5. We're doing some cross-pollination with our city newsletters and sharing the best places to visit on a long weekend as part of a regular feature we're calling "Inside Gets Out."
This week, our Inside Portland writer Schuyler Durham shows us around Portland, Oregon:
Portland has a little something for everyone, from ax-throwing and riverfront biking to high-end shopping and symphonic performances. If you need to jumpstart your vacation planning, here are five ideas.
For a view of the city, head to Pittock Mansion (pictured), a historic home with a breathtaking view of downtown. You can drive, but a fairly easy hiking trail will take you up to Pittock Mansion through a slice of the 5,200-acre Forest Park.
When you’re ready to experience Portland’s nightlife, Old Town is a good place to start. You’ll find a little bit of everything in a few blocks. There’s live music, dancing, gaming, and plenty of drinking – all anchored by the flagship Voodoo Donuts.
Hungry? Brunch places like Jam on Hawthorne offer great food, vegan options, and stiff bloody Marys, but Portlanders love brunch, so plan for a seriously long line. For fine dining with a view, take the elevator up 30 stories to Portland City Grill. Portland also prides itself on good food in casual settings, so try one of the many food carts you’ll see, like the cluster of carts on SE 12th and SE Hawthorne.
If you love window-shopping and people-watching, head to SE Hawthorne and Cesar Chavez Boulevard and walk west. As you weave between street performers, you’ll find rare records at Jackpot, art from around the world at The Gold Door and vintage fashion at Red Light Clothing Exchange.
For those traveling with younger ones, OMSI is a single stop that’ll entertain the whole family. The science museum specializes in hands-on exhibits are easy to play with and choked full of information, so even parents will learn some fascinating tidbits.
Tourists should be fine sticking to public transportation. If you plan on staying out past midnight, download an app like Lyft or Uber, just in case you miss the last bus.