Travel to Portland, Oregon – Episode 230

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Sean Keener of the BootsNAll travel network about the city of Portland Oregon.

Sean describes the independent character of the city that is expressed in its brewpubs, food carts and hip culture. It is also evident in the famous Powell’s bookstore.

Portland weather has a reputation for being rainy but Sean tells us when to come to Portland. He also tells us where to ride a bike and where to find some good Vegan food. If Vegan is not your style, find out where to find a pork chop over 4 inches thick.

Outside of Portland, Sean tells us about side trips to Mt Hood for skiing, the shore for surfing and the wine country that can all be part of one great day. He also talks about one of the best spots in the world for kite surfing and hiking.

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Show Notes

OMSI – Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Powell’s City of Books
Starlight Parade at the Rose Festival
Portland waterfalls

Food and Drink

Deschutes Brewery Portland Pub
Widmer Brothers Brewing
Rogue Ales
Bridgeport Ale House
Vita Cafe Vegan Bar
DC Vegetarian food cart
Doug Fir Restaurant and Lounge
The Tin Shed
Acadia A New Orleans Bistro


La Quinta Inn Portland Convention Center
Ace Hotel
Jupiter Hotel
Portland Hostels

Internet Resources

Boots ‘N All


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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

6 Responses to “Travel to Portland, Oregon – Episode 230”



Loved the podcast, Chris. I’m traveling to the Cali desert and then on to the Portland area (for the first time besides the Oregon Coast) next week, so this is obviously a very timely podcast. Sean hit up on everything I wanted to hear about (the great outdoors, mtn biking & the food). Looking forward to it and hope it stays dry.



Hey Chris, nice podcast! I’m from Portland, born and raised, and I have to say Sean hit the mark, pretty spot on! The one Portland institution he left out was Voodoo Donuts. There are two locations, my favorite is on 3rd and Burnside next to Dante’s Sinferno. Its only about 10×10 inside, so it gets crowded, and the late night lines are long, but that is one place I always bring my couchsurfers! Where else can you get a voodoo doll donut filled with blood (raspberry filling) and get married (its a chapel too!) all in one stop?



Hmm on the iTunes enhanced feed but this episode has no pictures :s



I did have an issue last week that cause the enhanced version to be… not so enhanced. Most likely you downloaded it before that got fixed. Try downloading the episode again.

Fred Lusk


Thanks to host and guest for an informative and enthusiastic episode, which I just caught up to.

My wife and I have been to Portland twice and really love the city and its surroundings. Based on our trips, I would like to add the following:

1. Powell’s Books is worth a full afternoon, if not all day. On our last trip, we went twice. Enough said.

2. On the south end of Forest Park (mentioned in the episode) is the much more developed Washington Park, which is home to several things worth seeing. On top of my wife’s list was the International Rose Test Garden. Roses are her favorite flower. Even though we missed the peak rose season, she was very impressed. The Japanese Gardens is outstanding. We didn’t have time to visit the zoo (one of my favorite things to do), but it looks to be top notch. Washington Park is about a mile west of downtown Portland and we will spend more time there on our next visit.

3. On Saturdays, there are several craft fairs all within walking distance in downtown. IIRC, the whole thing is called “Saturday in the Park.”

3. IMHO, Portland’s best day trip is the Columbia River Gorge, immediately east of the City along Interstate 84. First stop should be Crown Point/Vista House State Park. The views from here are outstanding. Heading east are dozens of waterfalls, ranging in size up to the renowned Multnomah Falls (640′ tall in two beautiful drops). Some of the waterfalls are drive-to, some require a short easy stroll, and some require a real hike. If you’re a waterfall fan like me (I live 90 miles from Yosemite Valley), this is the main reason to go. However, you can also visit Bonneville Dam, see wind surfers, etc.

4. If you continue on to Hood River to spend the night, you can complete a 2-day loop around Mount Hood via Hwys 35 and 26. It’s a beautiful drive. You can do it one day, but I recommend at least two.

5. If you want more waterfalls, head south to Salem, Oregon’s capital, then east a bit to Silver Falls State Park. This is another place I want to see again.

6. Mount St Helens is an easy day trip….assuming your rental car doesn’t break as you get ready to leave. Then it becomes a LONG day trip.

7. The Pacific coast west of Portlant has lots to see and do. The City of Astoria is worth a stop. The prettiest section has got to be Cannon Beach, which has several seastacks (massive rock islands just off the shore). The best view of Cannon Beach is from the headlands in Ecola State Park. This is where the locals and tourists gather to watch the sunset and see the fog roll in. If you’re into cheese, the head south an hour or so to Tillamook and its chees museum.

8. Back to Portland. On our last trip, we took a dinner cruise on the Willamette River. The food was good, the price was OK, and the trip was interesting. However, we don’t need to do it again.

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