Portland Bucket List

I am never one to shy away from a bucket list or reading list of any sort or really.. anything numbered.


Food and Drink

180 Donuts. Their Instagram looks fabulous.
180 Xurros
Apizza Scholls – our fave pizza spot so far
Ava Gene’s
Be “that guy” on a distillery tour
Blue Star Donuts. All I can say is “yaaaaaaas Queen” You so fancy.
Brewery Tour (or try drinking through all the Portland Breweries)
Coco Donuts
Delicious Donuts
Do a bar hop
Do a food cart hop
Drink a flight of whiskey at Multnomah Whiskey Bar
Eat at a food cart
Eat Dirty Fries at Lardos
Eat ice cream at Salt and Straw
Eat Pigeon at Le Pigeon
Eat two dozen wings at Whiskey Soda Lounge while waiting for a table at Pok Pok… and drink about half a dozen whiskey sours.
Eat Voodoo Donuts at 2am
Farm Spirit
Hair of the Dog Brewing Co – Beer Advocate’s Top 50 American Breweries
Have a Spanish coffee at Huber’s
Have an after-hours shot of fernet
Heart Coffee (other local favorites: Good Coffee, Barista, Water Ave, Coava)
McMenamins Bagdad Theater (BrewPub Movie Theater)
Multnomah Whiskey Library (only Mondays are open to the public)
Nong’s Khao Man Gai’s Chicken and Rice (regular spot)

Donut World
Old Dirty Bastard at Voodoo Donuts.
Olympia Provisions (Portlandia was filmed here)
Pancakes at slappy cakes
Park Kitchen
PDX Sliders
Pine State Biscuit
Pip’s Original – get the flight of chai tea.
Pok Pok (want to try making their famous wings at home?)
Portland Distillery Row Tour (get the passport!)
Screen Door (brunch: chicken + waffles are good, but the praline bacon – mouthwatering!)
Smith Teamaker Tea Flights
Stumptown Coffee Roasters Flagship Cafe (SE 45th and Division
Tacos at Por Que no
Tasty n Alder or Tasty n Sons
Toro Bravo
try worlds largest pancake
Visit Detention Liquor



Get caught in a downpour on your way home.

Float the river

Try worlds hottest fritter.

Swim in the Willamette

Swim across the Willamette

Hike to the top of Multnomah Falls

Hike to the bridge at the falls

Go skiing in the summer

Watch the sunset from the Bluffs

Get lost in the corn maze on Sauvie Island

Pick berries at sauvie island

Wake up hoarse from all the yelling and screaming at a concert.

Understand, conceptually, how to make beer

Complain about gentrification

See the Vaux’s Swifts fly into Chapman School

Go to a strip club

See the West Coast’s oldest drag queen

Have your “art” featured in a coffee shop

See a local comedy show

Judge the people in line at Voodoo Doughnut

Get a tattoo.

Watch porn with a crowdSure, Hump! Film Festival.

Watch the Naked Bike Ride



Read an entire book on the floor of Powell’s

Smell the roses At the International Rose Test Garden.

Poke around the Shanghai Tunnels

Buy pot. Legally.

Highland Stillhouse

Visit the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Visit the largest park in city limits: Forest Park

Visit the ZooLights

Visit Sunshine lights thing

Visit the street of decorations

Watch the sunrise from Mount Tabor

Visit Pittock Mansion

Visit the Japanese Garden

 Chinese Garden

 Rhododendron Garden

Starks Vacuum Museum

Go to a brewpub Movie Theater

See the smallest park in the world

Take a picture under the keep Portland weird sign

Visit the Witches castle in Forest Park

See the Jetliner in the woods

Visit the Towering Redwood Grove

Take a photo in the photo booth at Ace Hotel

Get a picture of the Paul Bunyan Statue

Visit the set of the Goonies House

Get Pictures of Castle Rock

Ride the Aerial Tram

High five the Unipiper

The Ace Hotel – take your photo at the photo booth

The Belmont Goats

Visit the Freakybutttrue Peculiarium

Tiki Putt

The Grotto (Christmas lights during the holidays)

International Rose Test Garden, Washington Park (best month: generally June)

Lan Su Chinese Garden

Portland Japanese Garden, Washington Park

Mill Ends Park (World’s Smallest Park)

McMenamins Kennedy School – Wach a movie or stay overnight

Oregon Zoo, Washington Park

Pittock Mansion

The Shanghai Tunnels of Portland



First Thursday Art Walk (or Last Thursday on Alberta Art Walk)

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (on the Vancouver WA side)

The Hat Museum

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

Portland’s Children Museum, Washington Park

Portland Art Museum

Stark’s Vacuum Museum



Cathedral Park (St John’s Bridge)

Council Crest Park

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

Eastbank Esplanade

Elk Rock Garden

Hoyt Arboretum, Washington Park

Ira Keller Forecourt Fountain Park

Mount Tabor Park

Portland Rock Gym – try indoor rock climbing or join one of their outdoor field trips

Rent a bike – the easiest ones to find all over are Biketown.

Rocky Butte Park – Joseph Wood Hill Park at Rocky Butte is the highest point

Skidmore Bluffs (Mocks Crest Park)

Tom McCall Waterfront Park (best during cherry blossom season)



Pick Fruit at Columbia Farms (or Hood River Fruit Loop Day Trip)

Portland Farmers Market at PSU (locals)

Portland Saturday Market (more touristy)

New Seasons Market – Like Whole Foods but on a new level.


Aladdin Theater

Dive-in Movies

Evergreen Curling Club – Take curling lessons

Festival of Balloons in Tigard

McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

The Naked Bike Ride (June)

Oregon Brewers Festival (next one: July 26–30, 2017)

PDX Adult Soap Box Derby (Aug)

Portland Meadows (horse racing)

Providence Park – Watch a Timbers Game

Rose City Rollers

Rose Quarter Moda Center

Top Down: Rooftop Cinema




Clackamas River Trail (13 miles / 25 mins)

Oregon Lavender Farm (21 miles / 34 mins away)

Oneonta Gorge Hike (30 miles / 35 mins away)

Angel’s Rest Hike (26.7 miles / 25 mins away)

Multnomah Falls (30 miles / 35 mins away)

Latourell Falls (30 miles / 35 mins away)

Elowah Falls Hike (36 miles / 36 mins away)

Horsetail Falls and Ponytail Falls (36 miles / 38 mins away)

Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm (36 miles / 45 mins away, next festival: Mar 23-Apr 29, 2018)

Wahclella Falls (39 miles / 40 mins away)

Silver Falls State Park Trail of Ten Falls (56 miles / 1 hr 10 mins away)

Trillium Lake (59.6 mi / 1 hr 19 min away)

Rowena Crest (75 mi / 1 hr 20 min away)

Cannon Beach (80 mi / 1 hr 30 min away)

Kelly’s Brighton Marina, Oregon Coast Crabbing (89 mi / 1 h 51 min away)

Timberline Lodge + Timberline Trail (62 mi / 1 hr 25 min away) – Also, best time to summit Hood: May – Mid-July


Excerpts of the above list were taken from a few different sources and collated into something that works for me. All credit given to the original authors:





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