Portland, OR


  • Voodoo Donuts: the donut names and flavors are outrageous, but they definitely live up to the hype; they are open 24 hours a day, so go early or late to avoid the long lines
  • Stumptown Coffee: supposedly a Portland classic, but the coffee was nothing special
  • Ira Keller Fountain Park: sadly it was still closed for the winter when we went, but this blocky city park is super cool
  • Portland Art Museum: the modern art was so weird and so Portland
  • Director Park: one of many downtown public squares
  • Powell’s Books: largest independent bookstore in the world; whether you like to read or not, it’s worth a visit
  • Pearl District: the newest area being gentrified in Portland


  • Blue Star Donuts: almost as good as Voodoo Donuts, but way more classy and sophisticated
  • Portland State University: their campus is in the heart of downtown, but doesn’t feel like it
  • Tilikum Crossing Pedestrian Bridge: what can I say, Portlanders love their biking
  • Portland Saturday Market: don’t let the name fool you, they are open on Sundays too; a wide variety of food vendors and local artists


  • Portland Japanese Garden: currently undergoing an addition by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, it will be amazing once all the construction is done
  • International Rose Test Garden: great plants, pretty flowers
  • Pittock Mansion: the views of the city are the best you can get


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