25 Most Popular Spots to Instagram Portland Oregon

Portland is a quirky, artsy town that you could spend all day taking photos. Even while we were putting this list together, we found so many random spots we loved on the way to certain murals. Keep in mind many of the murals are constantly changing and since Portland is a rapidly growing city, we’ve seen new buildings develop right in front of them. We’ll try to update them as we see them come and go, but if you notice something that’s changed, let us know! If you’re looking for fun spots to take photos, we’ve narrowed down our favorites to the top 25.

P.S. The words “ig spots” or “popular” probably makes most Portlanders cringe.

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Last Updated: August 10, 2019


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1125 SE Division St Suite 103, 97202, map

One of our friends introduced us to this banana mural down the street from her house, which was once illegal graffiti and Portland’s oldest mural dating back to 1984. Today it’s a beloved landmark!

2. Powell’s City of Books

1005 W Burnside St, 97209, map

3. Keep Portland Weird Sign

350 W Burnside St, 97209, map

3229 NW Pittock Dr, 97210, map

This is hands down our favorite view in Portland.

1308 SE Morrison St, 97214, map

SW Taylor St & SW Naito Pkwy, 97204, map

I’m not sure who exactly does the gardening and takes care of this park, but it has seen a lot of changes over time. Sometimes you’ll find different trees or little figurines.

8. Voodoo Doughnut

1501 NE Davis St, 97232, map

A good spot for photos but not so much for the donuts. Trust us, we used to live in the apartment next door to this one. 

9. Historic Portland White Stag Sign

31 NW Naito Pkwy, 97209, map

Photo Tip: We like taking the photo down Burnside Bridge with a longer lens.

1114 SW Washington St, 97205, map

1022 SW Stark St, 97205, map

15. Ira Keller Fountain Park

SW 3rd Ave & Clay St, 97201, map

Take a photo in front of an urban waterfall or head out to the Columbia River Gorge for some real ones.

16. Everything is Everything by Zach Yarrington

508 SE Grand Ave, 97214, map

18. Cathedral City Park and St Johns Bridge

6635 N Baltimore Ave, 97203, map

20. View from OHSU Aerial Tram

3303 SW Bond Ave, 97239, map

21. Keep Your Chin Up by Blaine Fontana + Zach Yarrington + Jun Inoue

2127 NE Alberta St, 97211, map

22. Flamingos at Pie Spot

521 NE 24th Ave, 97232, map

This one was a fun mural we stumbled upon while looking for the mural across the parking lot. I ended up liking this one way more. Plus, it wasn’t obstructed with trash bins.

400 SW Kingston Ave, 97205, map

If you’re going to visit Rose City, you should take the time to smell the roses. The peak season is generally in June.

24. Witch’s Castle

Lower Macleay Trail, 97210, map


More Instagram SPots in Portland

More Murals in Portland

No Longer around

  • Tron Trees and Colorful Creatures – Brendan Monroe and Souther Salazar – building developed right in front.
  • World Naked Bike Ride Mural by BMD (SE 8th and Division Place along the Tilikum bike trail) – the mural is still there but the building is being sold and there is a fence that goes around it that makes it hard to take photos.
  • Archangel by Kamea Hadar and MEGGS (1340 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214) – there’s a fence that cuts through a third of it.

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Anything we missed? Where are your favorite spots to take photos in Portland?



“Discovery consists not of seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes” – M. Proust

Esther + Jacob

Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Portland Oregon.

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This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Where did you to get the photo of the Portland/White stag sign?

    1. It’s taken from Burnside Bridge. You can’t miss it when you’re walking across.

  2. This sooooo helpful! Glad found you guys while browsing today. Will be in Oregon a/ my spouse and few good friends in less than 2weeks! Can’t wait to see Portland.

    1. Hope you had a wonderful time, Mady! :) So glad we could help!

  3. This was so amazing and helpful. Thank you for putting this together.

  4. I have wanted to find more spots so thank you for adding to my list!!! You inspired me to actually make my own for once so when my clients ask me where to go I can just send it to them!

  5. Swimming whale mural is covered, it can be taken off the list.

    1. Thanks for letting us know! Do you mean the Swimming Elephant?

    2. It’s not covered, really. There are just food carts in the formerly empty lot now.

  6. I’m heading to PDX in a few weeks, and can’t wait to use your Google map to find some of these spots. Thanks for putting this together! It’s brilliant.

    1. So happy to hear you found this helpful! :) Hope you have a wonderful Portland trip!

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