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2 Days in Portland

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Pack your bags for an enthralling 2 days trip to Portland, the Eco-conscious city. PDX is bursting with influential tourist attractions, celebrated food scenes, thrilling nightlife and the entire city is dotted with scenic greenery. To top it off, food trucks dish out flavors from all over the globe. Check out the 48 hours itinerary to explore this innovative and new trend City of Portland.

Willamette River
Image by Stuart Seeger via Wikimedia Commons

Day 1 Portland Itinerary!

Breakfast at 8:00am

Enjoy a good breakfast at Cheryl’s On 12th (1135 SW Washington St). Select from their delicious breakfast menu and enjoy a delicious treat. Traditional American breakfast awaits at Bottle Kitchen (50 SW Morrison St) - crispy new potatoes, sausage, bacon, toast, yogurt, fruit, fried eggs and more.

Tom McCall Waterfront Park at 9.30am

After a good breakfast, kick start your day with a power blasted walk in the mile long Tom McCall Waterfront Park. This is also an ideal place to view the stunning city's skyline. The park encompasses the Salmon Street Springs Fountain and the Oregon Maritime Center and Museum. You can wander around RiverPlace to check out the charming specialty shops or you can participate in fun boating activities.

Address: SW River Drive | Portland, OR 97204
Website: http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/finder/index.cfm?PropertyID=156&action=ViewPark

Portland Art Museum at 11:30am

Art lovers must visit Portland Art Museum, where you will find Oregon's most prestigious collection - Japanese screen prints, the European masters and contemporary American pieces. The focal point is the museum's Native American gallery, that highlights the modern and ancient works of several tribes. There is a sculpture garden for you to stroll around and a specific area dedicated to photography. If you're lucky, you may get a chance to participate in elite events like the Portland International Film Festival.

Address: 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
Website: www.pam.org

Duration from Tom McCall Waterfront Park: 0.7 mile or 4 minutes drive

Lunch at 1:00pm

Time to take a lunch break and fuel up for the rest of the day. At Olympia Provisions Northwest (1632 NW Thurman St), you will enjoy their steak or choose your choice of Spanish Board, Italian Board or French Board. Anytime of the day and anyone will enjoy yummy sandwich. So swing by Lardo (1205 SW Washington St) and relish their Italian Tuna Melt, Pork Meatball Banh Mi, Double Burger or choose anything that delight you from the long menu list.

Stunning Victorian Style Mansion! Pittock Mansion at 2:30pm

You will love to explore this 22-room Victorian design mansion with early 20th century furnishings. The mansion was built by the publisher of the Oregonian newspape, Henry Pittock. Guided tours are available here, to give a narrative insights of the the 20th century high life. Make sure you stop by the gift shop to take home some unique handcrafted items.

Address: 3229 NW Pittock Drive | Portland, OR 97210
Website: www.pittockmansion.com

Shopping at Washington Square Mall at 3:30pm

Your shopping list and desire will be well taken care in Washington Square Mall. There are varied merchandise stores and diverse options to explore. The focal point here is that, you will also find the Oregon's largest Nordstrom, Portland's only Cheesecake Factory and the only Brighton Jewelry Stores. If you can check out all the 170 specialty stores there.

Address: 9585 SW Washington Square Rd, Portland, Oregon 97223
Website: www.shopwashingtonsquare.com
Hours: 10am-9pm 9(Mon-Sat ); Sun 10am-7pm

Pioneer Courthouse Square at 5:30pm

Pioneer Courthouse Square is a plaza where you will find businesses in full swing and a cultural and shopping district. As you meander around, you will come across the 'weather machine', the waterfall fountain, and drop by the visitor's center and Pioneer Courthouse. The Square also play hosts to many events/concerts. You will also find farmer's market spring up here in Saturday or Sunday mornings.

Address: 701 Southwest Sixth Avenue | Portland, OR 97204
Website: www.pioneercourthousesquare.org

Duration from Washington Square Mall: 3 miles or 17 minutes drive

Sing Out Loud! Voicebox Karaoke Lounge at 7:00pm

This is a place loaded with entertainment and you'll loose all your inhibitions. From candy bowls to taking control of the mic to sing your favorite number, this place is full of surprises. Choose your own song que and get ready for duets or duels karaoke party here.

Address: 2112 NW Hoyt St, Portland, Oregon
Phone: 503-303-8220
Website: www.VoiceboxPDX.com

Or,

If karaoke is not your take, step in Harvey's Comedy Club & Restaurant to indulge in good belly laugh. Fresh talents and legendary comedians perform in this comedy club that has been around for the last 20 years.

Address: 436 NW 6th Ave
Phone: 503.241.0338
Website: www.harveyscomedyclub.com

Dinner at 9:00pm

You deserve a good meal after the day's rambling. Stop by Wilfs Restaurant & Bar (800 NW 6th Ave). Here, you can enjoy a scrumptious dinner while enjoying jazz or blues. For Greek, Mediterranean fare, step in Alexis Restaurant (215 W Burnside St). Are you in for Halibut or fried oysters or prime rib? Stop at Hobo's (120 NW 3rd Ave)

Nightlife! Old Town Historic District at 11:00pm

To bask on city's thrilling nightlife scene, you must visit Old Town Historic District, adorned with Portland's chic and cool night clubs, like Barrel Room, Berbati's, The Crown Room, Roseland Theatre and Grill, Captain Ankeny's Well, The Boiler Room. You can also hang out by the Skidmore Fountain and soak in the original scenery of the city. Aside from the numerous sizzling nightlife venues, the district hosts many fun events and feasts.

