A lot of cities have their distinctive symbols or something that they are known for: Seattle has the Space Needle, New York has the Statue of Liberty, Las Vegas has the casinos, New Orleans has jazz, etc. Sorry for our ignorance, but if you’d ask us about Portland we couldn’t tell. The Portland Trail Blazers in NBA?
Well, Portland has the second largest copper statue after Ms Liberty and supposedly roses are the thing the city is known for, but most of the tourists come just for the feel. The city is really green, innovative, yet retro, with interesting architecture and wide and wild food and bar scene. The traffic is a mix of bikers, skateboarders, street cars, electric vehicles and old station wagons. If you’re in the right part of town you can even take an aerial tramway!
More interesting facts? Portland has over 700 food carts, the biggest bookstore in the country and about 50 strip bars. There’s a doughnut shop that’s open 24 hours a day and still usually has a line out the door – Voodoo Doughnuts. They put crazy stuff on their pastry and people still like it. “Keep Portland weird” as they like to say! As we didn’t have time to wait in line we couldn’t try the weird stuff and went with classic but delicious doughnuts from Coco’s.
Besides the sugary bakery we shopped for some sporting goods at the first Nike Factory store in the world. We also happened to drive past the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, that’s supposed to hide the 50%-off-everything store inside its heavily protected premises, but as we didn’t have an invitation from an employee or an athlete to check out the Swoosh paradise, we continued on our journey.
To sum up our experience in P-Town – it is very likeable and has a lot of things to see and do in and around the city. Time for us to hit the beach!