As of late, Portland is best known for its hipster and crunchy (ie. extremely liberal and environmentally-friendly) behavior, but historically, the city is a shipping port with a strong affinity for strip clubs — in fact, it has the highest number of strip clubs per capita in the country.
Yes, Portland is worth a visit in my mind, no question, especially given that you like walkable neighbourhoods and a casual dining scene. You might even wish you had more time, given that one of your days will be to visit the phenomenal Columbia River Gorge.
With that said, here are some actually cool things you can do in Portland right now. Hit up a patio… Order some local spirits or wine. Order some books from the best bookstore in the United States. Go on a neighborhood bike tour. Taste your way through Portland’s beer scene. Try out some food carts. Go hiking in Forest Park.
List of the Sights for 3 Days in Portland , Oregon Blue Star Donuts. 1237 SW Washington St. Stumptown Coffee Roasters. 1026 SW Stark St. Cacao. 414 SW 13th Ave. Powell’s City of Books. 1005 W Burnside St. Lardo. 1205 SW Washington St. Portland Aerial Tram. Mill Ends Park. Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
Portland has been affectionately referred to as “ weird ” for decades – perhaps because it has the most strip clubs per capita in the nation or the high prevalence of man buns and mustaches. But this “weirdness” is what makes Portland , Portland .
15 Iconic Portland Dishes. Fried Chicken Combo @ Hat Yai. The Reggie @ Pine State Biscuits. Brisket @ Matt’s BBQ. Potatoes Bravas @ Toro Bravo. Pork and Chive Dumplings @ Han Oak. Foie Gras Profiteroles @ Le Pigeon. Maple bacon bar @ Voodoo Doughnuts.
Kenton. This one is a little contradictory because we recently wrote a post about Kenton being one of the top 3 neighborhoods in Portland. Bridgeton. Parkrose . St. Lloyd District. Sunderland. Mill Park . Old Town/Chinatown .
Re: Walking downtown at night safe ? I have lived in Portland for over 35 years and I have never felt unsafe walking around at night , even late by myself near the MAX tracks. In fact, most of the time I go downtown at night , I take the MAX late into the night and I haven’t had any problem.
Portland’s water is safe to drink for the general population. As always, people who are severely immune-compromised, such as people who have had an organ transplant, HIV/AIDS, or cancer treatment, should consult with their health care providers about the safety of drinking tap water .
The best time to visit Portland is from June to August , when consistently warm weather allows the city’s outdoorsy culture to thrive. Plus, summer is when the city’s roses (especially at the International Rose Test Garden) are in full bloom.
The nickname Rip City is usually used in the context of the city’s NBA team, the Portland Trail Blazers. The term was coined by the team’s play-by-play announcer Bill Schonely during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 18, 1971, the Blazers’ first season.
Portland is the 13th most walkable large city in the US with 583,776 residents. Portland has good public transportation and is very bikeable. Find apartments in Portland’s most walkable neighborhoods: Pearl, Old Town Chinatown and Downtown.
Our top pick: Drive to the Oregon Coast and visit Cannon Beach (1.5 hours each way from Portland ). Check out the Rowena Crest Viewpoint. Visit the town of Hood River. Visit the beautiful Portland Japanese Garden. Do the 4T Trail, which is a unique way to explore Portland by trail, tram, train, and trolley!