Named at the turn of the century after resident W.H. Boring, there's no reason to be bored in Boring, Oregon. Located about 30 minutes from Portland near Mount Hood, visitors can stop by Red Pig Garden Tools, the only blacksmith in the U.S. specializing in hand-forged garden tools; take a tour of the Guide Dogs for the Blind's Oregon campus; or enjoy the outdoors along the Springwater Corridor biking and walking trail. The wealth of free activities and proximity to Portland make Boring an affordable daytrip.
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