36 Hours In: Portland, OR
What makes Portland such a likable city is its wealth of culture and never-ending culinary choices, its close proximity to the ocean and mountains, and just the simple fact of having all these things in one place. It has come to be known as one of the world's great towns for beer, weirdness, cheap food, funky neighborhoods, forest hikes and much more. Endlessly entertaining and intriguing; it's easily explored by bike or on foot, and the locals are some of the friendliest most laid back people that you'll ever meet! It's a Pacific Northwest must-visit!
Voodoo Doughnuts | Breakfast
Doughnuts are probably not the best way to start your morning but they sure are delicious! Voodoo Doughnuts is known for having unusual doughnuts, eclectic decor, and iconic pink boxes featuring the company logo and illustrations of voodoo priests. It's more then just eating delicious doughnuts, it's an experience! Just make sure to have cash because that's all they except!
Oregon Historical Society | Museum
Is it your first time visiting Portland? Or Oregon in general? Than what better way to burn off "Voodoo" calories then by walking through a maze of exhibits, all while learning the fascinating history of how Oregon came to be. The Oregon Historical Society shares its vast collection through thought-provoking, interactive museum exhibitions that make history visible and accessible to all of those who visit.
Food Cart Overload | Lunch
One of the most recognizable features of Portland are the food carts. They are located at just about every street corner and serve every type of food imaginable! Some of my favorites include; El Pilón for delicious Columbian cuisine and Donut Byte Labs for...you guessed it! More donuts!
Lan Su Chinese Garden | Explore
Lan Su Chinese Garden is one of Portland's greatest treasures. Built by Chinese artisans from Portland's sister city Suzhou (home of China's famous ancient gardens), it's among the most authentic Chinese gardens outside of China. Once inside the garden's walls, you'll feel as if you've traveled through time to another era in a faraway world.
Screen Door | Dinner
Screen Door serves delicious Southern cuisine, from the quintessential hearty fare to the everyday foods gathered fresh from the garden. They do a great job of incorporating local fresh produce native to the Northwest region into their menu. It's a little piece of the South in the middle of Portland!
The Waffle Window | Breakfast
The Waffle Window serves a recreated version of the traditional Liege sugar waffle. Not only are they delicious, but they also don't require that you book a flight to Belgium. They serve a wide variety; from sweet to savory, whatever your choice is you can't go wrong!
Multnomah Falls | Waterfall
Located just 30 minutes outside of Portland is this 611-foot-tall roaring waterfall. Multnomah Falls is an awe-inspiring cascade of icy water that allows you to experience the power and beauty of nature up close and with ease. For an even more remarkable view, walk another several hundred feet up the paved trail to reach Benson Bridge, which overlooks the entire area and is sure to have your knees wobbling.
Vista House at Crown Point | View
Vista House is built on the summit of Crown Point designed to make the wonders of the Columbia River easily accessible. Since 1918, its surrounding vantage point 733 feet above the Columbia River and overlooking the busy I-84 has allowed countless sightseers and photographers to enjoy a step back in time and one of Oregon’s most inspiring views.
Pine State Biscuits | Lunch
Are you a fan of biscuits? Well if you aren't then Pine State Biscuits will make you one! This is by far my favorite place to eat whenever visiting Portland, it's simple food made to perfection! The only problem is that you'll be craving them long after your visit!
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In 2015, Founder of TMDE Paul Martinez left a career in sales for a life of exploring. In just a matter of months he had visited over 10 countries, 30 cities, 10 states, countless national parks, taken thousands of photographs, and did a ton of soul-searching. His search uncovered a deep passion for exploration; which he now believes to be the essence of the human spirit, and led to the birth of The Modern Day Explorer. You can follow him on his personal journey by visiting his Instagram, and hopefully continue to support TMDE by following us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.