Jun 4, 2017

The Ultimate Portland Tour Guide

For Christmas this past year Kirk and I decided to buy plane tickets for a vacation instead of buying each other presents and it was the best idea ever! We scheduled a trip to Portland, Oregon for Memorial weekend which was so much fun. Portland was a city that we had been wanting to visit together since we started dating four years ago and it did not disappoint. We were lucky enough to have gorgeous weather and not a drop of rain for our entire trip. We stayed Thursday - Monday and on Saturday one of my best friends and her husband traveled down from Seattle so it was so fun to see them as well.

I've put together this Ultimate Portland Tour Guide so if you ever decide to visit Portland you'll know some of the amazing places to check out. If you've been there before and I missed something let me know!

- Alberta Art District
This neighborhood is the first place we stopped at on our trip to Portland on recommendation from someone on our flight actually!
Great Notion Brewery
2204 NE Alberta St #101, Portland, OR 97211
We headed to Great Notion Brewery for lunch and it was a great first stop! They have an amazing outdoor patio, a large beer selection, and delicious food. I highly recommend it.

McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211
This neighborhood also has a lot of restaurants that are open for the dinner rush. For our last evening in Portland we went to McMenamins in the Kennedy School which is an old elementary school that was converted into a hotel and restaurant.

Salt & Straw Ice Cream Shop
2035 NE Alberta St. Porland, OR 97211
This is one of Portland's most popular ice cream shops! They have three locations (and a few in other states) and they're always busy and this one had the longest line I've ever seen for a restaurant! They have so many unique and handmade flavors that you should definitely check out.

Various Shops and Restaurants
This area is a great place to spend an afternoon walking up and down Alberta Street because of all the cute and unique stores. You'll also get the chance to see some fun murals!

Downtown Portland (Multiple TriMet Stops) 
Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
If you like books then you have to go to this store! Even if you don't like books it's still a fun store to walk around! It's the largest new and used bookstore in the world with multiple color coded rooms, a cafe, and a huge selection of books, magazines, and souvenirs.

Nike Flagship Store
638 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97201
This is a quick stop but it's fun to see! It's almost like part store part museum and even features the evolution of Air Jordan's throughout the years they've been on the market.

Seven Bridges
There's 7 main bridges throughout Portland and all of them are unique in their own way. Be sure to keep an eye out for them when you're exploring the city.

Tom McCall Waterfront Park
If you're looking for a more relaxing section of the city make sure to check out the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. It's runs along the river and it's a great opportunity to see the bridges!

Washington Park (TriMet Red & Blue Line Access)
Washington Park has so many places to visit that you could spend an entire day there so keep that in mind when you're planning your trip!

Oregon Zoo
4001 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
The Oregon Zoo is 64 acres and located so close to the center of Portland! It is so much fun to walk through because of all the tall trees and great exhibits. It's definitely one of my favorite zoos I've been to.

Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205
There is a shuttle service that drops you off at the different attractions throughout Washington Park so after the zoo make sure you stop at the Japanese Garden! It is beautiful and so calming to walk through. This was one of my favorite places in Oregon. 

- Rose Garden
400 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205
     Across the street from the Japanese Garden is the Rose Garden. If you go at a good time of the year you'll see them in full bloom! Unfortunately for us, there was no flowers yet.

If you're looking for some lunch or dinner near by you can take a walk through the park (or take an Uber) to Nob Hill where there are a lot of cute shops and restaurants.

Skidmore Fountain (TriMet Red & Blue Line Access)
Portland Saturday Market
2 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204
This arts and craft market is so much fun to visit and walk through. It's filled with vendors that are all selling such unique pieces. It's open Saturdays from 10:00am - 5:00pm and Sundays 11:00am - 4:30pm. 

Voodoo Doughnut
22 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
When you're at the Saturday Market be sure to walk a block down and stop in to Voodoo Donuts! There will more than likely be a long line but it moves fast and the donuts are worth it.

Keep Portland Weird Mural
350 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
Across the street from Voodoo Donuts is the Keep Portland Weird Mural that's painted on the back of Dante's.

Portland Oregon Old Town Sign
31 NW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97209
When you're walking through the Saturday Market be sure to look up and you can see the Portland Oregon Old Town Sign!

Destinations to Drive to
Multnomah Falls
Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah County, Oregon
The falls are about 30-40 minute drive from downtown Portland. I highly suggest getting there early (we arrived around 7:30am) because it gets really busy in the early afternoon! Be sure to walk all the way to the top of the falls. The walk and incline is a little brutal but it's so worth it. And up there you'll have access to the Larch Mountain Trail #441 which leads to even more gorgeous waterfalls.

The Screen Door Restaurant
2337 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
This was one of my favorite restaurants we went to on our trip. We stopped for breakfast before heading to the airport. We got there 20 minutes after they opened and it was already packed! Once we left there was people waiting outside for a table. They offer southern style food including chicken and waffles and the most delicious biscuits and gravy!

Por Que No Restaurant
3524 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
This restaurant might look a little sketchy when you first see it but when you see the long line out the door you know it's going to be delicious. It looks like the owners converted their house's garage into a restaurant and it's built into a hill so it's very unique. We ended up waiting in line for about 25 minutes but I'm happy we did. The tacos, guacamole, and salsa were so good and some of the best food I've had.

That's my round up of Portland, Oregon! I hope you enjoyed! If you've ever been there let me know what you're favorite place was! Now I'm off to day dream about my next vacation.

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