Welcome to this weeks edition of the Sunday Spotlight – Things to do in Portland, Oregon.
The Sunday Spotlight series is a collaboration of travel tips and stories shared by other bloggers and traveler’s around the web.
We hope these tips and stories will inform and inspire you to go travel and visit Portland. If you have already been to Portland, please share a tip in the comments down below!
Things to do in Portland
One of the world’s great towns for beer, weirdness, cheap food, funky neighbourhoods, forest hikes and much more, Portland is the kind of city you visit for two days and then move to. We’ve picked 10 reasons why you should already be planning your trip to Portland.
Once considered the less exciting sibling of San Francisco and Seattle, Portland, Ore., has evolved into much more than just a city. Today, it is a utopian symbol of the possibilities of urban living in the 21st century—affordable, friendly, environmentally conscious and full of epicurean delights
In recent years, Portland has acquired a reputation as a big city with a small-town quality of life: The air is fresh, the food is organic, the streets are paved with good intentions.
Portland, Oregon. A place where foodies + bookworms + hipsters co-mingle in coffee shops and brewpubs and no one carries an umbrella despite the rain (you just walk faster).
Named one of Amtrak’s 10 best places to visit in 2014, Portland, Ore., is dotted with tons of sights (big and small) that are within walking distance of the train station! But to uncover the city’s best gems, it takes some insider info from a local.
Are you planning a trip to Portland, or are you just a little curious about what there is to do in that city with all those lovely trees everywhere??
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While you could easily spend weeks in Portland and still not see and do it all, we’ve compiled some of our favorite activities, spots to dine and places to stay for the perfect two days in the City of Roses.
- Travel Guide: Portland, Oregon
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Food in Portland
The Culture-ist caught up with Olivia Raymer, product manager at BootsnAll Travel Network to get an insider’s advice on the best way to explore the Portland local food scene.
There’s a little hidden gem that’s become less and less hidden lately. A place where the importance of fresh and local ingredients is valued above all else, where even the pizza shop on the corner’s menu is bursting with creativity, where you can take a butchering class for fun, and where the craft beers at the local microbrewery are only $4 a pint. That place is Portland, Oregon.
One of the reasons Portland has been talked about in travel circles in recent years has to do with the food cart culture. It’s impossible to keep track of how many carts are in operation in Portland at any given time, but there are at least 500 food carts throughout the city serving up dishes from all over the world. Enjoying a meal at Portland’s food carts is easy, but there are a few things that it may be helpful to know before you dive in. So here’s a first-time visitor’s guide to Portland’s food cart scene.
If you love food, this town is serious about ingredients and giving them the respect they deserve before they end up on your plate. Whether it’s a lunch with beer and charcuterie, crazy flavor combos in doughnuts or artisinal ice cream, or a quick bite one of Portland’s many casual food carts, it’s hard to leave disappointed.
If you are interested in culinary ecstasy without blowing your budget, Portland is the spot for you. Here is a rundown of the best of Portland’s budget food culture.
More Portland food posts:
- Top 10 restaurants in Portland, Oregon
- Epicure’s Guide To Artisanal Portland, Oregon
- Your Unofficial Guide to Portland, Oregon’s Many Brewpubs and Breweries
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Saving money on your travel to Portland
Amid economic catastrophe — Oregon has the country’s second-highest unemployment rate — there was a general indifference to wealth. In its place was a dedication to the things that really matter: hearty food and drink, cultural pursuits both high and low, days in the outdoors and evenings out with friends. It’s the good life, and in Portland it still comes cheap.
For a quick getaway, Portland offers festivals, food, art and bargains
Looking to plan your next vacation but don’t want to spend a fortune? For an enriching getaway that doesn’t break the bank, Portland’s utopia of sustainability, cycling, good eats, and natural beauty has you covered.
More budget travel tips for Portland:
- Travel To Portland For Under A Grand: Portland On A Budget
- Pacific Northwest Travel: Portland, Oregon – Family Friendly Activities, Money Saving Tips and more!
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Visiting Portland With Family
Portland, Oregon is without question worthy of consideration for a family vacation: It’s a small city with great food, loads of outdoor activities, and a famously friendly vibe.
There is something for everyone at all of the Portland attractions to enjoy so you will have great stories to tell when you return home.
The Rose City is a perfect hub for a family with active children and teens: in little more than an hour’s drive, my son and daughter could be skiing Mt. Hood, playing on the beach, or boating in a river. Within Portland city limits, we can hike on dense forest trails, go paddling in a kayak under Portland’s famous bridges or pedal along a floating walkway.
Lots of outdoor activities, a great food scene, and fabulous public transportation made this town one of Parents’ best city vacation picks.
Portland is a family paradise. Kids here love the outdoors in its leafy summertime brilliance and its wintry, puddle-soaked glory. They can learn to do almost anything, from cooking vegetables grown in a neighborhood garden to swinging from a trapeze. And they do it all in a city that’s criss-crossed by trains, streetcars, buses, and even an aerial tram. Let us show you around.
Plan Your Trip to Portland
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- Booking.com has over 125 properties in Portland including hotels, apartments, and hostels. You get free cancelation on most rooms and a best price guarantee.
- Skyscanner is a comparison website that searches millions of flights. Once you find your best deal, you book directly through the airline or agent (no extra fees).
- RentalCars.com is the world’s biggest car rental booking service that compares all the major brands like Hertz, Avis, Alamo, Enterprise, Europcar and Thrifty.