Portland Oregon is known for it’s food scene and gorgeous landscapes. If you are planning a trip to the NorthWest these are the places you must see in Portland.
This park is beautiful with tons of trail options. They also have shuttles and buses that run through the park, if you don’t want to walk. Insider tip be sure to check the schedules and know where your stop is. Portland’s public transportation is definitely not NYC.
Portland Japanese Gardens
The Japanese garden is lovely. They have a koi fish pond and a beautiful waterfall. There was quite a bit of construction, and I am excited to go back and see what they do with the park. Insider tip: If you are traveling with children, they have a little scavenger hunt that the kids can do while you enjoy the gardens.
The Grotto is a church in Portland. It’s amazing they have built the worship area into a cave cutout. It was beautiful. The main part of the church is free. They also have a gorgeous garden that you can pay to visit. It has a great view from one of the meditation rooms.
The Falls are 20-30 minutes East of the Portland airport. You can hike up the side and walk across a bridge that puts you right in front of the falls. The hike continues up to the top of the falls. Insider Tip: Make a day out of it and eat lunch at the restaurant that is right on site of the falls.
Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm
Another adventure about 45 minutes out of the city are the gorgeous wooden shoe tulip farm. Gorgeous tulip fields and lots of fun family activities. If you go on the weekend they have added bonuses with little popup shops. They have a beer and wine bar and restaurant on site. You can make it another whole day.
Thai Me Up – Excellent Thai Food restaurant in downtown Portland.
Food Trucks – I had an amazing grilled cheese from a grilled cheese food truck called The Grilled Cheese Grill. Of course I got tomato soup and it was the perfect lunch for a cold day.
VooDoo Doughnuts – If you are food network lover, you know all about VooDoo doughnuts. They have a fun variety of flavors.
Nel Centro – Upscale restaurant with an excellent steak.
Pine State Biscuits – Pretty amazing biscuits and they also had pretty tasty pop tarts too!!