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Places to see in Portland

Taking my first trip to Portland this year--literally no idea at all what I should see there--just decided I wanted to see it. Tell me where to go!!! :)

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  • Valerie Fidan

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    • Eat at the one of the many community Food Pods
    • Go cheese tasting at The Cheese Bar in Belmont
    • Go urban wine tasting
    • Enjoy a spa day
    • Explore Hoyt Arboretum and Mt Tabor
    • See the International Rose Test Garden(near the Japanese Gardens)
    • Catch movie and a dinner at McMenamins Bagdad Theatre & Pub (it's an experience!)
    • Stroll through the Chinese Garden Restaurant & Lounge
    • Skip the link at Voodoo Doughnuts and grab one at Blue Star Donuts (glaze maple bacon!)
    • Grab darn good cocktail at Sapphire Hotel on Hawthorn
    • Shop around Mississippi Ave
    • Take the OHSU Aerial Tram down the hill to South Waterfront
    • Then take the Streetcar into Downtown (the Streetcar is right outside the tram station)
    • Visit Powell's City of Books. Powell’s is a must-visit if you’re in Portland. It is the largest bookstore ever. It takes up a whole city block and is four stories.
    • Head up to Portland City Grill (111 SW 5th Ave), which is located on the 30th floor of the pink building, for happy hour. It offers great views of Portland, and a very nice restaurant and bar. Happy hour is from 4:30-6:30 pm, awesome food deals, drinks are not on sale but they have the best mojitos I’ve ever had (and cool ones like passion fruit mojito, mango mojito, etc).
    • Have brunch at Tasty N Sons
    • Eat at Hamlet in the Pearl District
    • If you are there on the first Thursday of the month check out Fist Thursdays in the Pearl.
    • Check out the Saturday Market which also runs on Sundays, too!
    • Check out a Timbers match (yep, soccer is big deal in PDX)
    • Take an easy hike at Mt Tabor
    • Like hiking? Hike Dog Mountain. It's challenging but the views are well worth the agony ;)



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  • Tiffany Weber

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    What you should see depends on what kind of travel you like, but I'll give you some basics.

    The heart of downtown Portland lies along the waterfront walk and the few blocks west of it. There you'll find the the best shopping and cool hangouts around Pioneer Place. There's a large square there with street musicians. Walk or bike along the waterfront. Walk the city.

    Powell's Books is a local icon and now on tourist maps, but it's a really cool bookstore.

    If this is your first trip, you should head to the hills above Portland and see the International Rose Test Garden. They are stunning and provide the best views of Portland and Mount Hood. The Japanese Gardens and zoo are there as well, but the rose gardens are free and gorgeous.

    Portland is known for it's "Keep Portland Wierd" slogan, so look for oddities. The Portland Saturday Market was one of my favorite things to do when I lived there. It's artsy and fun.

    There are tons of amazing restaurants and micro breweries in the city. If you want to do wine tasting, head to Newberg. There are some really fantastic wineries in that area on beautiful grounds.

    For another great day trip, drive 90 minutes to Timberline Lodge Or you can drive along the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and see our famous waterfalls including Multnomah Falls. There's great hikes in this area, so you can easily make a full day of it. Eat at the lodge there. The food is good and reasonably priced.

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    • Debbie L.

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      Awesome suggestions, Tiffany! I've been to Portland a few times before, but have never stayed long enough to take in the nature-y part of it. I'll have to make that trip sometime because these sound great! · (0 likelikes)

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