Things to do in Portland, OR

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Caution:

Keep an eye on your kids while hiking in the Columbia Gorge area. Many of the trails split.

Hot Tips:

Bring hiking shoes. The hiking opportunities are endless.

Caution:

Book McMenamins hotels early.

Caution:

Many restaurants in downtown stay busy all week. It's always best to make a reservation.

Be Sure to Sample:

Local microbrews and wine, Voodoo Doughnuts, and Moonstruck Chocolates.

Hot Tips:

Kells Irish Pub is a popular and fun place to go.

Avoid:

East Vista Ridge tunnel during rush hour. The traffic is always backed up there.

Hot Tips:

There is no sales tax in Oregon.

Best Local Souvenir:

Any locally handcrafted item. Portland's Saturday Market is full of these goodies.

 

 

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Portland is known for...

Five of Portland's most unique features and characteristics.

1. The Great Outdoors:

Though Portland has plenty of dense, urban neighborhoods, it is surrounded by the natural splendor of the great Northwest. Mount Hood to the east and Canon Beach to the west are each less than a 90 minute drive. Within the city limits is Forest Park, the nation's largest urban forest. The park has over 100 miles of hiking and bike trails. Many additional parks and rose gardens adorn the town.  

2. Micro-brewed Beer:

With more than 30 craft breweries within the city limits, Portland has more beer makers than any other town in the world. For more than 30 years, Portland has been the vanguard of the craft beer movement. There are ales and largers here for every taste. Breweries includes some nationally known brands, such as Widmere, as well as small brew-pubs with suds known only to locals.   

3. Art:

Portland is home to many artists who have helped create the city's creative, DIY ethos. Numerous galleries throughout downtown and the Northwest Pear District show off local art of all genres and media. New exhibits open on the first Thursday of each month. Visitors have the opportunity to walk through the gallery districts visiting numerous receptions featuring art, wine and music. The Portland Art Museum is one of the nation's 25 biggest, with a permanent collection that includes works ranging from antiquity to Post Modern.   

4. Music:

Portland's music scene may not be as universally recognized as our neighbor's to the north, but since the Kingsmen recorded their famous version of Louie Louie in 1963, Portland has been a consistent force in popular music. The city also claims a world-class symphony orchestra and some of the best jazz clubs on the west coast. Music festivals and outdoor concerts occur constantly during the summer months.     

5. Bicycling:

Bicycling is part of Portland culture. A higher percentage of Portlanders commute to work by bike than in any other American city. With 324 miles of designated bikeways, the city has been engineered for bike-friendliness. A 40 mile loop of mostly off-street, paved trails, allows cyclists to have safe access to many Portland neighborhoods and scenic areas.