48 Hours in Portland

December 4, 2016 12:00 pm by Karla Ramos

Portland is weird but let me tell you, that’s actually what makes it a fun place to visit! If you’re just passing through, make the most of your time in Oregon’s biggest city. Here is an itinerary for you to follow if you have only 48 hours in Portland! From your morning coffee to your late night beer and everything in between, here’s the best way to experience the place on the fly.

Day 1

The Northeastern United States is famous for its hipster coffee houses. Start your day with a steaming cup from Coava Coffee Roasters. You’ll get that great indie vibe that makes Portland so cool. When you’re done with coffee (and maybe a pastry or two!), get ready to learn Portland with a free walking tour from Secrets of Portlandia. You wallet will thank you, and you’ll be glad to get oriented with an overview. The tour starts every day at 11 am and ends at 1 pm, just in time for lunch. On the tour, you’ll see Shanghai Tunnels, the world’s smallest public park, street art, downtown, Oldtown, and Chinatown. There is some really wacky art in the city! It’s fun to see all the crazy colors and designs and wonder about the artist’s inspiration for the piece. By the way, the world’s smallest public park, Mill Ends Park, might surprise you! Just be sure not to squish it. On the tour, you’ll also hear about Portland culture (why all the hipster beards and hipster beers?) and some crazy stories, like the famous naked bike ride.

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After the tour, grab some lunch at the food carts. Your walking tour guide will have given you great tips on what to try, so all you have to do is decide what kind of food you want. After lunch, head over to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. It’s so full of interesting things that you might be tempted to stay there all day, but remember that you still have an awful lot to see! At the end of the day, relax in the famous Portland gardens. Within walking distance of each other, you’ll find both the International Rose Test Garden and the Japanese Garden . The rose garden is free, but the Japanese garden is less crowded and more peaceful. Both are beautiful. Before you get dinner, take some time to walk or bike the waterfront. It’s a great way to see the best side of Portland. Watch sun set, and then get ready for some awesome nightlife! At night, there’s no better place to chill than City Grill Portland. The food is good, and the beer is better! The best part of all, though, is the great view of the city.

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Once you’ve had your fill, escape the city and head to the great outdoors. Multnomah Falls  is the single best place to go when the traffic starts getting to you. You can take a hike to the falls, and then enjoy the crashing water at the end of your trek. The bridge is cool, too. It’s actually pretty close to the falls, and it offers great photo opportunities. You can choose to spend the entire afternoon at the falls, or you can head back to Portland’s city center and do a bit more exploring. The Oregon Zoo is a ton of fun. The elephants are pretty much agreed to be the best part, but the penguins’ antics are awfully entertaining, too. If zoos aren’t your thing, the Portland Art Museum is another interesting place to explore. Fun fact: it’s one of the oldest art museums in the United States. It was established at the end of the 19th Century! It has everything from Native American pottery to Warhol. After your days adventures are over, dine at Veritable Quandary, one of the top restaurants in the city. You can top off your Portland experience with a late night at Holocene, a popular nightclub and bar.

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