In every large American city, it’s easy to find the top tourist attractions. But to get the true texture of a city, you may need to do a little digging.
52 Things to do from the Willamette Valley to the tip of Mt. Hood – all close to Portland, but a world away.
1. Tiptoe through 90 acres of tulips at the month-long, Wooden Shoe Festival. This year marks the 25th anniversary, so bushels of new events are planned. Insider Tip: take the backroads through Monitor and spend your time snapping photos instead of sitting in traffic.
Every city has a fringe, but Portland maintains an unusually visible odd streak. From a fiercely independent music scene to clowns riding tall bikes and marching bands on stilts, Portland prides itself on its quirky nature. Here are a few of the annual festivals that give the Rose City its unique atmosphere.
Portland has recently gained a trendy reputation, yet it remains a small city with a quirky mentality. Portlanders love good food, but ask a local and you won’t hear tales of fancy steaks. More likely, they’ll direct you to a nearby street corner, where the smell of grilled peppers drifts out of an Airstream trailer. Plop down at a picnic table and keep an open mind. Some of Portland’s best food is street food: cheap, accessible, and diverse. From tacos to waffles, this unique cart culture will have you eating like a Queen on a peasant’s budget.