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3 days in Portland- best inexpensive & fun activities?

My husband and I are spending three days in Portland next week. We've never been there and are looking for inexpensive fun activities. Trying to get a feel for the city that everyone raves about.

4 Answers

answered by
Adriana from Miami

Hi! I loved Portland. I would definitely go see the International Rose Test Garden it's beautiful and offers great views of the city. Also go to Mississippi Ave it has many good restaurants and bars and at night a few places have live bands. I recommend trying Little Big Burger it's so good! Por Que No is also an amazing inexpensive Mexican food place and it was so delicious. I also recommend going to the gorge it's a beautiful area and has gorgeous waterfalls. If you like hiking this is a great place. They also have great vineyards that offer wine tastings and inexpensive great wine. Enjoy there's so many nice things to do!

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  1. Portland (city)
  2. International Rose Test Garden (attraction)
  3. Little Big Burger (restaurant)
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answered first by
Cindy from Victoria, British Columbia

We spent three days in Portland a couple of weeks back.  We visited the Pittock Mansion, Bonneville Dam and checked out the Food Trucks (a whole city block of them).  If you're a Little People/Big World fan, you could go to the Roloff Farm which is 20 minutes or so outside of Portland.  You'll be in that area at the right time because the Farm is open for Pumpkin season.  Beautiful waterfalls just 20 minutes outside of Portland - Multnomah Falls, etc.  Good place to eat - Screen Door.  There can be a line up so get there before the door opens.  It's well worth the wait.  Great breakfast place is the Gateway Breakfast House.  Don't be put off by the way it looks.  Great breakfast food.  A little trivia - President Obama ate there during the 2012 election.  There's the Portland Market too.  You can look all of these suggestions up online.

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  1. Pittock Mansion (attraction)
  2. Bonneville Dam (attraction)
  3. Roloff Farm (restaurant)
  4. Screen Door (restaurant)
  5. Gateway Breakfast House (restaurant)
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answered by
Sandra from Portland

Get on the MAX and street care.  Inexpensive and easy way to get around. Takes you to many areas of the city.  Breweries are fun to visit if you like beer.  Stay away from McMenamins, too chainy and food not good.  Powells bookstore.  If you want a donut go to Blue Star Donuts, not Voodoo.  Mon-Fri Spella Caffe for coffee.  Museum has a nice exhibit right now and Living Room Theaters, or Cinema 21 could be showing some interesting independent films.  

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  1. Blue Star Donuts (attraction)
  2. Spella Caffe (attraction)
  3. Living Room Theaters (attraction)
  4. Cinema 21 (attraction)

answered by
Carly from Wisconsin

Portland has your usual Portland Art Museum Oregon Historical Society: Museum Store Oregon Zoo Oregon Museum of Science & Industry that will all cost a little bit of money to walk around for a few hours but I think it is worth it. As for free things to do, check out all the farmer markets: Downtown Farmers MarketPortland Farmer's Market - Pioneer Courthouse SquarePortland Farmers Market- most are open Saturday and Sunday mornings. Pioneer Courthouse Square has a nice park and is across the street from the Courthouse. Check their website, I believe they offer tours. Waterfront Park Trail is a nice walk during the day along the river. Keller Fountain Park has a nice waterfall to view. Union Station is another place to walk around and visit. Old Town Chinatown and Lan Su Chinese Garden are a must- experience. A little more out of the way that would take a rental car is Forest ParkSt. Johns Bridge and Cathedral Park. I highly suggest to take some pit stops at all the great micro-breweries and coffee shops. 

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  1. Portland Art Museum (attraction)
  2. Oregon Historical Society: Museum Store (attraction)
  3. Oregon Zoo (attraction)
  4. Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (attraction)
  5. Downtown Farmers Market (attraction)
  6. Portland Farmer's Market - Pioneer Courthouse Square (restaurant)
  7. Portland Farmers Market (restaurant)
  8. Pioneer Courthouse Square (attraction)
  9. Waterfront Park Trail (attraction)
  10. Keller Fountain Park (attraction)
  11. Union Station (attraction)
  12. Old Town Chinatown (attraction)
  13. Lan Su Chinese Garden (attraction)
  14. Forest Park (attraction)
  15. St. Johns Bridge (attraction)
  16. Cathedral Park (attraction)

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