Portland is a great city that has been making a name for itself on the map in the last few years. More and more world renown great eats, stores, parks, etc. are popping up in Portland. There are so many great things to do in downtown Portland alone.
Here are some of Portland resident’s favorite downtown activities:
1. Get Outdoors/ Enjoy a Park
You may at one point have heard Portland residents referred to as tree huggers, but who can blame us with all of the gorgeous parks throughout Portland? Forest Park just outside of downtown is a favorite spot to enjoy the natural beauty of the city. It overlooks the Willamette River and is the largest wooded urban park in the country. There are 70 miles of walking/hiking trails where locals love to walk, hike, bike, and dog walk.
2. Go for a Bike Ride
About 6% of Portland residents prefer to get around town by bike on a daily basis. It is listed as a top U.S. biking town in a few different bicycling magazines. Take a tour with Pedal Bike Tours or Portland Bike Tours and you may find yourself researching new bikes because you are hooked.
3. Enjoy a Microbrew
To some Portland residents, the city is the microbrew capital of the world. You may even hear the term Beervana. Portland has around 31 breweries. If you like a good bear you will not be disappointed in Portland. Take a tour of a microbrewery and find your new favorite or for harder libations check out Distillery Row.
4. Catch up on Some Reading
The world’s largest chain of independent bookstores. The flagship shop is in downtown and you will need the store provided map the first time you go to find your way out again. This is no typical big box bookstore, it is a place to get lost in unique reeds, a bookworm’s Disneyland.
5. Stop and Smell the Roses
The International Rose Test Garden gives insight to Portland’s nickname “City of Roses.” In 1917 the garden was started during World War I to help preserve species of European roses feared to be decimated by war bombings. Today, the garden is home to 7,000 gorgeous rose bushes. June is the best time to see them in bloom.
Portland has a wide range of amazing food, from small food trucks to world renown doughnuts and ice cream with lines of people out the door. Check out these top Portland eateries:
- Nona’s Khao Man Gai food cart
- Voodoo Doughnuts
- Salt and Straw Ice Cream
- Stumptown Coffee
- Hopworks Urban Brewery
- Bamboo Sushi
- Life of Pie Pizza
- Portland City Grill
7. Catch a Movie
Portland has an eclectic collection of movie-going experiences, from the traditional contemporary theater to historic landmarks, to movie brewpubs.
Enjoy a meal on a comfy couch and a house-brewed beer on tap at one of the McMenamins group of theaters housed in historic buildings around the town.
Hollywood Theater is a Portland landmark showing a unique collection of moving pictures, giving local artists a start, and enriching young lives with school educational experiences.
8. Take in Some Culture and Art
Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum on the west coast and seventh oldest in the country. It has an amazing collection of art and hosts rotating exhibits.
OMSI- Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Just as the name implies a great place to learn about Portland’s industrial roots and science. It is one of the nation’s leading science museums and a great place to take the kids for fun education the whole family will enjoy.
9. Stroll Through the Zoo
The Portland Zoo is one of Oregon’s largest tourist attractions, located in Washington Park right next to the famous rose garden. Come and enjoy a large variety of exotic and local wildlife.
Portland has a great collection of stores in the downtown area. The west end, within walking distance of the central downtown area, offers the most unique and trendy cluster of boutiques. Pioneer Place takes up four city blocks and you can find more than 70 of today’sbig-namee retailers. If you are sporty you can’t not hop into the Nike flagship store.
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