Planning a trip to Portland, Oregon this summer. Any suggestion on things to do, places to stay? I’ve never been and I’m from the East Coast.
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One thing I really found amazing in Portland is the concept of food trucks. World cuisine at an affordable price. You should definitely try them.
Just beyond Portland and an even shorter drive from the airport is the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. If you are up for a little adventure and it is a warm day, I highly suggest a hike, (more like creek walk), up Oneonta Gorge. Be sure to bring a pair of water shoes, and prepare to get wet! You will follow a short path down to the creek then follow the creek up through the gorge, maneuver over a log jam, and then wade your way to the end of the trail where you will be greeted with a glorious waterfall, and great swimming hole. Beware, it is relatively cold water, and you might want a warm towel when you get back.
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About Ask Oregon Expert Dave Strom
A Portland native, since 2007 I've been covering offbeat Portland history, news, and events at my blog, Dave Knows Portland. In May 2011, I relocated to Astoria, Oregon. As an Ask Oregon Ambassador, I look forward to sharing my knowledge of Portland and my explorations of Oregon's North Coast.