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Top 10 Things You Must Do In Portland

A Geek's Guide to Enjoying Portland Oregon.
Couldn't hold it to just 10, so it's "Top-10-Plus." Just one set of opinions, perhaps a decent place to start your planning.

Top - 10 - Plus

  1. Tax-Free Shopping (No Sales Tax, No VAT.)
  2. Powell's City of Books (503) 228-4651 The 3-story city block of books, is Downtown on the Streetcar (in The Pearl). They have a separate free-standing Technical Bookstore across the street. You'll also find Powells Books inside the PDX Airport, in Beaverton and on Hawthorne. Visiting Author Readings (Calendar) are sometimes recorded for BookTV.
  3. Oregon Wine: Try a glass. Hey, you're here. Just saying.
  4. Oregon Microbrew Beer: Try a pint or three. Hey, you're here... Better yet, try a sampler at several Brew Pubs - they're everywhere.
  5. Oregon Brew Pubs: Visit, eat, drink the beer here.
  6. Walk in a Park "The City of Roses" is also a City of Parks. You deserve a walk in a park.
  7. Walk in a Garden In addition to famous test gardens for Roses and Rhodendendrons Portland is home formal Chinese and Japanese gardens. Then there are Botanical Gardens like the Berry Bishop's Close The Grotto
  8. Portland Saturday Market Merchandise sold to you by the person who made it. Saturday and Sunday Only.
  9. Locally Owned Restaurant You're going to eat anyway, why not have a unique Portland Oregon experience?
  10. World-famous Flaming Spanish Coffee Ritual at Hubers. Performed at your table. Unforgetable. Portland's oldest restaurant and bar still packs them in.
  11. Portland Streetcar Loop Use your all-week pass to do a loop on the Portland Streetcar (or pay $2 for a few hours pass). See Powells, Portland State University, NW 23rd, the Pearl, the South Waterfront development and the Tram. Eat or drink at the Spaghetti Factory chain's flagship restaurant.
  12. Tram Ride On a clear day, you can see Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, The Willamette River, The Columbia River, The Airport, Downtown, SE Portland... Get there on the Streetcar.
  13. Eat at a restaurant with a great view (and great food).
    City Grill Option 1 - Pricy Lunch, Dinner or just drinks on the 30th floor of "Big Pink" the second tallest building downtown.
    The Chart House Option 2 - Pricy Lunch, Dinner or just drinks. Southwest Hills with a view of Downtown and the Willamette River. 5700 SW Terwilliger Blvd (503) 246-6963. Take the #56 Bus (Scholls Ferry) from Downtown.
    Spaghetti Factory Option 3 - Inexpensive The international restaurant chain's flagship restaurant on the Willamette River.
    Full Sail Brewing Co: Riverplace Option 4 - Moderate prices. Streetcar, View of marina, Willamette River, Marquam Bridge, OMSI.
  14. Moonstruck Chocolate Chocolate to die for? Oprah thinks so. There's an outlet in the Pioneer Square Fashion Mall right downtown.
  15. Visit a Neighborhood - Northwest 23rd & 21st, Hawthorne District, Multnomah Village, Alberta, Arts District, Belmont District, Lloyd District, Selllwood Old Town, The Pearl...
  16. Explore the Pearl A quirk of history kept a square mile near downtown undeveloped till the late 1990's. Now it's full of upscale new shopping, eating, galleries, theaters, brew-pubs, condos and apartments. You can get there on the Streetcar.
  17. Oregon Museum of Science and Industry "OMSI" A real Navy Submarine, IMAX Theater, Dinos, Wooly Mammoths, Planetarium, Traveling Exhibits.
  18. Voodoo Doughnut World Famous. Ummmmmm. Yeah! Click the link to see why this is a must-do. Downtown.
  19. Portland Walking Tours Fun and award-winning events explore the excitement, history, food, architecture, neighborhoods, bridges, parks, fountains, artwork, and just plain weird places in Portland Oregon.
  20. Connect with a Community Portlanders do communities. Take a look. Drop in on one or more.
  21. Powells We repeat ourselves, yes, but The Powells experience is so good it deserves to be on this list twice.

Things you can also do if you have-or-rent a car
    An hour or two
    1. Frys Electronics About 25 minutes South from Downtown off I-5 at the Wilsonville Exit.
    2. Costco has 7 warehouses in Portland.
    3. Multnomah Falls
    4. Vancouver Washington / Old Fort Vancouver

    All Day:
    1. Mt. St. Helens
    2. Mt. Hood Loop: Hwy-84 East into Columbia Gorge, stop at Multnomah Falls, take Hood River Railroad, South through Hood River, dinner at Timberline, back to Portland by 9.
    3. The Pacific Ocean
    4. Yamhill County: Visit Wine Country, stop at Evergreen Museum, visit A Casino for dinner.

  • Free Color Calendar
    2010 "Go Click" in PDF Format
    Oregon State Parks Nature History Discovery
  • Free Color Calendar (when available)
    2011 "Go Click" in PDF Format
    Oregon State Parks Nature History Discovery
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  • Everything on the Top-10-Plus List can be visited via public transportation.
    Airport to downtown is $2 each way - or included with a 7-day pass.
    A 7-day TriMet pass is $23.
    It lets you ride all of the busses, streetcars, MAX and WES trains in their system.

    The Evergreen Avaition Museum presents the one and only Spruce Goose.
    Their SR-71 looks kinda small beside it.

    The Avaition Museum is in the middle of wine country... as long as you're in the area anyway, visit some.
    The Zoo is on MAX. Mt. St. Helens is not.

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