Time and again, travel writers point out to a city and exclaim breathlessly, ‘There is something different about this particular town’. One visit to Portland, Oregon and you can’t help but agree with this sentiment.
The city is a massive breeding ground for ideas that are decidedly libertarian and non-conformist, leading to conversations, experiences, sights, attractions, and establishments that makes the idea of ‘Tourism in Portland, Oregon’ not only interesting but quite possibly irresistible!
The city can proudly boast not only of its rich culture, but also of the incredibly generous natural beauty of the parks, woods, rivers, and mountains surrounding it. It is safe to say that, every tourist to Portland, Oregon finds something that sparks their interest in this wonderful town.
Here are some of the most Interesting Things to Do in Portland, Oregon:
1. Take a hike up to the impressive Mount Hood for the quintessentially wonderful Oregonian experience. The second most climbed mountain in the world and the area surrounding it, gifts its visitors tantalizing experiences of hiking, climbing, skiing, swimming, kayaking and canoeing all year-round.
2. Take a run/hike/walk in the enormous and appropriately named Forest Park. The 5100-acre area that is more of a human friendly temperate rain forest than a park, is home to beautiful plants, animals and very friendly locals.
3. Thanks to the Willamete River flowing through the city, Portland is home to unique and extremely functional bridges. Make sure you see the incredible Steel Bridge, a double-deck bridge that can vertical lift a part of itself; a feat that only this bridge can manage in the world. Hopping on a bicycle for a special bridge tour of the city, is highly recommended.
4. For the book lovers of the world, get lost in the wonderful world of Powell’s Books; arguably the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world. With over 3,500 different sections to choose from, the book store is housed in a building that stretches into an entire city block, making it a virtual paradise for book lovers. It is located in Pearl’s district of Portland.
5. Smell the roses at the International Rose Garden, one of the oldest rose testing gardens in the United States of America. Entry to the garden is free and the best to time to watch the flowers in full bloom is from the months of April to October.
6. Take a culinary wonder tour that will take you on a mini world trip across the best of the cuisines from across the world. Some of the most deliciously diverse fare offering food trucks in America can be found here. The recommendations include Nong’s Khao Man Gai, Tabor, and Potato Champion.
7. Experience, see, and explore an authentic Chinese Garden right in the middle of Portland at the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Built in the year 1999, the garden is an authentic reproduction of the famous Sozhou Chinese gardens.
8. Do not forget to eat the Portland Crème and the Vodoo Doughnut at the Vodoo’s for the quirky and a truly delicious Portland eating experience.
9. With a city blessed with some of the most interesting and diverse museums in the region, a Museum tour to learn about Portland’s story is highly recommended. Make sure you include the Portland Art Museum, Portland Children’s Museum, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry on your list.
Do not forget to check out the Peabody Award-winning show Portlandia for a witty insight into the quirky world of the city.