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10 Best Things to Do in Portland, Oregon

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Once a mainstay for hippies and runaways, Portland is now synonymous with high-end eateries, esteemed breweries, and the hip locals that frequent them. But Portland has also famously maintained its cherished oddities and eco-friendly vibe. From retro neon signs and rickety bridges to green hiking trails, bike lanes, and Cascade-mountain views, Portland’s authenticity is central to its appeal as a newly popular travel destination.

Its Austin-borrowed “Keep Portland Weird” tagline appropriately reflects the vibe of the many counter-culturists, coffee roasters, and marijuana proponents who’ve flocked to it in recent years. And the dozens of historic local theaters, hotels, and bars that have maintained their original character despite the pull of time and new management continue to demonstrate that Portland isn’t just another generic city.

There’s no true science to the madness of this city, which straddles an invisible line between urbanity and nature. But there are certainly some can’t-miss activities. Here are the best things to do in Portland—some of which are (thankfully) even better in the rain.

The Best Things to Do in Portland, Oregon

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Associate Editor Shannon McMahon writes about all things travel. She visited Portland, Oregon as a guest of Travel Portland. Follow her adventures on Instagram @shanmcmahon and on Twitter @shanmcmahon_.

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