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Travel advice request - Portland, OR

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by RS, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. RS


    Aug 27, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    Worth a flight? Enough fun stuff to do for 4-5 days? Other things to know about the area?

  2. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    I visited for a conference, I loved it. Great food, great beer, great looking ladies, nice climate. A little heavy on the hippy dippy vibe and not nearly as multicultural as the residents like to pretend but all in all a very cool place. Definitely visit the food truck area downtown. Lots of live music, saw a fantastic rockabilly band just by walking in a random bar.
  3. Check out McMenamin's Edgefield. I could go on a trip to Portland for that alone.
  4. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    If you like the outdoors check out Multnomah Falls nearby. Second tallest waterfall in the United States.
  5. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    I highly recommend renting a car for at least a couple of days, especially for your first trip out here. The coast, the mountains, and the Gorge are all worth checking out, and are easy day trips from Portland as long as the weather cooperates.
  6. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Be sure to pick up some shell art at extremely reduced rates!
  7. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Yep, this is my recommendation. Right after stopping at each of the Stumptown's for coffee.

  8. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Shell art is OVER!

  9. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Thats why the rates are extremely reduced.
  10. Ironbar

    Ironbar Banned SUSPENDED

    Aug 24, 2013
    Tigard, Oregon
    Well, number one I'd say visit when the weather's warmer! Although when it is, there's a higher percentage of street people begging for money.

    Portland isn't as big a tourist destination as our neighbor to the north, Seattle, but there's enough interesting things to do especially if you don't kids tagging along.

    Multnomah Falls
    Crown Point
    Oregon Coast- Seaside, Lincoln City, Newport, Oregon Coast Aquarium
    Powell's Books in Downtown- multiple floors, and takes up an entire city block
    Indie coffee houses and brewpubs abound
    Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville (about an hour south of Portland)
    Jet Boat tours on the Willamette River
    Portland Saturday Market
    Breakfast at Mother's Bistro!!
    Antique shops out the wazzoo in the Sellwood and Multnomah Village areas
    Tom McCall Waterfront Park where you can rent bikes and ride around the East Bank Esplanade

    So anyway, there's a few ideas. Too bad the Church of Elvis shut down a while back otherwise you'd have to check that out too.
  11. fisticuffs

    fisticuffs Commercial User

    May 3, 2011
    Madison, WI
    The coast is great. Cannon beach as well as those listed. The Mountain is great. Spent a weekend at Lake trillium this year. Enough in town to see over a couple days as well. Worth the trip although i think it might be drizzle season there right now.
  12. 3rdWatch


    Feb 9, 2009
    Escondido, Ca
    My wife and I did this trip last year. Flew into Portland, drove west on the Washington side of the river and crossed down in to Astoria and followed the cost to Brookings, gorgeous country!
  13. Columbia River Gorge.
  14. -Kramer-


    Dec 9, 2003
    Charlotte, NC
    I can't believe I am the first to say this, but.....

    Voodoo Doughnuts.

    Don't go to the downtown location. There is a second location in an old fast food joint that has the same stuff, but 1/30th the wait.
  15. Ironbar

    Ironbar Banned SUSPENDED

    Aug 24, 2013
    Tigard, Oregon
    Voodoo Doughnuts is overrated.
  16. fisticuffs

    fisticuffs Commercial User

    May 3, 2011
    Madison, WI
    I would just include that in any "Down Town" portion of the visit. I went on a weekday and had a minimal line. I would also add Mission Control to the downtown list. When I was there in August we did a pub crawl on bikes. Nothing official just put together by my local friends but renting a bike is a good way to see Portland in general.
  17. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
  18. warwick.hoy


    Aug 20, 2006
    Spokane, WA.
    Beta Tester: Source Audio.
    I like Portland.
  19. :eek: Blasphemy! ;)

    I feel McMenamins is overrated. I've had more than one set of out of towners say "I need to go to McMenamins!" only to suffer serious disappointment.

    I'll second the Stumptown coffee recommendation. It may be the best coffee for hundreds of miles around.

    Make sure you drive to the coast for a day or two. It's pretty rugged compared to Baywatch beach, but the price is right this time of the year. Go west on Hwy 26, go to a restaurant called Camp 18. That'll be all the food you need for a day. The next day, go to Moe's on the coast. Bring a jacket. Drive back through the Van Doozer corridor. If its sunny and if you're an epileptic, strike that.

    And the Gorge. It's beautiful any time of the year.
  20. I don't travel often, but I went to Portland about 10 years ago. If you're looking for stuff to do, I would suggest taking a tour of the Pittock Mansion.

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