What if I travel to…Portland, OR ($ – $$$)

screenshot9520170625-222144.jpgPortland may very well be the hipster capital of the US. It is full of a wild and weird mix of people. We have the biggest World Naked Bike Ride, (image on the left is me, riding means being open to some unflattering camera shots and media), great food, and try to be eco-friendly. Not a pro-Trump city.

Travelers from all over come to us for rich, green wilderness, and the plethora of terrain. The beach, mountains, and desert can be driven though all in the same day with enough time left over to find a good book at Powell’s City of Books and ride a bike to the Rose Garden.



The Columbia River Gorge was listed as one of National Geographics’s top 6 hiking destinations in the world, and despite recent forest fires, it will remain an amazing place. Best hikes within an hour of downtown:

  • Munra Point – my favorite, a short distance/difficult scramble offering a panoramic view from the top at round 1500 ft, fatalities have occurred, 3 hours round trip
  • Angel’s Rest – popular running spot, easy, tourist/locals, clear day can see downtown Portland from top
  • Multnomah Falls – PNW #1 tourist stop, incredible free fall waterfall, easy access, short hike
  • Siouxon Creek Falls – less traveled hike 2 hours north, follow a series of waterfalls and swimming holes to a massive waterfall you can swim up to, 8 miles round trip, dogs welcome, free parking & camping


The local community has several solid climbing populations and local gyms. Both sides of the Gorge have great climbing and several hours north and south lie even better locals (check out Leavenworth & Smith Rock)

  • Be sure to use mountain project for a quick guide to local crags
  • Rocky Butte is quick and dirty TR destination located in Portland, be aware of condoms/needles/homeless camps
  • Ozone is located across the river outside of Washougal, some great clean climbs here for all styles of climbing
  • The Source is my personal favorite gym located in Vancouver, WA. As a founding member myself I have some bias but the staff are fantastic and down to earth people who will chat with and help you any time
  • Portland Rock Gym, The Circuit (no ropes, 3 locations), & Planet Granite are all in Portland metro area


I could write a whole blog on this alone but those exist so let’s hit the quick top 5

  • Sizzle Pie/Quality Bar – great pizza by the slice for cheap, meat/gluten free/vegan/veg all available, great happy hour, open until 4 am, Pearl/NE
  • Ruby Jewel – best ice cream around, great staff, Pearl/Mississippi/Hawthorne
  • Por que No – #1 bean bowls ever. period. Try Bryan’s Bowl for no regrets, Mississippi/Hawthorne
  • Ground Kontrol – a local gamers’ favorite bar, with old arcade games around 50 cents a play
  • Thirsty Sasquatch – live music, great whiskey specials and beer/cider/kombucha, very friendly staff, no food but you can bring anything in you want, Downtown Vancouver
  • McMenamins – dozens of locations from Bothell to Roseburg, with the highest concentration in Portland Metro, great food, okay beer, fun atmosphere w/ live bands & pool, go to every location and get a stamp for free hotel nights, concerts, unlimited happy hour, and other free gear!


  • Pop over to the Deschutes River for white water rafting
  • Mississippi and Alberta districts offer great nightlife with lots of locations within walking distance
  • Visit Wunderland nickel arcades for a cheap retro game night
  • Book a segway  tour of Portland on Groupon
  • Visit Oregon Zoo to see lots of animals in a family friendly setting
  • Go to OMSI After Dark to drink beer and play with tons of hands on science experiments and exhibits
  • Drive two hours north to climb Mount St.Helens and see the land post-1980s eruption as it slowly comes back to life
  • Stay at the Society Hotel downtown if visiting for just one night, otherwise look at Airbnb for cheap accommodations

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