There is so much to do in this majestic city in the Pacific Northwest! Here you can take in the local coffee culture, ride bikes, wear flannel all day long and so much more. If you’re planning a trip to the “The City That Works” read this list to get an idea of what you shouldn’t miss.
1. Living Room Theatre
Are you a film buff? A lover of indie movies? Or maybe you just want to find a place to hide away for the night? Check out this local movie theater. Grab a local microbrew and watch your favorite artsy film in your own personal reclining chair here. It’s just like your own living room!
2. Powell’s Books
In downtown Portland you can check out rare and small press books at Powell’s, the city’s largest bookstore. It has its own coffee shop and tons of corners and nooks to hideaway and read in. It’s a must see for any book lover.
3. Portland Trailblazers
Portland isn’t just hipsters, coffee, and art. This city is also home to renown NBA team that makes Oregon proud. See the Trailblazers at the Moda Center, formerly know as the Rose Garden.
4. Portland Saturday Market
This popup market takes places every Saturday in Ankeny Square. Here you’ll find local knick knacks, hand crafted accessories, candles and whatever else you can dream of. Portland is slogan is “Keep Portland Weird” so you can only imagine what kinds of random bobbles and local flare you’ll find here.
5. International Rose Test Garden
There are over 500 varieties of Roses here! You can check out the garden at your own pace, so you can stop and smell the roses OR you can go on a guided tour that takes place 1 p.m. daily. It’s your choice.
6. Food Carts
Portland is known for its many food carts. On all sidewalks and street corners you are likely to find one serving up things Thai, Mediterranean, Japanese treats. Stroll through the city and sample them as you go. There’s nothing they don’t serve.
7. Red and Black Café
If you love coffee, you won’t want to miss this collectively run coffeehouse. It’s flooded by hipsters with MacBook’s fighting the power and living up to the many anti-establishment placards that paper the café. Portland is a liberal city, so you’ll find many coffee shops like this, but Red and Black Café stands above all the rest and their coffee is to die for.
8. Washington Park
High above the city is a forest covered by pine trees. This forest is known as Washington Park. Within this park are the Rose Gardens, Japanese Gardens, and literally thousands of rose bushes. Pebbled pathways guide you through the park and to the various landscapes within it. In here you’ll also find the city’s zoo and an arboretum.
If cities had hipster districts, this would be Portland’s. Strolling through this trendy neighborhood you’ll oddballs with handlebar mustaches drinking slow drip coffee and riding fixed gear bicycles. You won’t want to miss this unique neighborhood. Go here to gawk or partake. In Portland all is accepted and encouraged.
10. Mount Hood
This is the lone Mountain that looms over the city, watching it in the distance. If you’re in this city for adventure, this is where you’ll find it. Navigate is rocky trails cover pine trees on a day hike or ski down it’s slopes depending on the weather. Either way be sure to check it out near sunset so you can get a view of the city that can’t be beat!