Gorgeously green, charmingly eccentric and proudly progressive, this gem of a city doesn’t need to try very hard to live up to its popular “Keep Portland Weird” mantra. An independent bookstore occupying a city block, the country’s longest-running arts and crafts market, an array of oddball museums and festivals, hundreds of food carts for all tastes—find it all here in Portland, America’s quirkiest city, nestled amid Oregon’s stunning natural beauty.
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Prep the perfect trip with the best things to do in Portland. Walk the trails of Forest and Washington parks or the paths of the peaceful Portland Japanese Garden and the must-see International Rose Test Garden. For shopping in Portland, stroll around Pearl District and make time for Powell’s City of Books. Foodies shouldn't miss Portland Farmers Market and everyone should stop in at the elegant Pittock Mansion.
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WHAT TO EATSublime street food from one of the city’s 600 food carts (they aggregate in “cart pods” across the city), iconic dishes from locally loved spots (Voodoo Doughnut’s Bacon Maple Bar, Pine State Biscuits’ comfort food or Pok Pok’s fish sauce wings) and gourmet treats from the Pine Street Market or Portland Farmers Market.
WHAT TO BRING BACKLocal arts and crafts from the Portland Saturday Market, wacky gifts from Venderias (creatively refurbished vending machines found in different bars and businesses), coffee beans from Sumptown Coffee Roasters, literary finds from Powell’s City of Books and tax-free designer duds (there’s no sales tax here!).
FUN FACTPortland plays home to many quirky and creative types, but one family that grew up here sure stands out from the rest. Created by Portland-born Matt Groening, The Simpsons sourced inspiration from many locations here. Head to Lincoln High School for a Groening-authored sketch of Bart drawn in the cement and walk down streets that gave many of other characters their names (Burnside, Flanders, Kearney, Van Houten and more!).
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