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Going To Portland, Any Suggestions?

Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:05 pm

I'm going to Portland (the one in Oregon, not Maine) for three days, just to chill up there. I'll be going with part of my family (grandma and cousin). I'll have a rental car. Any tips on what to do up there?
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RE: Going To Portland, Any Suggestions?

Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:12 pm

If you have a car, and are interested in aviation, I highly recommend this:

http://www.sprucegoose.org/

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RE: Going To Portland, Any Suggestions?

Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:19 pm

The Japanese Garden is a must. It changes everytime I go there and works as a nice walk. Other than that, Portland is a very vibrant city and I much prefer it to Seattle. If you want to plan a day trip, then I'd head out to Mt. Hood and/or the Columbia River Gorge.

I haven't been to Portland all that often, despite my aunt and uncle living there. Though those are the things I often do when I head out there.

Also PDX is a really nice airport with superb views of traffic from the top of the parking garage.

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RE: Going To Portland, Any Suggestions?

Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:54 pm

Wow....so much to do and see around Oregon!

Depends on how far you are willing to go to see stuff?

There is tons of great hiking. There is the Woodburn outlet stores about 30 minutes south of Portland. The coast isn't too far away. I always enjoy going to Newport or Lincoln City. You can visit the cheese factory at Tillamook and get a tour. They have great ice cream they make as well.

Salem is full of great stuff. If you enjoy baseball, the Little League Senior Western Region Baseball tournament starts this Sunday, and runs approximately 10 days in Salem. The age group is 15-16 year olds. If you're more of a professional baseball fan... The Portland Beavers are the AAA team of the Padres, they play at PGE Park in downtown Portland. There are single A teams in Salem/Keizer (40-45 minute drive), and Eugene (1-1/2 hour drive).

Mt. Hood isn't too bad of a drive. But all in all, there is just a bunch to choose from. Have fun!
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RE: Going To Portland, Any Suggestions?

Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:55 pm

If you are here on the weekend, go to Saturday Market. Get there on one of the MAX light rail lines and get off at Skidmore Fountain. The Gorge is a nice visit too. Drive on the old highway to get the best views. End of the Oregon Trail museum was in Oregon City, but the canvas ripped off and I have not seen them replaced yet. Enjoy your stay.
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RE: Going To Portland, Any Suggestions?

Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:55 pm

Thanks

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 1):

http://www.sprucegoose.org/

Sounds cool, I'll remember that one.

Quoting LHboyatDTW (Reply 2):

all right, I'll check the garden out too. Of the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood, which would is more recommended?

Quoting S12PPL (Reply 3):
You can visit the cheese factory at Tillamook and get a tour. They have great ice cream they make as well.

Sounds kinda fun in a cheesy sorta touristy way

Quoting Seb146 (Reply 4):
If you are here on the weekend, go to Saturday Market.

I'll miss the market, I get in on Sunday, not sure what time.

[Edited 2007-07-25 08:01:36]
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RE: Going To Portland, Any Suggestions?

Wed Jul 25, 2007 3:00 pm

Go to The Montage Restaurant........a Cajun restaurant near downtown.

Great food. You won't be disappointed
 
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RE: Going To Portland, Any Suggestions?

Wed Jul 25, 2007 3:02 pm

Quoting AASuper83 (Reply 6):
Go to The Montage Restaurant........a Cajun restaurant near downtown.

Great food. You won't be disappointed

Sounds good too.
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RE: Going To Portland, Any Suggestions?

Wed Jul 25, 2007 3:10 pm

Quoting DL777LAX (Reply 5):
Sounds kinda fun in a cheesy sorta touristy way

Actually, if you're going to the coast, the factory is a nice place to stop. If you've never had squeaky cheese, now's you're chance. But you really have to be committed to a day out of town, Tillamook from Portland is no small drive.
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RE: Going To Portland, Any Suggestions?

Wed Jul 25, 2007 3:22 pm

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 8):
But you really have to be committed to a day out of town, Tillamook from Portland is no small drive.

I'll play it as it is, I don't have much of a schedule, I'm actually doing a road trip starting in Portland going to Yellowstone through CorD'laine and Bozeman. I've got three days in Portland, and seeing the Oregon coast would be kinda neat. Its not a necessity, I live three miles from the pacific in Santa Monica, but it would be cool to check out. If Tillamook is a three hour drive, we'll make it in two.
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RE: Going To Portland, Any Suggestions?

Wed Jul 25, 2007 3:28 pm

Quoting DL777LAX (Reply 9):
If Tillamook is a three hour drive, we'll make it in two.

Not if you get stuck behind a logging truck.  Wink

The point is, if you're going out to Tillamook, you're essentially going to the coast for the day. It's like you don't drive to San Diego from where you are "just to have lunch".
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RE: Going To Portland, Any Suggestions?

Wed Jul 25, 2007 3:34 pm

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 10):
The point is, if you're going out to Tillamook, you're essentially going to the coast for the day.

Point Taken.

We'll figure how to fit it all in. My family traveling can be quite the Griswald-esque experience.
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