Between hotels, motels, rented homes, campsites, glamping locations, and more, there are dozens of different styles of accommodation to choose from whenever you start planning a vacation. Hostels are often overlooked by many travelers, but are still worth considering your next trip. Why? Well, the first major advantage of hostels is their super low prices. You can stay in a hostel for less than half of the typical nightly price you’d find at a hotel. In addition, hostels also provide lots of communal areas like lounges and games rooms where you can have fun with friends and make new pals from all around the world. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


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Portland is Oregon’s biggest city and is well-known for its vibrant nightlife, delicious cuisine, and friendly people. There’s a lot to love about Portland and plenty of great museums, galleries, live shows, parks, and more to enjoy and explore. The city is home to a lot of traditional hotels and guesthouses, as well as several highly rated hostels. Selecting to stay in a hostel for your Portland trip is a smart idea for a long list of reasons. Not only are these locations hugely affordable, especially when compared to 5-star hotels and private apartments, but they also feature plenty of useful services and amenities like complimentary breakfasts, laundry rooms, shuttle services, and more.

Best Hostels in Portland

Portland doesn’t have dozens of different hostels, but it does have a few great locations worth checking out if you want to cut down the costs of your trip and get the best bang for your buck. By staying in a Portland hostel and saving money on your accommodation, you’ll have more cash to spend on great food and activities elsewhere around the city. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the best-rated hostels in Portland, Oregon.

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2.HI Portland Northwest Hostel

HI Portland Northwest Hostel
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HI is one of the top hostel chains all around the United States and actually has two separate locations in Portland, Oregon, so you can choose between them depending on which sites you'd like to visit and what you plan on doing in the city. The Northwest Hostel is situated relatively short distances from some of Portland's top attractions like the Oregon Zoo and Art Museum.

This location features both private rooms and classic hostel dorms with simple decor and clean beds. A 2-bed suite is also available for reservation at a higher fee and comes with its own living space and kitchen. All guests at HI Portland Northwest have free internet access and breakfast each morning. Regular BBQs are held at this hostel on warm nights and there's also a cafe on site.

479 NW 18th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, Phone: 503-241-2783

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3.HI Portland Hawthorne Hostel

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The second HI hostel location in Portland is located in the elegant Hawthorne district, a few miles out of the inner city and a further distance away from many of Portland's biggest attraction than HI Northwest. This hostel has received a lot of positive reviews from satisfied guests, with many travelers being impressed by the cleanliness of the rooms and the fun, colorful decor featured in the dorms.

Parking, internet, and breakfast are all free at this location and there's a comfortable communal lounge space and roof terrace too. The staff at HI Portland Hawthorne Hostel are reputed for being very friendly and always available, so if you ever have any questions or need some guidance on the local area, a helping hand is always nearby.

3031 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214, Phone: 503-236-3380

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4.Travelers' House Hostel

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In terms of reviews, Travelers' House Hostel is the best rated hostel in Portland, Oregon, offering the warm welcome, super service, and excellent facilities that you would expect from a classy hotel. Located in a relaxed, residential area a couple of miles away from downtown Portland, this location has good transport links into the city, making it easy for everyone to get to the museums, parks, and attractions they want to visit without any problems.

Three mixed-gender dorms can be found at Travelers' House, sleeping from 4 to 8 people each in bunk beds. Shared bathrooms are provided for all dorms. If you're traveling with kids or prefer a little more space, private rooms can also be reserved at Travelers' House Hostel. This location is fitted out with three communal lounge spaces, so there's always somewhere to go and relax after a day of exploring the city. A porch area and backyard space are also open to all guests, and free highspeed internet access is included in the cost of your room.

710 N Alberta St, Portland, OR 97217, Phone: 503-954-2304

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More Ideas: Leach Botanical Garden

Located in Portland, Oregon, the Leach Botanical Garden is a 17-acre public botanical garden operated as part of the Portland Parks and Recreation Bureau. During the 19th century, 320 acres of the Johnson Creek area of outer southeast Portland belonged to Jacob Johnson, a local sawmill operator responsible for furnishing lumber for many of the city's earliest homes.


In 1931, 4.5 acres of the Johnson property was purchased by John and Lilla Leach, who renamed it Sleepy Hollow. Lilla, a nationally acclaimed botanist credited with the discovery of five plant species, including one dating back to the Tertiary Period, cultivated the land into an extensive natural reserve.

In 1971, the property was bequeathed to the city's parks bureau, according to the Leaches' wills. The wills designated that the property be donated to the city for use as a botanical garden, unless the city did not develop the project within a decade, at which point it would be donated to the YMCA. The 10-year deadline nearly passed, but through the action of neighbors and community members who feared the garden would be razed for building development, the grounds were retained and preserved as a botanical garden, which opened in 1983.

Gardens and Attractions

The gardens are operated under a partnership between the Leach Garden Friends nonprofit, established in 1981, and the Portland Parks and Recreation Bureau. Today, the site encompasses more than 17 acres of land, showcasing the original house grounds along with newly developed facilities, gardens, and community activity spaces. Original metalwork by John Leach, an accomplished craftsman and former president of the Oregon Arts and Crafts Society, is on display throughout the garden.

