Avid traveler and Portland local, Mike Asimos, is sharing some of his favorite parts of his hometown.
For those who haven’t been there, Portland, Oregon is just one of those elusive places in the States that offers no sales tax. For most people who are looking to come to Oregon, this reason alone is reason enough to warrant a visit. We could end the article right here but that would be severely selling the place too short. That’s right; there are many other wondrous reasons why you should visit Portland, Oregon aside from the no sales tax.
If you are going to Oregon, you are going to shop. So here are the best places for the shopping buffs:
• Powell’s City of Books – this might just be the best specialty and gift shop in Oregon. It’s a great place to shop, read and of course, get a book. It’s a great place even if you’re not exactly a book lover.
• Portland Farmers Market – this place is a simply a haven for shoppers and food lovers. Expect to partake in a veritable feast as well as local goodies.
Nature and Parks
For those who are seeking some nature adventure, these places won’t disappoint:
• Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area – these spectacular waterfalls will have you picking up your jaw from the floor.
• Portland Japanese Garden – for a truly serene experience, this garden is a must visit as it is perhaps one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens outside of Japan.
You can’t go wrong with museums when it comes to soaking up that Oregon culture:
• Oregon Museum of Science and Industry – this place offers so much to do and learn. Enjoy laser light shows, IMAX screenings, fascinating exhibits and more. A treat for both kids and adults.
• Oregon Historical Society Museum – interested in the history of Oregon? This museum features some impressive displays and exhibits that will surely be a treat for history buffs.
Foods and Drinks
Of course, you can’t visit Oregon without partaking on its local foods and drinks:
• Forktown Food Tours – this is a one-two package where you get to learn about Oregon foods as well as indulge on them. The tour features lots of good food and that should be good enough right?
• A Great Oregon Wine Tour – the state is also known for its excellent wines so it would be foolish not to partake. The wine tour will take you through amazing wineries, learn about their history and of course, taste exceptional wines.
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