Portland Off The Beaten Path

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  • 1. Forest Park

    I'm not sure where the main entrance to Forest Park is -- I have a friend who lives next to it and my entrance is her backyard. Anyway, this is the largest urban wilderness park in America, and...

  • 2. Pittock Mansion

    The Pittock Mansion was built by one of Portland's richest citizens in the "old days". The mansion was purchased by the city in 1964, after the family put the house on the market and the house was...

  • 3. Min Zidell Healing Garden

    Located on the campus of the National College of Natural Medicine in southwest Portland, this little garden is set aside as an urban oasis. Many of the plants...

  • 4. Steam Locomotives SP 4449, SP&S 700, ORN 197

    The city of Portland owns several steam locomotives, and two of those are currently in operating condition with a third in the process of being restored. They...

  • 5. Creepy Bathroom

    They are pretty serious at trying to keep Portland weird! I had the pleasure to visit the Rimsky-KorsaKoffee House in South East Portland. The location is a...

  • 6. Columbia Gorge

    By heading out 30 miles East of Portland on Highway 84 or Scenic Highway 30 you can explore the mighty Columbia River Gorge. There are great views and small...

  • 7. Lone Fir Cemetery

    A recent (October 26, 2011) paragraph in the Willamette Week newspaper notes that the Lone Fir Cemetery has been named #9 on the list of Top 10 Cemeteries to...

  • 8. Powell Butte Park

    UPDATE!: Powell Butte Park has returned to accessibility after a huge construction project closed the main parking area. From time to time during the spring of...

  • 9. Monk Made Fudge at Brigittine Monastery

    About 40 miles South of Portland, just outside the community of Amity is the Brigittine Monastery. The Brigittine order was founded in 1370 by St. Birgitta of...

  • 10. Da Tung and Xi'an Bao Bao Elephant Sculpture

    Da Tung may be translated as "universal peace" or "large bronze" and large it is! This elephant sculpture was a gift to the city of Portland by a resident of...

  • 11. Friendship Circle

    This little sculpture is at the very far end of Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and is a monument to the friendship that has existed between Portland and Sapporo,...

  • 12. Smith and Bybee Lakes Park

    While it is reasonably well known among Portland locals, particulary those familiar with Portland bird watching, Smith and Bybee Lakes Park is definitely not on...

  • 13. Chapman School Chimney and Vaux Swifts

    Before the "civilization" of Oregon, Vaux swifts (tiny birds that feed mostly on insects) mostly inhabited hollow trees or other such natural cavities. With the...

  • 14. Visit Silver Falls State Park!!!

    Not exactly in portland(actually 1 1/-2 hours away, but worth the trip) There are miles and miles of hiking trails, some of which even go behind waterfalls...

  • 15. Multnomah Falls

    If you have a little time and a rented car, take a drive on Interstate-84 about 30 miles east of the middle of Portland. It is probably one of the most visited...

  • 16. Attend the Adult Soap Box Derby races at Mt. Tabor

    Mt. Tabor park is a park at the top of an extinct volcano in SE Portland. (see website for more park info) and I was lucky enough to attend the Adult Soap Box...

  • 17. Mt. Tabor Park, Looking East

    Mt. Tabor park has a wonderful view of Mt. Hood, particularly during sunrise. Just keep following the road up to the summit around the east side of the hill....

  • 18. Rhododendron Garden

    Portland is known as the city of Roses, and while they prosper here, and the Nootka Rose is a native plant, most Roses are not native to the area.On the other...

  • 19. Rocky Butte - Watch Airplanes Land Under Your Feet

    Rocky Butte is a park and viewpoint in the northeast corner of Portland. The area has nearly a full 360 degree view, including the Columbia River, Mt. St....

  • 20. Chamber Music on Tap

    Once again my wife's job has influenced us on some of the venues we have attended. But this one is worth it.A series of concerts are held in the upstairs of...

  • 21. Eastside Esplanade

    Across from the Tom McCall Waterfront Park is the Eastbank Esplande. Since its completion many runners, walkers, bikeriders, dog walkers and everyone else has...

  • 22. The Oregon Symphony

    Here's something I never thought I'd recommend- the Oregon Symphony. Not something you'd think to visit when you think of Oregon- but not to be missed.2003...

  • 23. Portland's Dirty Little Secret

    Portland in the mid-1800's was a large port town. Some travelers would come to the city's bars and brothels and meet a friendly stranger that would buy lots of...

  • 24. Willamette Stone State Park (no rock here!)

    Just off Skyline Boulevard in Portland's West Hills is a rock - or at least it used to be a rock. Today, it is a metal disk set in concrete, and from this...

  • 25. Portland Firefighters Park

    In 1873, a huge fire burned almost every building west of the Willamette River in the relatively new city of Portland. At that time, fire departments were not...

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