The Best Photography in Portland

Looking for the best photography in Portland? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Portland. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top photography spots in and near Portland

  • Portland, Oregon

    Run Along Waterfront Park

    4.5
    Looking for a quick run along the water in the heart of Portland? Look no further. This relatively flat 2.6 mile loop runs right along the Willamette and features great views of the city’s bridges, river, the downtown skyline, and all of the fun people enjoying this urban park. From the Salmon St...
    Read more
  • Portland, Oregon

    Night Photography at the OMSI Dock

    4.5
    Starting at OMSI, walk towards the Hawthorne bridge, and away from the Tillicum bridge. After about a tenth of a mile, you will see a dock and the Hawthorne bridge. Walk down on the dock, or take pictures from above. For added adventure, walk under the Hawthorne bridge and take pictures from the ...
    Read more
  • Portland, Oregon

    Explore the International Rose Test Garden

    4.6
    The International Rose Garden located in Washington Park near downtown Portland is a must stop on your visit to the Rose City. The City of Roses, as Portland as known, won't let you down. Portland is host to the largest Rose Test Garden in the U.S. The 5 acre park, with over 7,000 rose bushes, an...
    Read more
  • Portland, Oregon

    Explore the Portland Japanese Garden

    4.0
    2 mi / 50 ft gain
    While the Portland Japanese Garden is a popular place for tourists, it's also a favorite for Portland residents as it's located right in Washington Park close to trails and across from the Rose Garden. The Japanese Garden also just unveiled its Cultural Crossing expansion in April 2017, which inc...
    Read more
  • Portland, Oregon

    Explore Portland's Hoyt Arboretum

    12 mi
    Founded in 1928 to conserve endangered species and educate visitors, Hoyt Arboretum is a 190-acre park in the forest above Portland's NW area. It's only 15 minutes from downtown! There are 12+ miles of trails to explore, my favorite is the Redwood Trail that takes you through towering redwoods an...
    Read more
  • Portland, Oregon

    Hike the Wildwood Trail

    5.0
    10 mi / 450 ft gain
    Take the train to Washington Park and hike through the arboretum. This will bypass a few miles of Wildwood Trail, but you won't miss much.In the arboretum, the trail twists and turns through the trees, will smaller trails jutting off to the sides, through other groups of trees (each trail is aptl...
    Read more
  • Portland, Oregon

    Photograph Downtown Portland From Pittock Mansion

    4.7
    Pittock Mansion offers a one of kind view of downtown Portland. This is a historic site that allows public access throughout the day and night. Parking is available at Pittock until 9pm but if you wish to visit the grounds after hours you can park at the bottom of the driveway, walk around the ga...
    Read more
  • Portland, Oregon

    Hike Lower Macleay Park to Pittock Mansion

    3.0
    5.3 mi / 950 ft gain
    Lower Macleay Park is one of most easily accessible trailheads in the city, especially during one of Portland’s rare snow years where even driving up to 500 feet of elevation can challenge your car. You can park within the park entrance cul-de-sac, around the intersection of Upshur St. & NW 2...
    Read more
  • Portland, Oregon

    Explore Mount Tabor Park

    4.3
    Sitting 400 feet above the city with views of Mt. Hood and Portland doesn't sound to bad right?? Mount Tabor is located in Southeast Portland and is a once active volcano. There are 196 acres of park for you to explore.In order to photograph the best pictures of Mt. Hood I highly suggest getting ...
    Read more
  • Portland, Oregon

    Catch the Sunrise from Rocky Butte

    4.2
    Joseph Wood Hill Park is another under the radar gem right in the heart of the city. It’s located on Rocky Butte, an extinct volcanic cylinder cone, and provides sweeping panoramic view of Portland and beyond. Accessing the park is easy – you can drive directly there and parking is plentiful.Plan...
    Read more
  • Portland, Oregon

    Photograph the St. John's Bridge

    4.5
    To begin, park on North Pittsburg Ave and walk down to the river. Then, turn left and walk down the short less than a quarter mile until you see a spot where the beach is bigger than in other areas. This is an extremely good place to take photographs of the bridge, especially at night. Feel free ...
    Read more
  • Portland, Oregon

    Explore Cathedral Park

    4.5
    Located right underneath the St Johns Bridge, Cathedral Park is hard to miss. It was given its name due to the Gothic looking arches that sit above the park.This is one of my personal favorite places to photograph especially if you enjoy photographing bridges. This park can be crowded or have eve...
    Read more
  • 11020 Southwest Denney Road, Oregon

    Run the Fanno Creek trail

    4 mi
    The parking lot marked is at the North end of the Fanno Creek trail, you can get on the paved path here and put on just about as many miles as you want! With the help of google maps on your phone you can follow trail hop all the way down to Tualatin! But if you're looking for a shorter workout yo...
    Read more
  • Beaverton, Oregon

    Hike through Tualatin Hills Nature Park

    2 mi
    This is an awesome place to escape to for a workout, or just a walk through the forest! You can make it a short walk, or turn it in to 6+ miles of loops! The one main trail is paved, but it’s not hard to find some single dirt track trails branching off and wandering through the trees, it can make...
    Read more
  • Gladstone, Oregon

    Run the Clackamette Park Loop

    1.2 mi / 10 ft gain
    Clackamette Park is known for its prime destination right off of the freeway and across from Oregon City's most popular shopping area, but it's frequented for its public boat dock, RV facilities, and handicap-accessible picnic benches. While the rest of Portland's parks freeze over or flood, Clac...
    Read more
  • Oregon City, Oregon

    Walk the Canemah Bluff Loop

    5.0
    1.6 mi / 200 ft gain
    You'll never stumble upon Canemah Park unless you're really looking for it. Tucked away in the hills of Oregon City above the Locks, this residential park has a miniature-sized set of everything you'd expect in a children's park: Playground, picnic benches, bathrooms, and wide, forested trails. D...
    Read more