Address: Southwest Fourth Avenue and Burnside Street, Oregon 97209
Website: www.oldtownchinatown.net/Portland


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Day 1 Portland Tour Map Guide


Day 2 Portland Itinerary

Breakfast at 8:00am

Ready for some breakfast? Bijou Cafe (132 SW 3rd Ave) is a fantastic cozy outlet to have French or American breakfast. The items range from fresh oyster, bacon & onion to smoked goat cheddar with bacon, to cornmeal pancakes, to goat cheese french omelet to egg breakfasts served with fresh salad & whole wheat bread. Enjoy great service and delicious food.

Portland's Treasured Park! Washington Park at 9:30am

You can easily spend a full day or half a day here. Washington Park is considered Portland's best park, encompassing, the International Rose Test Garden, Japanese Garden, the Portland Children's Museum, the Oregon Zoo. The Rose Garden is made up of many gardens of roses combined together and have varieties of hybrid roses. While there, you must stop by the miniature rose garden, the Shakespeare Garden, the Gold Medal Garden. For some Zen-like tranquility, head to the Japanese Garden. There is an onsite Tea House to enjoy some great tea and you can relax and absorb the calmness of the place, while gazing at the city's view and Mount Hood. And of course, you cannot miss a visit to Oregon zoo, that is home to over 2000 animals from around the globe. And kids must have their share of fun and joy at Portland's Children's Museum.

Address: Portland, Oregon 97210
Website: http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/finder/index.cfm?PropertyID=841&action=ViewPark

Get Enlightened! Powell’s City of Books at 12:30pm

Fancy exploring the world's largest independent bookstore? Visit Powell’s City of Books, covering an entire city block. The massive building houses over 1.5 million books in varied genre. You can use a map to help you navigate through the 9 color coded rooms. Grab your favorite book and while perusing your book, enjoy a cup of coffee at the in-store coffee shop.

Address: 1005 W. Burnside, Portland, Oregon 97209
Phone: 503.228.4651
Website: www.powells.com

Distance from Washington Park: 1.8 miles or 8 minutes drive


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Lunch at 2:00pm

Take a cab to Gloria’s Secret Cafe (12500 SW Broadway St, Beaverton) for a delicious Latin American fare. Or indulge in yummy chicken wings, wontons, noodles in Mama Chow’s Kitchen - a food truck at 300 SW 2nd Ave.

Huge Forest within City Limits! Forest Park at 3:30pm

Explore Forest Park - 5100 acres of temperate rain forest within city limit. Get in your hiking boots, for you're in for some really adventurous expedition. The area is engulfed with dense flora, fauna and many hiking trails. Within the Forest Park Sanctuary, you will find a wildlife rehabilitation center and a bookstore.

Address: Portland, Oregon 97231, US
Phone: 1 503-823-4492
Website: www.forestparkconservancy.org
Hours: 5:00 am – 10:00 pm (Check ahead for any changes)

Fabulously Flavored Beer! Hair of the Dog Brewing at 6.00pm

If you love beer, you ought to visit Hair of the Dog Brewing to taste some seriously unusual beer. Why unusual? The whole brewing cycle is completed inside the bottle and the beer are left to age like a fine wine i.e., 'bottle conditioned.' The end product is a fabulously flavored beer with high alcohol content. Stop by here and do the taste test yourself.

Address: 61 SE Yamhill St, Portland, Oregon
Website: www.hairofthedog.com
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11:30am-8pm, till 10pm Friday - Saturday

Duration from Forest park: 4.8 miles or 12 minutes drive

Or,

If wine is your taste, enjoy a wine tasting expedition in town. Of course, Willamette Valley is the ultimate wine valley, but if you cannot be there due to time constraint - you can meet the winemakers and taste little drops of heavenly wine, without leaving city limits, at Hip Chicks Do Wine - Portland's oldest winery. Or perhaps you can visit other equally good tasting rooms at Division Winemaking Company, Clay Pigeon Winery, Bow & Arrow Wines, Helioterra Wines, Fausse Piste, Jan-Marc Wine Cellars and so forth.

Duration from Forest park: 8.3 miles or 19 minutes drive

Upscale Neighborhood! Pearl District at 8:00pm

You must visit the upscale Pearl District to check up its top notch boutiques, art galleries, expensive lofts and trendy restaurants. Spend some time, hanging out and meandering by the beautiful Jamison Square Fountain. Try to make it there on the first Thursday of the month, when almost all of the area's art galleries stay open late and the district turns into cool street party atmosphere.

Address: Portland, Oregon
Website: www.explorethepearl.com

Dinner at 9:30 PM

Time to unwind and savor a delectable meal. Mediterranean Exploration Company (333 NW 13th Ave) is a delightful restaurant to feast on Mediterranean cuisine. Frankly, you would want to try everything there - Philo Chard Pie, Beef Bacon Wrapped Date, Grilled Octopus Salad, Moroccan Brick Chicken, grilled prawns, Lamb Ragu and there is a really long list to go on. For Italian fare, step in Piazza Italia (1129 NW Johnson St). Whether you order Linguine Squarciarella or Rigatoni Bolognese or Lasagna or La Burina - each platter will fully satiate your palate.


Dance Like a Star! Dance Clubs at 11:00 PM

End your fantastic day with a dance party at The Crown Room - the city's famous hip hop dance club. When you get tired, sit down and snack in some delicious snacks, sip a drink and listen to live music. Another good recommendation for the night is Lola's Room at the Crystal Ballroom. You can dance to your favorite classic 80s soundtracks in its floating floor. On Friday nights, you will find people all dressed up in 80's theme.

The Crown Room
205 NW 4th Street, Portland, Oregon 97209

Lola's Room at the Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside, Portland, Oregon 97255

Day 2 Portland Tour Map Guide

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