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Off the Beaten Path: Hidden Tourist Attractions in Portland

March 15th, 2016

You think you really know Portland, right? Maybe not as well as you thought. There is so much more to discover other than the usual touristy spots. What speaks most true to the city are the hidden gems placed in between our neighborhoods. Maybe while exploring the outer city limits you might even discover a hidden landmark you didn’t know was there. Below are just a few that make Portland oh so adorable.

The Wishing Tree
Location: NE Morris St and 7th Ave


Photo courtesy of Jason Houser on Facebook

One old chestnut tree located in Portland has made a huge impact on the community. The Wishing Tree gives people the unique opportunity to write their wishes down and hang them on the tree. One of the best parts is getting to read strangers’ wishes! Not only is it truly fun and even vulnerable to see what others wrote, it brings together people you would have never known. And of course our fingers are crossed that your wish of “winning a million dollars” comes true! Click here for more info.

Street Art
Location: Everywhere


Photo courtesy of Matt Davis on Flickr

Every city seems to have a culture of street art sporadically displayed throughout, and Portland is no different. Take a stroll through downtown and outside neighborhoods searching for your favorites. Whether it’s spray paint on the side of a old building, a traffic stop sign with a social statement, a community mural on the road, or even yarn-bombed statues, it’s true art and ultimately makes this city even more unique. Click here for more info.

Paul Bunyan Statue
Location: 8433 N Interstate Ave


Photo courtesy of Darin Barry on Flickr

Have you ever wanted to see a man over 30 feet tall in real life? We’ve got you covered! In the Kenton neighborhood you can find Paul Bunyan himself. We love to think of him as the original hipster, sporting a plaid shirt and beard, of course. Take a selfie and awe in the fact that you just saw a famous celebrity. Your friends will be so jealous. Click here for more info.

Portland Stairs
Locations: Mt. Tabor, Outskirts of Nob Hill, and more


Photo courtesy of Drave Cochems on Flickr

Why not get a workout and explore Portland’s hidden streets by climbing the stairs of the city?! Go at your own pace to accommodate your personal fitness level. There is so much character and history to the various sets of stairs that you will actually forget you’re getting a workout. Click here for more info.

Movie Madness
Location: 4320 SE Belmont St


Photo courtesy of Movie Madness on Facebook

We found something that will bring you way back! Before there was Redbox, Netflix, and Youtube, we had video rental stores, and one of the most famous ones in Portland has to be Movie Madness. Not only can you find rare and popular movies in various forms, they also have props from numerous films including the bar of soap Brad Pitt held for publicity posters in “Fight Club.” Did we mention there’s no cover charge? Click here for more info.

Article by Adriana Bordea


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