Portland is known as one of the most welcoming cities on the West Coast of the USA and is perfect for a short break. Located on the Willamette River this city is full of green spaces, tempting restaurants and innovative attractions. So, if you find yourself in Portland, Oregon with 24 hours to spare, here’s a lowdown on how to fill that time.
Ride the bridges
Portland is famed for its cycle friendly city so riding a bike here is a must. You’ll find bike rental places all over town and one of the best ways to see the city is by riding across the 8 bridges spanning the Willamette River. Head across the double decker Steel Bridge and spend time on Hawthorne Bridge- otherwise known as Portland’s oldest. You’ll l get an excellent perspective of the city on two wheels.
Eat from a Food cart
Portland’s street cuisine is renowned and there are over 600 food cards in the city. You’ll find all kinds of food from doughnuts and coffee to Korean tacos. The street food carts are usually clustered in pods and the best places to go include the Mercado and Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Tour a Museum
Portland has some excellent museums in and around town. At the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry you’ll find a planetarium, interactive displays and even an old submarine. Or, if you prefer the arts then head to Portland Art Museum where you’ll see superb exhibits of Native American art.
Get into a Green Space
Portland is full of beautiful parks and green spaces. Spend time walking through the Portland Japanese Garden for some oriental inspiration. Or, take time out for a quiet moment in the 62 acre Grotto in North East Portland. And in Washington Park you can visit the zoo and two museums as well as explore the gardens.
Visit a Microbrewery
Portland is renowned for its brewing culture and there are over 65 breweries in town. You’ll find a wide range of local beer in the bars around town but do spend time at one of the breweries to get a taste of the local specialty. The Cascade Brewing Barrelhouse is partly an ageing room and partly bar whilst The Commons Brewery does great tastings of its produce. In Portland you’ll have so much choice and discover why the city is known as Beervana.
Portland is famous for locally produced food and you’ll see lots of places promoting Farm to Fork. If the farmers market is in town take the opportunity to taste Oregon specialties. Otherwise check out the menu at Clyde Common or Meriwether’s where local food is the order of the day.
Have a Dance
Portland is famed for indie music but you’ll find lots of clubs to dance the night away too. Some of the best are in Portland’s Chinatown and Old Town where you can dance to the beat and reflect on your interesting day in Portland.