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slides: 20 Things To Do In Portland Before You Die

Saturday, June 20, 2015

 

GoLocalPDX has put together the ultimate bucket list for activities throughout the Rose City.

We have everything ranging from riding your bike down the streets of Portland naked to visiting the Nike World Headquarters.  

We've included activities that will be fun for the whole family, so no matter what you're into we've got you covered!

Check out 20 things you have to do in Portland before you die slideshow below: 

 

Related Slideshow: 20 Things To Do In Portland Before You Die

Although there are plenty of things to do in Portland, we have listed some of the best!

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#20

Sip On a Beer (Or Two) At The Bridgeport Brewing Company

Portland is home to the most craft breweries of any city in the world, and Bridgeport is one of the city’s best. Shop for your next six-pack or enjoy an ale, lager, or cider. Options change regularly and seasonally, so there will almost always be something new waiting for you to try.

For more information click HERE.

Photo via Bridgeport Brewing Company Facebook page

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#19

Eat Dinner In The Middle Of a Field

Pack a picnic, head out to one of Portland’s many hills, and enjoy locally grown food that thrives on the “farm-to-fork” movement. No matter what city or suburb you're in, the food and scenery won’t disappoint. Erika Polmar, the founder of Plate & Pitchfork, will provide this opportunity on July 18th at Smith Berry Barn in Hillsboro, Oregon.

For more information click HERE.

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#18

Grab a Bite At The Nong's Khao Man Gai Food Cart

Portland has over 600 food carts, and Nong's Khao Man Gai is arguably one of the most famous. Their chicken and rice dish is not only inexpensive, but will also hit the spot every single time. 

For more information click HERE.

Photo via Nong's Khao Man Gai Facebook page

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#17

Shop And Not Pay Sales Tax

Everyone hates having to pay taxes on a purchase regardless of the ticket price. Have no worries when shopping in the Rose City, because the state of Oregon doesn't charge customers sales tax.

For more information click HERE.

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#16

Stroll Through Forest Park

Forest Park stretches for more than eight miles along the west side of the city. It is also the largest urban park in the United States. Whether you’re searching for a weekend getaway or simply trying to unwind after a stressful day, Forest Park is the place for you.

For more information click HERE.

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#15

Ride In The World Naked Bike Ride

Our culture is constantly raising issues regarding body image. This one of a kind bike ride shakes all those stereotypes and stigmas. Clothing is optional, so be prepared to show the world what you’re all about as you ride down the streets of Portland.

For more information click HERE.

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#14

Get Lost In a Book From Powell’s Bookstore

Powell's is the world's largest independant bookstore. Not only do they have an online store, but also five locations throughout the metropolitan area. Titles are both new and used, so there’s guaranteed to be a little something special about your browsing experience. 

For more information click HERE.

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#13

Take Your Bachelor Party to Casa Diablo

Portland claims to be the home of the most strip clubs in the country. Of all of them, Casa Diablo is perhaps the most unique. They serve vegan food and entertain their guests with beautiful women. This combination creates an experience that you can't get anywhere else.

For more information click HERE.

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#12

Get a Box of Doughnuts From Voodoo Doughnuts

The line may be long at Voodoo Doughnuts, but once you’re savoring each bite of your doughnut it will be worth it. Top picks range from the Bacon Maple Bar to the Portland Creme. Surprisingly, you can even get married here if you wish.

For more information click HERE.

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#11

Cheer On The Portland Timbers from the Timbers Army

Grab your Timbers scarf, and get ready to sing "No Pity In the Rose City" for a full 90 minutes. You'll also be able watch Timber Joey rev up his chainsaw with every goal scored. There's truly no atmosphere quite like the one at Timber games.

For more information click HERE.

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#10

Visit The Portland Japanese Garden

All it takes is one walk past a Japanese Maple Tree or the Flat Garden to see why this destination is often regarded as the most authentic Japanese Garden outside of Japan. It occupies five and a half acres, and is composed of five sub-gardens that each offer a new experience for their guests.

For more information click HERE.

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#9

Ride Your Bike Over The Steel Bridge

This double-deck bridge with independent lifts that crosses the Willamette River is the only one of its kind in the world. The lower deck carries railroad and bike/foot traffic, while the upper deck carries cars. 

For more information click HERE.

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#8

Take a Tour Of The Pittock Mansion

Take a guided tour of this chateau that was originally built in 1909. It has 23 rooms, and sits on 46 acres. If you’re on the grounds you'll also get a panoramic view of the city that few other locations can offer. 

For more information click HERE.

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#7

Shop At The Portland Farmers Market

With over 200 vendors from local farms, nurseries, bakeries, meat and seafood providers, cheese makers, and specialty food providers, you would be hard-pressed not to find something you like. This market has been around since 1992 and now has seven markets on different days and locations.

For more information click HERE.

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#6

Walk Through The International Rose Test Garden

This city-owned park, which first opened in 1917, is home to over 7,000 rose plants over 4.5 acres. The garden is free to visit and is open from 7:30am-9:00pm daily.

For more information click HERE.

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#5

Visit The Nike World Headquarters

Nearly every sport in the world is influenced by Nike in some way. So why not go check out the place where all of the magic happens? The headquarters are located just outside of the city limits in Beaverton. 

For more information click HERE.

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#4

Watch a Movie At a McMenamins Theater-Pub

Ditch the traditional theater and head on out to one of McMeanmins’ theater-pubs. Kick back in a comfy chair at one of their eight locations and sip on a beer, eat a meal, and watch a movie.

For more information click HERE.

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#3

Overlook Portland From The Top of Mount Hood

One of the best skiing destinations in the country is right outside the Rose City. Take the lift up to the top of Mt. Hood, observe the scenery of downtown Portland, and then head on down the mountain.

For more information click HERE.

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#2

Visit The Lan Su Chinese Garden

Right in the heart of Chinatown sits this authentic Chinese Garden that initially opened in 2000. Much of the building material is from China, and it serves as a conglomeration of art, architecture, design, and nature. 

For more information click HERE.

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#1

See Van Gogh At The Portland Art Museum

Few museums in the world can boast that they posses a painting from the famed Vincent Van Gogh. His 1884 "Charrette de Boeuf (The Ox-Cart)” is currently on display at the Portland Museum. This piece was donated by Fred and Frances Sohn of Roseburg, Oregon. 

For more information click HERE.

 
 

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