Things to do for History Buffs in Portland, Oregon 

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  • 21

    Pioneer Courthouse

    10 reviews

    Be sure to get there early because the tours only go until 5PM. I arrived just a bit too late to get inside so I'll have to try another time.

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  • 22

    Broadway Bridge

    15 reviews

    A red colored bridge along the Willamette River. It is said to be the longest rall-type (rolling lift mechanism when opened) bascule bridge in the world. Built in 1913, it holds a lot of history and it's great that money was put in for renovation and restoration over the years to keep this bridge functional today. Portland's streetcar system passes ...

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  • 23

    Multnomah Falls

    73 reviews

    Multnomah falls is absolutely gorgeous. I took my family and girlfriend there after nor having been for years and it was completely worth it. Great path for hiking up as well with a magnificent view of the Gorge along the way.

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  • 24

    Oregon Historical Society

    2 reviews

    I had the good fortune to look around the Oregon Historical Society Museum yesterday. The highlight was the Peace Corps exhibit, which was full of interesting stories, fascinating volunteers, and over 40 years of personal history. It was well worth my time to wander around this fascinating portrayal of public service. Sometimes I think my Earthwatch activities is penance for ...

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  • 25

    International Rose Test Garden

    32 reviews

    This 100-year-old garden is filled with seemingly every type of rose ever created (I know that's probably not the case, but it sure seems like it) and there are flowers in bloom here for months. There's also a large amphitheater, plenty of grassy play areas, tennis courts, and a small food truck selling hotdogs and the likes. It's also got ...

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  • 26

    Oregon Zoo

    41 reviews

    This is a great zoo, if you are into that sort of thing.

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  • 27

    Latourell Falls

    3 reviews

    One of my favorite hikes in The Gorge! Breathtaking waterfalls, and a great hike for all levels... About an hour and a half round trip.

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  • 28

    Tom McCall Waterfront Park

    27 reviews

    When I'm in Portland I love to walk the main trail of Waterfront Park. It's best to go at dawn or dusk and enjoy the soft light and warm colors reflected on the river. Work up a sweat or lounge a bit and watch dragon boaters, scullers, kayakers, and even working ships on the waterway.

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  • 29

    Portland Saturday Market

    39 reviews

    Wow, what fun! This market is very Portland! All kinds of vendors that specialize in everything from making hats to little machines that turn virtually anything into a speaker. Down by the river you can take in a nice view while you enjoy treats from the food carts!

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  • 30

    Teardrop Lounge

    5 reviews

    Great mixologists here! Strike up a conversation, they'll know some great brunch spots. Try anything with bourbon.

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  • 31

    Fremont Bridge

    4 reviews

    A steel tied-arch bridge crossing over the Willamette River. It was built in 1973 and is said to currently be the second longest tied-arch bridge in the world (after the Caiyuanba Bridge along the Yangtze River.) This bridge seems to carry a lot of traffic in and out of downtown Portland.

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  • 32

    Portland Farmers' Market

    24 reviews

    The best Farmer's Market in town, it's the place to go for all your local, organic, free-range, yada-yada needs. There's usually live entertainment and foodcarts for those of us who can't wait to take all our fresh veggies home to cook, and the opportunity to browse (or photograph) stall upon stall of NW farmed treats is reason enough to visit, ...

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  • 33

    Forest Park

    20 reviews

    One of the biggest innercity parks in the country, Forest Park encompasses miles of woodland trails, and is super popular with hikers and joggers. The most popular trail here is the Wildwood Trail, which is around 30 miles long and connects Forest Park to the adjacent Washington Park (where you'll find the zoo, the Rose Garden, the Children's Museum, and ...

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  • 34

    Washington Park

    19 reviews

    Washington Park pretty much has it all. It includes a zoo, forestry museum, Arboretum, Children's Museum, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Holocaust and Vietnam Vets Memorials, interesting statues and lots of green space to frolic. I experienced a huge chunk of this Park during my last visit and I'm looking forward to my timely return.

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  • 35

    Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade

    14 reviews

    Its like a hipster portland version of Dave & Buster's. Same concept: arcade games & alcohol! Cool flourescent lit tables and lights in the seating area.

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  • 36

    Lloyd Center Mall

    15 reviews

    Wild! A mall with an ice rink right in the center of the mall! I've never seen anything like it! As you can see in my postcard it's a three story mall with a food court and movie theater on top and the ice rink on the bottom right in the center. Wow!

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  • 37

    Rose Garden Arena

    11 reviews

    Portland's giant arena is beautiful, well-designed, and makes every effort to maximize audience experience no matter what seats you can afford. Parking is convenient and cheap (relative to many California arenas, that is), and though the food is expensive, at least it's good. This is one of my favorite indoor places on the West Coast to see a major act.

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  • 38

    Horsetail Falls

    10 reviews

    First off, let me mention how absolutely terrified of heights I am. Now, let me say how exciting and amazing this hike was. I came here once on a 5th grade field trip and putting aside my paranoia, it was a wonderful experience and absolutely beautiful. The hike is steep and not very monitored, so you'll have to be careful, ...

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  • 39

    Living Room Theaters

    10 reviews

    What a cool concept! As the name suggests this place is a theater but with the comforts of home plus more! I stopped in to try some food in their absolutely lovely restaurant attached to the theater. I ask the extremely nice and helpful wait staff about the theaters. They explained that in the theater they have tables and comfortable ...

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  • 40

    Nob Hill/ Westover/ Northwest 23rd District

    10 reviews

    Northwest 23rd district is a quirky neighborhood full of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Its vibe is funky, young, and vibrant. Lots of people watching and dog petting. You can walk the neighborhood, then head down to the Pearl, and over to the Riverfront. Makes a great adventure on a sunny day.

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