I live in Seattle, Washington, which means I am lucky enough to be in a (reasonable) driving distance from some very cool places including Vancouver, British Columbia, Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, and Portland, Oregon.
I tend to travel to Portland every 18 months or so to see family or friends, but even though I’ve been going to Portland regularly since I was 12, I am always floored at the beauty of both Washington and Oregon. The drive, if you ever get the chance to do it, is simply gorgeous.
It was a brief trip—a friend’s wedding—but last year, I took the train for a longer visit and the scenery was stunning.
This time around, it didn’t disappoint in the slightest, and the Airbnb was particularly adorable. They even left a loaf of sourdough bread for me and my friend who was traveling alongside me.
If you’re visiting Portland, here’s a quick list of things I definitely recommend:
Head to Powell’s Books. This is one of the most well-known bookstores in the country and trust me, it earns its keep.
The Rhododendron Garden is affordable and really shows off some of the best Pacific Northwest beauty.
Portland is called “The City of Roses,” so absolutely seek those out. The International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park is worth a stop.
Go hiking at Multnomah Falls to soak in even more of that PNW glory.
Though Voodoo Doughnuts is now national, you can always swing through the first location, like visiting Starbucks in Seattle
Though I did not do most of those things this time around, I have done them all and they are all worth it! It’s worth noting that food and drinks in Portland are incredible.
Unique, interesting, largely sustainable with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, Portland is a beautiful place to visit.