Most Exciting Things To Do While In Portland – Oregon
Portland offers a wide range of outdoor activities and venues for maximum pleasure. The Forest Park and the Washington Park provide nice spots for things such as picnics, cycling, or even observing native wildlife. These two are a must visit especially if you are a green environment lover.
If you love hiking then you will be spoilt of choose with places such as the Volcano Lands, Forest Park(which has over 50 miles of hiking trails), Oneonta Gorge, Powell Butte Nature Park and Portland 4T Trail just a few examples.
Animal lovers can go watch wildlife at the Oregon zoo and the Washington Park which have a wide variety of native wildlife and a wide range of plant species.
Other exciting outdoor activities include scenic drives in the Willamette Valley, canoeing in the Alder creek, fishing trips in the many available rivers.
Portland also boost of other unique places which are a worthy visit such as;
1: Columbia River gorge scenic area- this is a paradise especially if you love site seeing and visiting natural physical features.
2: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry-is a worthy visit for the general public regardless of whether you love science and history.
3: International Rose Garden and Portland Japanese Garden-provide nice environment for family and romantic walks and picnics.
Rose City has a wide range of tax free shopping centers such as gift shops, farmer markets, antique shops, shopping malls, art galleries and street markets. Some of the most popular shopping places include; Powell’s city of books, Portland Farmers Market, the Saturday Market, Sellwood, Pioneer Place, Washington Square, Presents of Mind just to name a few. Whether you are after local merchandise such as artwork and antiques or you are interested in commercial commodities such as clothing, food products and other manufactured goods you will definitely have a wide variety to pick from.
For all the sports fans, there is definitely something for you. Basketball fans can catch home games of the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center; the 1977 NBA champions are the pride of Rose City when it comes to basketball. Soccer fans can also catch games of Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns; soccer fans or not this is a must visit for all sports fans.
Portland boosts of a wide range of social venues such as exotic tourist hotels, local and foreign dining restaurants. Some of the best known places are: Brewvana, Portland Short Bus, Brewcycle and the Portland Farmers Market.
For nightlife lovers the city also offers multiple nighttime attractions such as nightclubs, casinos, bowling parlors. The best known nightlife joints include: BeerQuest PDX, McMenamins Kennedy School, Jimmy Mak’s, Darcelle’s XV, Sapphire Hotel Bar and Crystal Ballroom.
Other social places to visit include dance clubs and discos, comedy clubs, Gay Bars, Jazz Bars, Wine Bars, Blues Bars, Coffee houses, Country and Western Bars.
One can indulge in water activities such as Willamette Jet boat excursions in the Willamette valley, Portland Spirit River Cruises and Portland Kayak Day tours. You can also enjoy water activities such as boat tours, surfing, windsurfing, river rafting, waterskiing, jet skiing and stand-up paddle boarding.
Apart from the above activities you can also enjoy amusement parks, health spas, theater and concerts; all these make Rose City a worthy visit for the general family.