Great Walk along the river in the downtown area. You can follow this up with a walk up to the zoo or OHSU you to ride the sky tram to grab a different perspective view of the city. I meander along the trail and others within forest park often. A beautiful stop is always the rose gardens that overlook the city a nice spot to relax and literally smell the roses. Grab a fresh coffee and a water go explore.
Beverly T. on Eastbank Esplanade Loop Trail
Beautiful walk. Bikes can be a little aggressive so watch out.
Not a bad little walk if you are in the Portland area for the day. Nice views of the Willamette and downtown PDX. We traveled clockwise, which seemed to be the direction of choice for other walkers and bikers as well. Crossing the Steel Bridge was way loud, as a cargo train was coming in and screeching to high heaven. The Hawthorne was much less eventful.
The Esplanade to Waterfront Park loop is a very leisurely walk that takes you on both sides of the Willamette and across the Hawthorne and Steel Bridges. It's a perfect stroll on a nice day if you have friends or family visiting. This is a heavily used bike thoroughfare, so you may want to keep a close watch on small children.