Back in September, J and I spent a week road-tripping through Oregon. It was an amazingly beautiful trip, and I’m going to spend the next few weeks recapping all our stops and showing you the best sights to see and activities to do, so that you can plan your Ultimate Oregon Road Trip too!
Our first stop was Portland! Portland is only about 3-4 hours south of Seattle (depending on traffic!), and I can’t believe it took me so long to visit. We only had an afternoon to explore, but even in a short amount of time, there is plenty to explore and get a feel for the city. Here are a few highlights that you should definitely hit, even if you only have a few hours here!
1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
Powell’s Books is absolutely amazing. This gigantic bookstore covers an entire city block! Room after room after room is filled with thousands of books on all different topics. We seriously could’ve spent an entire day here but managed to limit ourselves this time. Powell’s sells both new and used books, and they have a counter set up to buy back your used books as well. It’s absolutely a must-see if you are visiting Portland for the first time.
One of the coolest parts was the rare books room, where old manuscripts and other unique books could be found.
210 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
They have great beer samplers!
And excellent food, too!
International Rose Test Garden
400 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205
22 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
They had fun stained glass artwork surrounding the door!
Inside was quite a sight to see! So much to look at and so little time. They were extremely efficient and getting people through the line.
Here’s the display case with many of their crazy doughnut options!
We ordered 6 doughnuts to take with us for the next few mornings of our trip. I loved the box that they came in!
These doughnuts were delicious and definitely worth the wait! You must try them next time you’re in Portland! I recommend trying Voodoo Doughnut Too if you’re short on time – the line was much more manageable than the downtown location seemed to be.
That wraps up the first afternoon of our Ultimate Oregon Road Trip – stay tuned over the next few weeks for more updates and must-see Oregon destinations!
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