More than a mile of paths and trailways feature over 2,000 plant species, including indigenous and non-native plants, hybrids, and cultivars, many originally grown and tendered by the Leaches themselves. Over 125 species of ferns from 40 genera are found on the grounds, as are a variety of wildflowers, rock garden plants, and medicinal herbs. The lush landscape, divided by Johnson Creek, is also home to deer, rabbits, beaver, weasels, hawks, hummingbirds, and butterflies.

The Manor House serves as an entrance for the facility, showcasing beds of alpine and heath plants. Other formal structures on the property include an East Terrace with a brick patio, arbors, and stone centerpiece, and a Stone Cabin that formerly served as a summer retreat for the Leaches and their guests. Along the trails, many plants preserved from the Leaches' original collections, including camellias and trilliums, are labeled to educate visitors. Beds and garden areas are dedicated to plants that thrive in cold and dry climate conditions, including a Rock Garden slope emulating the alpine regions of the Pacific Northwest. Moist and dry Coniferous Woods are home to vibrant springtime blooms and woodland lily species such as Lilium, Polygonatum, and Smilacina. A Physic Garden also honors John Leach's work as a pharmacist, featuring shade-tolerant medicinal plants.

In the park's upper meadow, a Children's Discovery Garden serves as an educational area for students and young children, while local middle school students utilize the area as a community service learning facility. The garden's implementation is the first part of an ongoing Upper Garden Development Plan, which is set to feature an aerial tree walk, a pollinator meadow, a gathering green, and enhanced plantings and navigation pathways.

Ongoing Programs and Education

Through partnerships with local Portland organizations, the garden offers educational programming on botany, geology, and gardening. Art classes taught by local artists are also offered for both children and adults, emphasizing styles and techniques used to capture the natural world on print and canvas. Themed guided tours for adults are offered weekly, emphasizing the history and diverse plant life of the park.

The weekly Honeybee Hike series takes children ages 2-5 on an hour-long walk through the garden's trails, encouraging participants to experience nature through the use of their five senses before returning for a craft project. An Art in Nature summer day camp is held annually, emphasizing artistic and scientific exploration of the natural world. In May, a Children's Nature Fair is held in conjunction with community partners, including Portland Audubon and the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, featuring live music and family-friendly activities. Other popular events for adult visitors include an annual holiday bazaar, an English tea series, and a spring plant sale, which serves as a major fundraiser for the facility.

A summer college internship program offers hands-on experience for students looking to embark on careers in landscape architecture and horticulture. Interns are selected yearly to work alongside the facility's horticultural staff, caring for onsite plants and assisting with public programming.

6704 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97236, Phone: 503-823-9503

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More Ideas: International Rose Test Garden

The International Rose Test Garden is magnificent garden dedicated to growing roses set in Portland’s Washington Park and is home to more than 7,000 rose plants in 550 varieties. The purpose of the Garden, which is the oldest operating public test garden for roses in the country, is to serve as a testing ground for new roses and exemplifies Portland's nickname the “City of Roses.”

The International Rose Test Garden is spread over nearly five acres across several tiers with panoramic views over the Willamette River and East Portland and on a clear day, breathtaking vistas of the Cascade Mountains and Mount Hood. The 7,000 plus roses in the park may start opening anywhere from mid-May to late June, depending on the amount of sunshine there is, and usually bursts into full bloom about the first week of June. There is an annual Rose Festival in June to showcase the garden’s great bounty before the flowers start fading in mid-October, again, depending on the weather.

The International Rose Test Garden features some of the world’s most popular varieties, including the hybrid tea rose, cluster-like floribunda roses, long-stemmed Grandiflora roses, and miniature, climber, shrub, and tree roses.

The International Rose Test Garden features several collections with unique characters ranging from rose varieties named after Shakespeare to award-winning Gold Medal roses. The Garden also features a variety of sculptures and fountains, including the Frank E. Beach Memorial Fountain, a modern stainless steel sculpture, and fountain by artist Lee Kelly.

Donated by the LaBarre Shakespeare Club in 1945, the Shakespeare Rose Test Garden was originally designed to include only herbs, trees, and flowers mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays. The trees in the garden grew so prolifically that the sun-loving plants that were originally planted needed to be replaced by more shade-loving plants to keep the trees. The rose varieties in the Shakespeare Garden, however, are still named after characters in Bard’s plays in his honor. Oher features in the natural garden include a raised sitting are, shady lawn for picnics and winding brick pathways, making it a popular venue for small weddings and intimate celebrations. The focal point of the Shakespeare Rose Test Garden is a brick wall featuring a plaque with Williams Shakespeare’s image and his quote, “Of all flowers methinks a rose is best.”

The Royal Rosarian Garden honors the goodwill ambassadors and rosarians who serve in the many Rose Festivals around the world. Planted in 1924, the garden features rose varieties that have been named after each knighted rosarian, as well as each of the primary Rosarian Prime Ministers. An exclusive ‘garden-within-a-garden’ features many varieties of roses that are no longer commercially available.

