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We have 3 days in Portland and want to see art exhibits, theater and explore the neighborhoods. What do you suggest? -Joanne

I recommend a visit the Portland Art Museum to start! Portland also has a ballet, opera, and many theater options:http://www.portlandtheatre.com/calendar/index.php Most of these cultural offerings are in Downtown Portland. Adjacent is Portland…

October 24th, 2012- Post Your Answer
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Ideas for day trips from Portland in September for a family?

For a coast trip, I recommend taking Highway 26 from Portland, and then take the Highway 6 turnoff to Tillamook.In Tillamook visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory! Then proceed up Highway 101 and stop whenever your curiosity ispiqued. There are…

September 11th, 2012- Post Your Answer
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Does Portland have any shopping areas with upscale boutiques and cute shops?

Yes! You’ll probably enjoy the Nob Hill area- specifically Northwest 23rd Avenue – it’s amile or so of cute shops and upscale boutiques. In downtown Portland, I’d recommend the Pioneer Place Mall.Adjacent to downtown is…

September 10th, 2012- Post Your Answer
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We’re coming to Oregon this summer. We want to rent a place on the beach, walk, eat well, see local sites and shop in art galleries. We also want to spend a couple of days in Portland. There are four of us and none of us have ever spent time in Oregon before. Do you have any suggestions for how to set up a couple days in the city and four days on the coast? – Elaine R.

On the Oregon Coast your best bet for art, beach, and eating well is probably Cannon Beach on the North Coast, or Newport on the Central Coast. I’m also partial to Astoria (where I live part-time) for everything you listed, except it’s…

May 15th, 2012- Post Your Answer
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I am looking for a place to go to that is on the beach but not too far from Washington state to take my family to in the summer. Suggestions? – Alicia P.

You’re in luck, as Oregon’s north coast has plenty of places to stay at the beach. You’ll find lots of rentals and hotels and lovely beaches in Pacific City, Rockaway Beach, Manzanita, Cannon Beach, Seaside, and Astoria (though…

May 15th, 2012- Post Your Answer
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Are there tour destinations from Portland to Astoria?

There are several routes you could take to Astoria from Portland. If you take Highway 30, there aren’t too many tourist destinations, but there are a few viewpoints over the Columbia River. Highway 26 is another option, and along that route…

May 15th, 2012- Post Your Answer
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we are traveling to Portland this summer and have a flexible schedule. we want to see live music, preferably in a festival or concert setting. what’s the best source for things to do? – Byrne P.

During the July 4th weekend there’s the Waterfront Blues Festivaland the Oregon Zoo hosts several summer concerts. Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square hosts concerts and events featuring live music (e.g. Cinco de Mayo, Festa Italiana)…

April 28th, 2012- Post Your Answer
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My wife and I will have one day & night in downtown Portland. We are in our late 20s and enjoy hikes, good food, live music, and generally cool, unique experiences. Any suggestions for our one day of awesomeness in Portland? – Ben & Amy

Since you’ll be right downtown, you should definitely explore the city – there are lots of parks, shops, and restaurants worth checking out. The Willamette Week and Portland Mercury newspapers will have entertainment listings. Also check…

April 26th, 2012- Post Your Answer
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What are some fun and exciting things to do in portland for kids and teens? Also some places to go swimming that aren’t too cold?

There are quite a few municipal pools in Portland. The outdoor ones are only open during the summer. And here’s a discussion on a local blog about “Portland Swimming Holes.” With regards to other activities, there are plenty!…

April 26th, 2012- Post Your Answer
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About Author 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.

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