Portlanders Guide to Portland?

Later in the summer I’m expecting some family, one of whom (if you can believe it) has never been to our city before and the other has only been in town for short trips and has seen nothing of the city save 1 riverboat and 2 jazz clubs. Of course it makes me want to show Portland off in the best possible light, so I started to compile a mental list of the Portland must sees…

But I came to the conclusion that the BIG must see things are not what make Portland the city I love, the first place I ever willingly called home.

When my family arrives I’m sure I will take them on a couple of trails, to a few amazing restaurants and for a walk by the riverfront but what else is there to your Portland? If you had 3 days to show off what Portland means to you what would be your must see, must eat, and must do?

13 Comments so far

  1. David (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

    What trails will you take them on? I’m kinda new to Portland and am looking for new places to walk.

  2. Rusty (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 4:51 pm

    OOOH! The Tram!

    Really. I mean, I’ve never taken it. I don’t feel like trying to find free parking and then coughing up $4 bucks or whatever. But I bet it’s a killer view, and a novel ride, for an out-of-town guest. I also like the Japanese Gardens up in the Washington Park area (and the Rose Gardens), Multnomah Falls, and a trip to the beach. I think a lot of what makes Portland so great, along with the cool stuff around town, is the fact that we’re so close to the mountains, the ocean, the river, and so much other stuff. Our proximity to great tourist stuff is our best trait.

  3. Dave Sohigian (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 5:34 pm

    I agree about the Tram – I have been on it half a dozen times and it is a great view on a nice day. The cool thing is that you can combine it with an urban “hike” and then it is free! It is $4 to ride up and free to ride down. If you park about half-way up (near the YMCA or Cedarwood School) you can hike up, enjoy the view from the top and then ride down. The hike back up the hill is a little complicated, but do-able. I have have put together a concise map for the roundtrip from Cedarwood (I have taken two of the classes there on a field trip). I would be happy to send the hiking directions if you would like them. Drop me an email (you can also contact me via my website http://www.sohigian.com/contact.asp)

  4. b!X (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 5:44 pm

    The strip clubs.

  5. Himself (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 6:10 pm

    Portland has strip clubs?

  6. Cami (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 6:26 pm

    B!X & Himself: One of the Jazz Clubs (Jazz De Opus) my Uncle went to is now a strip club, maybe he’d like to revisit that local…

    David: Two trails I like are both local to my neighborhood, I am sure there are better ones but I like Springwater Corridor and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Hoyt Arboretum is another great place that I haven’t been in years but I plan to go this summer.

    You should check out: http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/finder/ if you are new to Portland. It can help you find some good green spaces.

    Rusty & Dave: The Tram is a great idea and since it’s newish I haven’t been there, and the hike would be nice to round it out, I may be e-mailing you shortly. Thanks!!

  7. Lady (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 7:01 pm

    I’d do the tram. Also a stroll up Hawthorne. Mt. Tabor Park. Washington Park. A meander through The Pearl and Northwest Portland, maybe on the streetcar. Jimmy Maks for jazz. Lunch at Piazza Italia. Those are some of the many things I like to do in Portland. Oh, and if it’s hot, I love that crazy speedboat ride that takes off from OMSI.

  8. m (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 10:53 pm
  9. divebarwife (unregistered) on June 1st, 2007 @ 7:30 am

    And at least one brewpub – a small local one like Lucky Lab, the Lompoc or such…

  10. Mr.K (unregistered) on June 1st, 2007 @ 10:19 am

    Long-time Reader, First-time Commenter.

    My girlfriend and I are fairly new to Portland, and one day this Spring we found ourselves on the Springwater Corridor and we couldn’t help but wander around Oaks Amusement Park. What a great place!

    With a roller skating rink!

    And some really great views of the river and Downtown via the tiny ferris wheel.

  11. RAH (unregistered) on June 1st, 2007 @ 11:21 am

    I’d get them out of Portland as quickly as possible.

  12. Cami (unregistered) on June 1st, 2007 @ 1:24 pm

    Thanks all for the input…

  13. Daaaaave (unregistered) on June 1st, 2007 @ 1:43 pm

    Farmer’s Market, Pix, Le Pigeon, trip to Washington Park, Voodoo Doughnut, Doug Fir, Simpatica for brunch, Portland Timbers game, maybe a day trip over to Hood River via the Vista House and Multnomah Falls.

    I take the tram daily, so maybe I’m desensitized, but the views from the Rose Test Gardens are pretty much the same.

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