The Miniature Rose Garden is a unique testing ground for miniature roses (one of only six such grounds) for the American Rose Society and features single elevated beds for each of their unique varieties. The annual national winners are displayed in the middle of the garden along the center aisle.

The Gold Medal Garden is a formal garden with award-winning roses dating back to the 1960s. Located on a terrace above the Shakespeare Garden, the Gold Medal Garden is home to all the varieties of roses that have won Gold Awards. The acclaimed garden also features several walkways, a central fountain, and a lovely gazebo, making it a perfect venue for weddings and other special celebrations.

In addition to the garden’s collections, the Test Garden is home to an amphitheater which hosts a range of classical music concerts and plays throughout the year. The amphitheater is also a favorite place for picnicking and games during the summer months.

The International Rose Test Garden is located at 400 SW Kingston Avenue (Rose Park Road) in Portland and is open from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm daily with free admission. The garden is wheelchair accessible and free tours led by trained volunteers are offered from June through September. Guided tours for groups of 10 or more can be arranged for a nominal fee per person. Free public concerts are held in the garden over a two week period during summer, usually in August.

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400 SW Kingston Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97205, Phone: 503-823-3636

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More Ideas: World Forestry Center

The World Forestry Center (WFC) in Portland is an international non-profit organization that is dedicated to educating the public about the importance of forests and sustainable forestry. Founded in 1966, the World Forestry Center provides critical programs and presentations in forestry and related fields that are aimed at the convention and professional development of practitioners and global leaders.

One the main programs run by The World Forestry Center is the renowned World Forest Institute Program, which involves hosting both public and private forest professionals from all over the world with the aim of promoting knowledge exchange and advancing research.

The mission of The World Forestry Center's is to inform, inspire and educate the public about the world's forests and trees, and the important role they play in daily life to promote a balanced and sustainable future for all. The center achieves this mission through three programs: the Discovery Museum, two hands-on working forests—the Magness Memorial Tree Farm and the Johnson-Swanson Tree Farm—and the World Forest Institute. Another important program of the Center is the International Fellowship Program.

The World Forestry Center is home to the World Forestry Discovery Museum, which was opened in 1971 to educate the general public about local and global forests and sustainable forestry. Located in Portland’s beautiful Washington Park, the 20,000 square foot museum features an array of exciting and informative exhibits and displays, an art gallery and a unique tree farm. All of these encourage visitors to become informed, educated and inspired by the importance of forests and trees in the world today, as well as environmental sustainability. The Museum also offers a range of year-round classes and workshops for students of all ages and educational field trips for school groups.

The Art Gallery features six local artists from Oregon whose works are inspired by trees, showcasing their geographical, social and historical contexts and include a variety of media such as prints, drawings, and paintings.

The World Forestry Center campus has a beautifully preserved 42-ton Lima Shay geared locomotive named “Peggy” in the display for visitors to explore. Built in 1909 by Lima Locomotive Works, the engine spent her life working as a log hauler in forests of Washington and then Oregon for more than 50 years, survived the Tillamook Burn and after retiring was donated to the City of Portland.

Petrified Stump

The World Forestry Discovery Museum also features an ancient petrified Giant Sequoia tree stump that dates back five million years and weighs close to 10,000 pounds. The petrified tree stump was found in North Dakota and donated by Lew Smith of Smith Rock in Portland. The Discovery Museum also has an amazing collection of cut and polished petrified wood from other trees showing many different ages.

Nestled in the Chehalem Mountains of the Willamette Valley, the Magness Memorial Tree Farm is one of two internationally recognized, hands-on demonstration forests that offer visitors an interactive and hands-on approach to environmental learning. This educational project offers visitors an ideal chance to learn more about the internationally recognized demonstration forest and the outdoor education site. The Memorial Site is open to the general public from dawn to dusk, year round and features a network of hiking trails, sheltered picnic areas, forests, streams and meadows in which to relax and enjoy.

The World Forest Institute

The World Forest Institute was established by the World Forestry Center in 1989 to meet a growing demand for information about forestry and environmental sustainability. The World Forest Institute was founded by the pioneer of the forest products industry, Harry A. Merlo, whose vision was to globalize the forestry sector and encourage an exchange of information on forest trade, regulation, management, and forest resources on a global scale.

The World Forestry Center is located at 4033 SW Canyon Road in Portland and is open Memorial Day through Labor Day daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Center has several venues that can be hired for special occasions and celebrations such as weddings, workshops, corporate events, and get-togethers.

World Forest Institute International Fellowship Program

The World Forest Institute offers the International Fellowship Program which is a week-long professional development field course offered to experienced leaders in research, education, strategic communication, and natural resource management who are committed to active learning and teaching about the world’s forests.

The World Forestry Center is also home to the Leadership Hall of Fame, which honors the people who have made significant contributions to forestry by displaying the photographs and biographies of more than 200 forestry leaders.

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4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland, Oregon 97221, Phone: 503-228-1367

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