10 Non-Touristy Experiences in Portland, Oregon

Portland, OR Grain Tracks
Portland, OR Grain Tracks | © Ian Sane / Flickr
Anna Kramer

Portland isn’t just hipster coffee shops, vegan eateries, and microbreweries. There’s plenty of greenery to explore beyond the renowned rose garden and much more to see than the inside of a museum. Here are some ideas for how to venture off the beaten path.

Explore the Columbia River Gorge

Leave town and head west along the Columbia River. Hidden treasures await, like creaky old railroad towns; beautiful green hiking trails dotted with dazzling creeks and cascades like Bridal Veil, Horsetail, and Multnomah Falls; the inviting waters of Trillium Lake; and Mount Hood itself.

Wahkeena Creek-Columbia River Gorge

Or buy some straight from the source

Make a meal from ingredients sourced solely from items you find at one of Portland’s many farmers’ markets. Stay for a bite of freshly baked bread and local cheese or whatever treats the season’s vendors have in store. You might even catch some music; this city takes its farmers’ markets seriously.

Carrots at Portland Farmers’ Market

Bike everywhere

Portland’s one of the country’s bike-friendliest cities, and with traffic getting worse thanks to an influx of inhabitants, bicycles are an ever-increasingly popular mode of transportation. Hop on one of Biketown’s orange set of wheels (the city’s bike share), or rent one from a shop. And remember: it doesn’t have to be a fixie.

Bicycle in Portland, OR

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