RealyRides money expert Eric Rosenberg moved to Portland in December and has spent the last seven months exploring the area. Here are some of his favorite finds.
Portland, Oregon is a wonderful city with plenty to do and see. When you’re in town visiting, grab a RelayRides rental and explore some of the best of what the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Hop in the car and take I-84 East out of town for about a half hour and you will be surrounded by some of Oregon’s most beautiful sites.
You can park and hike to Multnomah Falls for free, and there are plenty of other waterfalls to visit while you’re there. Bring a day pack and explore one of the trails in the area. Whether you want to hike up a short path or do a full day loop, you will find something you love within a short drive.
High above downtown and West Portland lies the Pittock Mansion with breathtaking views of the entire urban core.
The mansion is open for tours most afternoons, but don’t stop with that while you’re there. Take a look at one of the nearby hiking trails or consider bringing a picnic to enjoy on the sprawling grounds.
The Pearl District
Portland’s downtown flows into a vibrant neighborhood with great restaurants, bars, and entertainment in the adjacent Pearl District.
While you’re there, stop into the world famous Powell’s City of Books, a book store that takes up more than two buildings, grab a Peruvian meal at Andina, and stop into Deschutes Brewing tap house for a fresh, cold beer.
Most visitors don’t get past downtown, but the East side of the river is where the best fun is waiting for you. Hawthorne is a great neighborhood with plenty to do, and you’ll definitely not leave it hungry.
When you drive down Hawthorne, be sure to stop for brunch at the Waffle Window or grab a donut at Blue Star donuts. You might also fancy a few tacos from Por Que No taqueria or a gigantic sub from the East Side Deli.
You can also catch a show at The Baghdad Theater and check out nearby Mount Tabor Park. Mount Tabor is one of only a few extinct volcanos inside of a city’s limits in the United States.
The Tulip Festival
If you come in April or May, you might have a chance to visit the Oregon Tulip Festival at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.
About a 45 minute drive from central Portland, this festival showcases over 1 million tulip bulbs in bloom at the same time. You will see full fields of tulips of many different colors.
Oregon Wine Country
Not far from Wooden Shoe Farms, you will find hundreds of wineries making thousands of different wines.
The Willamette Valley might not be as well-known as Napa, but don’t discount these local wines until you try them. Explore both top rated wineries with 90+ point wines, or make your way off the beaten path to smaller, less known, family run shops.
One hidden gem that I had a chance to visit is Domaine Serene offering an Italian style, picturesque grounds and building for you to explore.