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A Local Guide To Portland Oregon

Where to go and eat when visiting hipster capital.

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2. Japanese Garden


The Japanese Gardens located right next to the Rose Gardens and transport you right to Japan. The former Japanese Ambassador to the United States, Nobuo Matsunaga, even said that is is the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan.

3. NW 23rd Avenue

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NW 23rd is one of the most well-known streets in portland, good food, boutiques, and popular stores line the street. My favorite place to eat there is Escape From New York Pizza, $3 for the best pizza in Portland.

7. Forest Park


Stretching over 8 miles and covering 5,100 acres of land this is one of the countries largest urban forest reserves. With 70 miles of trails you could hike for days.

8. The Grotto


This is a Roman Catholic shrine, that anyone can visit. In the picture above is the meditation room, but the Grotto has way more to offer. From its botanical gardens to the shrine in a cave.

9. The Columbia Gorge

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The Columbia Gorge is not in portland but is too beautiful not to include. About a 1-hour drive and you're there. There's millions of hikes, each one of them breathtaking. The one pictured above is Oneonta Gorge.

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