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Author: Sean Keener

Portland, OR, United States

North America: Round-the-World Travel Destinations

Budget Scale: 1-5

1-least expensive; 5-most expensive
3.5– Portland is certainly cheaper than cities like San Francisco and New York, but it’s still not exactly a budget destination. If you have good weather during your visit and like the outdoors, you can certainly save money by camping.

Indie Travel Scale: 1-5

1-not a good Indie Travel destination; 5-a great Indie Travel destination
3.5– Portland has an indie spirit that is contagious. It’s a city that is unique and has a vibe that many other large American cities don’t have.
Indie Travel Tips
Follow these tips to have an indie travel experience in Portland

  • Rent a bike and explore on two wheels instead of your feet. Portland is very bike friendly and a great way to explore the city.
  • Get lost in the massive Washington Park.
  • Come in early June for Portland’s largest event of the year – the Portland Rose Festival.
  • If live music is your thing, you’ve come to the right place. Check out the Portland Mercury and Willamette Week to see who’s playing when you’re there.
  • There’s no sales tax in Portland, so go shopping and take advantage!

Why you should add Portland to your RTW travel list

  • Hang out in the very cool Pearl District
  • Take a day trip to visit the BootsnAll guys in Eugene
  • Browse for hours in Powell’s City of Books
  • Grab a beer and a movie at the Baghdad Cafe
  • A great base to explore the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, such as hiking, fishing and rafting
  • Windsurf with the world’s best at Mount Hood
  • Try visiting all the excellent McMenamins pubs in Portland or Oregon
  • Take a day or two and drive down the rugged Oregon coast

Are you heading to Portland? What do you need to do?

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