The awe-inspiring scenery, eateries, and wildlife will make you want to move to Portland. If there is one word to describe the city, it is charming. Food is cheap, beer is in plenty, and entertainment is endless. If you love the outdoors, the beach and seafood; you might not leave Portland, Oregon at all!
Here is why you will fall in love with this city.
Rent A Bike
If you want to explore the city one bit at a time, Portland has over 300 miles of bike lanes. It is an exciting experience and there are plenty of rental shops where you can easily rent a bike by the day or week. It is said to have the highest number of bike commuters in the U.S. For a more engaging experience, hire a tour guide to show you specific landmarks and places around the city.Parks and Beautiful Gardens
Home to some of the most preserved and protected natural spaces, Portland boasts of lush green gardens and parks. Take your adventure a notch higher by hot-air ballooning over the Central Oregon desert. Wildlife is amazing, and Mount St. Helen's can be seen on a clear day.Food Carts
The Voodoo Doughnut is a must eat when you visit Portland. But if you are not into sugary treats, you can grab a meal from one of the many food carts lining the streets. The carts range from large trucks and trailers to simple sheds. Favorite foods to order include: gyros at the Aybla, porchetta on ciabatta at Coquine, and fresh pasta served with hazelnuts at the Ava Gene.Discover The Hidden Treasures
The Lan Su Chinese Garden has an extraordinary backdrop of the Asian culture. It is a welcome distraction from the buildings of the bustling downtown with a calm and serene environment. Sample a wide range of Chinese tea and enjoy some live traditional music.Enjoy The Views
After watching the sunset, you will feel like moving there the next day. Take a walk on the shorelines or find a high spot such as the Departure, an Asian-fusion restaurant with amazing city views.Pearl District
Gather your friends and head on out to the acclaimed neighborhood called the Pearl District for dining and shopping. Discover Tea Chai Te, a tea bar that serves over 100 flavors of tea or try out the delicious Saint Cupcakes as well as other cakes and goodies.Farmers Markets
It rains nine months a year and this keeps farm produce fresh all year round. Every Saturday, there is a chance to shop for authentic Portland fruits and veggies at the farmers market. Eat while you shop and enjoy the shaded garden surrounding the market.Powell’s Bookstore
Step into the world of books in this massive bookstore. With approximately 1.6 acres of book space, there are so many shelves and corners that you can literally get lost.
Visiting Portland does not have to be expensive. Apparently, weirdness is free and acceptable in Portland! You can spend less visiting this city considering transport is relatively cheap. A $5 ticket gives you full day access to the public transport. Also, there is no sales tax, so you can really save on purchases.