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A staycation : period of time in which an individual or family stays and relaxes at home, or vacations in their own country, possibly taking day trips to area attractions.
I love to travel and explore new places. However, with gas prices pushing $4/gallon, many of us are swapping road trips and plane tickets to explore our own areas instead. Actually, I think the whole staycation trend is a happy problem. There are so many things to see and do in the great Northwest that often get overlooked when you live here. This is the perfect time to take advantage of our beautiful “backyard.”
So, if you are having a tough time squeezing extended travel or elaborate plans into your budget, consider planning a staycation in Portland! Here are a handful of ideas to get you started.
If you are in Portland, Oregon…
… with time to browse:
- Pittock Mansion
- Portland Art Museum: includes free times & family-friendly activities
- Powell’s City of Books
- Saturday Market
- Window shopping in the Pearl, on Hawthorne, or 23rd
… with an appetite:
- Food Carts: So many carts, so little time.
- Little Big Burger: NW 10th, close to Powell’s
- Nicholas Restaurant: Lebanese, the best hummus & pita bread
- Portland Farmer’s Market
- Check Yelp or UrbanSpoon for restaurant reviews
… with kids to entertain:
- CHAP Art Factory: messy art fun for a good cause
- Jamison Square: free water fun at NW 11th & Johnson
- OMSI: $2 on the 1st Sunday of the month
- Playdate PDX: reasonable admission for the 3 & under crowd
- Portland Parks & Rec: swimming pools!
- The Children’s Museum: reserve free 3-day passes at the library
… with wheels to cruise:
- Marine Drive Trail: 12+ miles of paved trail along the Columbia River
- Powell Butte Nature Park: mountain biking & hiking trails
- The Springwater Corridor: paved multi-use trail
- Eastbank Esplanade: cross the river to Waterfront Park or wind your way back to The Springwater Corridor
… with a desire to explore:
- 4T Trail: Portland’s Train, Trail, Tram, and Trolley Experience
- Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
- Forest Park: 5,000 acres with jogging, hiking, and biking trails
- Japanese Gardens
- Mt. Tabor Park: free
- The Oregon Zoo: $4 on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 2 & under free
- Washington Park: lots to do, most are free
… with summertime around the corner:
- Bridge Pedal: Sunday, August 14th
- Cathedral Park Jazz Festival: July 15-17, free
- Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts: $14+, some free to zoo members
- Portland Rose Festival: May 27 – June 19
- Symphony Concerts in the Park: free, 5 dates in July & August, pack a picnic dinner
This is obviously not an exhaustive list, but I hope it gets you excited to explore all the great things Portland has to offer.
What did I miss? Leave a comment with your favorite Portland-area activities! What are your staycation plans this year?
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