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Best things to do in Portland

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Bookstore
“The world's largest book store is as amazing as you might expect. Make sure you check out the revolving art gallery on the top flour. My favorite aisles of this monster store are food, travel, and art.”
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Park
“Forest Park is over 8 miles of trails surrounded by the trees. It is in NW Portland, only about a 30-minute drive. It is a very special hiking experience. ”
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Garden
“Newly renovated; check the schedule of activities so you can plan accordingly.”
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Bar
“Another great McMenamins, view unique art unique to each building they restore. Each place is a unique amazing experience that we just can't get enough of or their craft beers, or craft wines, or craft spirits they make!”
350local recommendations
Thai Restaurant
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“You've probably heard about it: it's very, very popular. Try it for a weekday lunch or expect a very long wait. Instead, look up HA VL or Rose VL for incredible soups, or try Master Kong or Chin's Kitchen for something different.”
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Science Museum
“Top notch science museum right on the river. Check their website for rotating exhibits. ”
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Museum
“Visit one of Portland's most historic homes and take in the breathtaking view of Portland's skyline and Mount Hood! "Built in 1914, Pittock Mansion tells the story of Portland's transformation from pioneer town to modern, industrialized city...Saved from demolition by dedicated citizens in 1964, the Mansion and surrounding estate was purchased by the City of Portland and opened to the public as a historic house museum." pittockmansion.org If hiking is on your agenda, no need to drive anywhere else. Start you hike at Pittock Mansion and enjoy the many trails of Forest Park. ”
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Art Museum
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“Definitely worthy of a visit to Portland premier art museum. A beautiful, serene space that will inspire.”
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New American Restaurant
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“ One of the best breakfast/brunch/dinner spots in the neighborhood and an easy 15min walk. There is almost always a wait but it's quick... walk around the hood while your table awaits.”
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Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“Our family's favorite dinner spot! Great brunch spot as well! Bring a book, as we've never been sat under 30 minutes - but it's well worth it! ”
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Ice Cream Shop
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“Unique flavors! Local tip - skip the line and grab a pint from the cooler in the back. ”
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Botanical Garden
“Located in Washington Park, thousand of roses to enjoy. View of the city from one of the terraces.”
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Neighborhood
“Amazing hilltop park that's actually an extinct volcano! Beautiful woods with amazing views of downtown Portland, Mt. Hood, and surrounding areas. Catch the adult soap box derby once a year.”
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Rock Club
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“American fast-food style burger in a bar/restaurant with a nice outdoor patio. Most pubs in the neighborhood offer good, hefty burgers with plenty of dressings, this is a simpler, slightly smaller one, but solid and satisfying. This restaurant is attached to the lovely Mississippi Studios music venue.”
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Playground
“One our favorite parks to visit, an extinct volcano and Portland's drinking reservoirs. Great trails, fun playground, awesome views of downtown Portland and surrounding area.”
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Market
“Cute market featuring local artists on Saturdays & Sundays on the river in downtown Portland.”
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