10 Portland Travel App Essentials

10 Portland Travel App Essentials

Jason Rodway
Jul 31, 2013

Summer is fading away, but there's still time to fit in a trip to the great Pacific Northwest to visit Portland, Oregon. The City of Roses offers unrivaled natural wooded beauty, a thriving locally-sourced ingredients dining scene, one of the greatest bookstores in the nation, and all the unique quirks that add up to the spirit of Portlandia. Here are 10 travel apps to guide you across Stumptown...

Getting Around and Accommodations

Left: Portland Transit - Right: Portland Offline Travel Guide

Portland Transit - Android
If we can make a recommendation while visiting Portland: ditch the car and get across from point A to B via Portland Transit. You'll see so much more and experience the city in a more close-up and personal manner. This aptly named application spryly helps visitors (and locals) locate bus stops, creates travel itinerary using bus/streetcar routes, and also serves up in-app schedules and maps when needed. Remember, if it's good enough for the locals, it's the right one to use. $5 - Equivalent for iOS / Windows Phone

Portland Offline Travel Guide - Android
A lot of offline travel guides share the same overall features, but what sets POTG apart from the pack is its intensive data available related to accommodations in Portland. Countless hotel photos, location info, prices, and proximity of restaurants, events, and tourist spots are all listed in detail. Once an accommodation has been decided and booked, POTG can also help guide visitors around Portland with an offline map and point-of-interest database. $4

City Maps and Shopping Guide

Left: MapsWithMe - Right: Groupon

MapsWithMe - iOS
MapsWithMe is an offline map app where users pay for only the features wanted/needed. The free vision offers a certain amount of basic downloadable maps, a servicable reference while traveling in cities like Portland. For $5 the full version, opens up all the maps in their database, with point-of-interest search, and synchronized bookmarks. $3 - Also available for Android

Groupon - Windows Phone
Groupon is a resource many vacationers often forget about checking before visiting another city...but shouldn't! Significant local discounts on everything from hotel rooms, spa treatments, restaurant gift cards, and tourist destinations can be had for big discounts, perfect for vacationers on a budget. So after scheduling a holiday, next time be sure to reference available Groupon deals and purchase in advance. Free - Also available for iOS / Android

Tourist Attractions

Left: Portland Insider - Right: Travel Portland

Portland Insider - iOS
Portland Insider is a fantastic resource for those seeking experiences beyond the typical travel guide, designed for use by city natives and tourists alike. Users can expect on-the-ground insights into Portland's numerous distinct neighborhoods from a local's perspective, with art and architecture, fascinating regional facts, schedules/guides to annual festivals, unique art installations, and one of a kind eateries all offered in mobile form. $3 - Also available for Android

Travel Portland - iOS
Check out what the Portland Tourist Board recommends most with the official tourist guide to the City of Roses. This handy (and very stylish!) app has the finger on Portland's Pacific Northwest pulse, with a full events calendar, restaurant list, weather information and what's near me function using GPS to find what's worth discovering nearby. I love the 'Be PDX' category that shows off what makes Portland remarkable, detailing the city's vibrant local brewpubs, must-try food carts, craft stores, and more. Free - Also available for