Located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range in Oregon and only 12 miles (19.2 kilometers) from Portland, the town of Boring might seem to be all but warning potential visitors to keep on driving with its unflattering name. But it turns out there is actually a fair bit to keep you interested in Boring—at least until it’s time to leave for a trip to its sister city: Dull, Scotland.
With a five-acre corn maze to try and find your way out of, a proper farmer’s market, and hay rides and a huge pumpkin patch in the fall, Liepold Farms is a perfect family activity, especially when the leaves start turning in late September.
Alpacas are the stars of the show at Starr Alpaca Farm, with a supporting cast of goats and hens. The alpacas are adorable and produce a baby-soft fleece that the farm sells, along with yarn and eggs from the hens. Come and meet the animals and shop around.
Held every August on the Clackamas River, the annual goth float brings the goth community together to inner tube down four miles (6.4 kilometers) of the river. (A black swimsuit and heavy eye makeup are encouraged.)
In 2013, the Oregon Legislature passed a bill proclaiming every August 9th Boring & Dull Day, in honor of the international partnership formed between Boring, Oregon, and Dull, Scotland. Bagpipers and drummers in kilts join barbershop quartets and ice cream trucks to celebrate the kindred spirits of their cities.
With a menu that extends far beyond typical pub fare, The Not So Boring Bar & Grill lives up to its name. The fish tacos with cod get particular standout reviews, and once you’re done eating, a game of darts or pool awaits.
A community theatre group located in the historic Boring-Grange Damascus Hall, Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company puts on several shows per year. Recent performances include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, and an adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps. Take in a show, or if you’ll be in town for a while, why not try out for the next production?
Majestic Mt. Hood rises 11,000 feet (3,352.8 meters) above sea level and has a total of 12 glaciers. And many places in Boring afford excellent and dramatic views of Mt. Hood. So grab your camera, watercolors, or just sit back and enjoy the view of the incredible mountain.
A small drive-thru coffee stand right by local grocer Alice’s Market, Knospe’s Keen Bean Coffee serves excellent coffee, along with killer chai lattes and Italian sodas. If you go more than once, they’ll remember your name and your order.