Portland, Oregon: Top Five Things To Do
By APPE Conference Committee Members Monica Mueller and Laine Walters Young
Monica moved to Portland eight years ago from the Midwest. She was drawn to the city primarily because of its proximity to big mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Laine grew up in Portland and her mother still lives there. Together they agree that these are a few highlights that are worth checking out while you are in town.
1) Powell’s City of Books is a large independent bookseller and is well worth visiting. It is located near both the Pearl District and the Alphabet district including 23rd Avenue, both of which have shopping and restaurants to satisfy your curiosities.
2) The Portland Japanese gardens is a gorgeous cultivated garden worth enjoying. It is located adjacent to the Portland International Rose Garden, both of which offer a bit of PNW beauty to indulge in.
3) The Portland Art Museum is a lovely space to enjoy, particularly if it is raining. Currently there is a Japanese landscape exhibition that may be of interest.
4) Portland is a foodie town but is probably known for its food carts. Check out any of our many food cart pods and help support local entrepreneurs. Laine’s favorite is on 5th street, but you can choose based on proximity or cuisine!
5) Lastly, each neighborhood in Portland has its nexus of opportunities. The least expensive way to travel around the city is by bus and our trimet system is very convenient. Consider taking the light rail to the World Forestry Center in Washington Park!
Finally, Portlanders often leave the city to adventure in our expansive natural spaces. Head east to go skiing or snowboarding at Timberline Lodge or Mount Hood Meadows. Consider taking in some waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, like the ever popular Multnomah Falls. Or head west and enjoy a day at the Pacific Ocean. Cannon Beach with the iconic rocks from the movie The Goonies is 90 minutes west of Portland.