Portland, Oregon

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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Have fun! 

travelJessica Tholmer