Portland Must-see: The Essential Travel Spots
With a city as quirky and spontaneous as Portland it’s nice knowing which hot spots make up the essentials for a memorable vacation.
Portland has the fun of a large city with the atmosphere of a welcoming hometown. Nowhere else on earth can you visit over sixty breweries while enjoying some of the most beautiful landscape northern America has to offer. But most importantly Portland values culture over anything else and you’ll see it in their art, and you’ll see their art everywhere. Witnessing an outdoor public art gallery with people riding bikes to get a pint of something cold isn’t a strange sight for the locals and after anytime there it won’t be for you either. With a city this enthusiastic about embracing who they are there will be plenty of citywide celebrations throughout the year. Snap a picture to capture the moment and then put the camera away because you won’t want to miss this.
Hop On This Tour
Portland is home to over sixty breweries, making it the beer capital of the world! With a title that special there is only one way to properly enjoy all of the breweries: head on over to Brewvana where a team of brewery enthusiasts will guide you through the art form. Ride to each destination in style as you take in the sights through the windows of one of their three customized quirky short buses full of art and laughter. The bus even comes fully equipped with cup holders and a guaranteed sober driver that allows you to appreciate each fresh sample directly from the source. Choose between a private tour catered specifically to your group or a public tour fun for all parties involved. Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir from the gift shop because you literally will not be able to duplicate this adventure anywhere else.
Try A Bite
Maybe you’re in Portland and don’t fancy yourself a drink. Maybe you just want to eat the best the city has to offer. Whichever the case, the Forktown Food Tours is your answer. Bring your appetite along on an expedition that will leave you and your taste buds asking for thirds. Forktown Food Tours offer 5 separate tours: Downtown and The Pearl District, Downtown and the Farmer’s Market, Alphabet District and North West 23rd Avenue, North Mississippi Avenue, Division Street – Southeast Eats. Not every tour is on the table everyday, so plan ahead and send my compliments to the chef.
Take In The Scenery
Portland is more than breweries and manmade art. If you don’t believe me, then take a day to visit the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Rivers, waterfalls, and mountains make up an area of 292,500 acres. With all this land there is definitely more than one way to take it in. Lace up your hiking boots, rent a bike, or grab a paddle for some rafting At Columbia River Gorge! Luckily enough Portland is one city that stays beautiful all year regardless of the season, so pick your favorite and pack your bags. And remember, no Portland experience is complete without some form of alcohol so don’t forget to call your friends at the Gorge Waterfalls and Wine Tour where the view comes with a drink.
Live Like A Local
In the heart of downtown lies the soul of Portland also known as The Pearl District. It has earned the reputation of the leading neighborhood for urban renaissance for good reason. The Pearl District is built entirely out of culture with the occasional boutique, art gallery, restaurant, and family-friendly park sprinkled in-between each block. It is even home to the Cider Bite, the only Portland cider house west of Willamette River. However, it isn’t known as the hub of all things cultural in Portland because of just one unique cider house — but it might be because of The Portland Center Stage. The Portland center stage is one of twenty renowned professional theaters in America. So take a walk, enjoy a beverage, and settle down for a show. Or book a sightseeing tour with Portland Segway, Portland brewery Bike Tour, or the Portland sightseeing tour. You’ll be feeling like a local in no time.
You’ll Only Need Two Wheels
The best way to fit in while taking in all the sights requires a bike. There are plenty of bike tours to choose from but we suggest Pedal Bike Tours. Starting at forty-nine dollars you’ll be given the essential preview to the hot spots that make Portland the famous city it is. Once you’re done revisit your favorite stop of the tour to dive further into the atmosphere. Although, you’ll probably just want to repeat whole trail or do the segway version if you don't have the energy for another round.
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