6 Portland Attractions that Will Steal Your Heart

Portland isn’t just a city: it’s an experience, a celebration of life’s little pleasures.  Though its been in the news a lot in recent years (& not always for the good), there’s so much about the city that is magical.  Imagine streets filled with independent boutiques, offering chic fashion finds; art galleries where creativity blossoms in every corner; cozy cafes with the aroma of freshly-brewed PNW coffee, & forest-filled parks where you can immerse yourself in nature.  This is the true Portland.  It’s a city that celebrates the unique & quirky in all of us, demonstrated by these 6 Portland Attractions that Will Steal Your Heart…”

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The author in Portland’s famous rose garden with her beloved dog, Dylan!

Whether you’re an aspiring fashionista, bookworm, nature-lover, or culinary explorer ~ Portland has something special just for you.  In this bustling yet enchanting city, there’s a sense of camaraderie & still a “small town” feel, that makes it different from just about every other big city on the West Coast…


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Forest Park

Pittock Mansion


Pearl District

6 Portland Attractions that Will Steal Your Heart

A Book Lover’s Dream: Powell’s Books

If books are your best friends, then Powell’s Books may be your soulmate.  It’s not just a bookstore; it’s a universe filled with stories that stretch the imagination, touch your heart, & inspire the soul.  And it’s a major Portland, Oregon landmark.  Find yourself wandering through endless rows of books, with hand-picked titles ranging from romantic novels to empowering self-help guides.

Coffee & Conversations

And the magic doesn’t stop there.  Powell’s also houses a café serving locally-sourced coffee ~ perfect for book-club discussions or a peaceful moment to dive into your latest literary find.  This Portland hot spot is more than a must-visit; it’s a sanctuary for every girl who loves words…

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Powell’s is SO large ~ it’s divided into different rooms, with different colors representing different book genres.

OMSI ~ Empowering Imaginations

Who says science & tech are just for boys?  At OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science & Industry), get ready to have your mind blown by exhibits that inspire creativity & scientific knowledge. Explore, engage, & be amazed by the wonders of the universe, & marvels of human innovation.

Embrace Your Inner Geek

OMSI is a hub for all things fun & educational.  Indulge your inner science nerd with interactive displays, or be starstruck at the museum’s amazing planetarium.  This is a great spot to bring kids ~ as it’s where learning comes alive.

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OMSI is a great place to bring kids, with its many interactive exhibits. Photo by Portland Tribune,

Forest Park ~ Enjoy Nature’s Embrace

Next on our list is Forest Park, a haven where nature will envelop you with both shade & beauty.  Spend the day hiking, capturing perfect Instagram-worthy shots, or simply lying on the grass, gazing at the sky.  This is also a trail-runner’s heaven, with over 80 miles of scenic, shaded trails to explore.  Forest Park is close to Washington Park, one of Portland’s other top sights (which houses the Oregon Zoo & city’s famous Rose Garden).  Certain hiking trails actually connect the two parks.

A Picnic with the Girls

Invite your girlfriends for a delightful picnic amidst the rustling leaves & shaded trees.  Let the hours slip away as you share laughter, secrets, & delicious treats ~ creating memories that will last a lifetime.  Forest Park isn’t just one of the top attractions in Portland: it’s a place to bond with nature & each other.

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Use Hoyt Arboretum as a jumping-off point for exploring the hundreds of miles of trails in both Washington & Forest Park.

Pittock Mansion ~ A Touch of Elegance & History

The Pittock Mansion is a reminder of the elegance & grace of times gone by.  Explore this stunning historic mansion with its exquisite décor, art, & beautiful gardens. Take a guided tour, & get a glimpse of what life was like for the men & women who once graced these halls…

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Take a tour of historic Pittock Mansion.

Views & Values

And don’t miss the view!  From the mansion’s windows, you can gaze upon Portland & distant Mount Hood in all its glory.  The Pittock Mansion offers a unique blend of beauty, history, & insight into the women who shaped Portland, making it a must-visit for those who appreciate learning about the city’s grand heritage.

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Incredible view from the Pittock Mansion.

My favorite Portland hotel that’s oh-so chic, & walkable to many of the city’s top sights ~ is Hollywood-inspired Hotel Deluxe. It’s set in a protected little area called Goose Hollow, & is great for a romantic getaway or solo staycation!

Pearl District ~ Fashion + Great Eateries

Shop ’til You Drop

For fashion-savvy ladies & gents, the Pearl District is a dream come true.  Walk into boutiques like Garnish Apparel for their custom, locally-made clothes.  Or are you hunting for vintage treasures?  Check out the House of Vintage, where each piece has a special story.  From the latest designer collections, to unique style finds: this area is one of the city’s most upscale, with shops catering to many styles & budgets.

Art & Al Fresco Dining

The Pearl District is also a hub for art enthusiasts & foodies.  Visit the Elizabeth Leach Gallery and Blue Sky Gallery, where you can meet local artists who are redefining creativity.  When hunger strikes, enjoy a delightful al fresco dining experience at chic eateries like my personal favorite, Andina ~ with their exquisite Peruvian cuisine…& you must try their famous Sacsayhuaman cocktail, which is named after a famous Inca site in Cusco!  Or head to Lechon for more mouth-watering South American fare. 

And if you happen to be in town on the first Thursday of the month, attending “First Thursday” will put you in touch with a favorite local’s activity.  My friends & I always started our night at happening River Pig, which sits right in the heart of the Pearl District ~ & offers some of the best people-watching in town.

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My friends & I at River Pig, one of the most popular bars in the Pearl District!

Food Cart Frenzy ~ Culinary Adventures

Get ready for a culinary adventure like no other!  Portland’s food carts are renowned worldwide.  Start your food journey at Nong’s Khao Man Gai, for a comforting Thai chicken & rice dish.  Craving Mexican?  La Jarochita is a go-to for authentic tacos & tortas ~ or try local’s favorite, Porque No.  For a spin on traditional American grub, check out Fried Egg I’m in Love, where breakfast is served all day, every day. 

Read this article for a more complete list of the city’s best brunch spots.

Sharing is Caring

Sharing food & laughter in the vibrant ambiance of these food hubs is a Portland must.  And don’t forget to end your meal with something sweet from Waffle Window or Voodoo Doughnut.

The Cherry on Top: Luxurious Rides

Finally, don’t just hop on a bus or hail a cab for this journey around Portland.  Why not top it off with a sprinkle of luxury?  Take advantage of a trusted Portland limo service, which will add some glamour to your travels.  And so no one has to worry about drinking & driving!  Sit back, relax, & relive the memorable moments of your day as you’re whisked around Portland in style. 

This will make for a flawless finish to an unforgettable day in this special city…

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6 Portland Attractions that Will Steal Your Heart, Girl Who Travels the World