From submarines to donuts that will put a spell on you Portland has a bevy of activities to keep you busy and your belly full while exploring some of what this growing city has to offer.

1: A Scoop with the Locals at Salt & Straw

Lick your heart out and fall in love with a place the locals have come to cherish.  Salt & Straw ice cream has taken the city by scoops in just five short years. Don't be derailed by the long line that pours out the door and wraps around the corner. Any resident will tell you it's worth the wait! Handmade and dedicated to quality has aided in dishing up 4 locations for your convenience.

Ice Cream

2: Step Back in History at Pittock Mansion

Immerse yourself in some Portland history and visit Pittock Mansion. Built in 1914 for one of Oregon's influential families, this estate has many stories to tell and beauties to withhold. An affordable excursion for the family at ten dollars and under for admission. The stately home is surrounded by 46 acres of natural beauty all free for the public to enjoy.

Pittock Mansion

3: Visit a Micro Winery

Step into a tasting lounge right in the city. If wine is what your palate is after Portland has plenty of choices right here. The owners of these quaint urban wineries are passionate and it shows. Special attention is paid to the small lots to bring only the finest wine to its patrons.

Wine

4: Tour the USS Blueback Submarine

Submerge yourself in learning about the USS Blueback. This 45-minute tour will have you peering through a periscope and touching a torpedo. See how a crew of 85 worked and lived for months at a time on the sub. Dive in and get your tickets here.

Submarine

5: Hike Punch Bowl Falls

Venture forty miles outside Portland to experience a waterfall known for the descriptive term "punchbowl". The distinct shape of the falls resembles a ladle being immersed into a large bowl. This is one of the most photographed waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest with cliffs, waterfalls, and scenery transporting you to a completely different world.

Waterfall

6: Induldge in the Food Carts

Food Carts are no longer just hot dog stands and taco trucks. Portland has taken the food cart world to another level and every neighborhood has joined the phenomenon. Here you will find a dedicated space where your taste buds will find whatever your tongue desires. Some of the top rated restaurants in Portland started as just a window in one of these parking lots.

Food Truck

7: Get lost in Powell's Books

Powell's Books has been a staple in Portland since 1971. This impressive neighborhood retailer has continued to thrive even when the largest of chains have struggled. In a store big enough to need a compass for navigation there is something for everyone. Sip a cup of coffee and sit back to thumb through your favorite novel or go in search of a new best seller.

Books

8: A Peaceful Day at The Grotto

Visitors from all walks of life will be delighted by the beauty found at The Grotto just minutes from Portland. This inviting destination offers 62 acres of beauty for its patrons to explore. Our Lady’s Grotto is the focus of the shrine at the garden, a rock cave carved into the base of an 110-foot cliff. The sight is nothing short of spectacular no matter what your religious beliefs may be.

The Grotto

9: Stroll Through Portlands Saturday Market

The Saturday Market in Portland lets you experience handcrafted goods made by artisans of this unique city. Recognized as the largest ongoing operating open-air arts and crafts markets in the country, there is sure to be something for everyone. A stage provides live music as you search for the perfect keepsake and a variety of food vendors are there to fill your stomach.

outdoor market

 

10: Be Hypnotized by Voodoo Doughnuts

With more than fifty different options Voodoo Doughnuts has a flavor fit for anyone. If you have a craving that's not on the menu ask one of their doughnut artists to create a masterpiece specifically for you. With multiple locations, you won't have a problem finding a place to get your voodoo fix.

Donuts