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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. ”
519local recommendations
Garden
“Peaceful, and beautiful. The only Japanese Garden in the US recognized by Japan as authentic.”
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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!”
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Science Museum
“Top notch science museum right on the river. Check their website for rotating exhibits. ”
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Thai Restaurant
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“Renowned Thai restaurant with it's own cookbook. We enjoy going here for lunch for the same food experience without the long dinnertime wait. Otherwise we recommend an early dinner. Best menu item: spicy wings with sticky rice.”
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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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Museum
“Amazing views of Portland, free to roam around, or pay to visit one of Portland's most iconic historic mansions, exquisite details. ”
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Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“A very popular place for breakfast on the weekends, and dinner all week. Southern comfort food. Famous for chicken & waffles. Lines can be up to an hour on weekends.”
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Ice Cream Shop
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“Open 11 am - 11 pm, Monday - Sunday. 21 min from PDX. For all your salty-sweet, ice-creamy cravings, try one (or ten!) of Salt & Straw's creative flavors. (Strawberry Balsamic, Honey Lavender, Arbequina Olive Oil, and Pear & Blue Cheese are a few of our favorites.)”
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Neighbourhood
“They host fun events, road races, derby's, free live music in the summer and the views are outstanding! You can also get a little exercise on the trails, tennis courts or basketball courts. There is also a playground for kids.”
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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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New American Restaurant
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“One of Portland's top rated restaurants on Yelp! Just a 5 minute walk from the house!”
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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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Market
“If you are in to the locally hand crafted, don't miss this Market! Yummy food carts and truly artisan goods. ”
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Donut Shop
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“You will find lines down the block late at night. This is a Portland institution. You can always tell the tourists. They are walking around with the big pink boxes of Voodoo Donuts. All shapes, sizes and types of donuts.”
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