Portland is a small town—an especially creative, entrepreneurial one—disguised as a major city. Its thriving maker culture shines in the close-knit food cart scene, handmade wares at the busy Saturday Market, and frequent celebrations of area artists.
Portland's International Food Carts
More than 500 carts scattered around town in stationary “pods” draw crowds all day. The Cartopia pod in Southeast is popular with the late-night crowd, but the sprawling Cartlandia pod on SE 82nd Avenue surrounds the brick-and-mortar Blue Room Bar, where you can bring in your food cart grub to pair with your locally brewed beer.
Insider's Tip: Too cold or rainy to eat street-side? Head to Pine Street Market for a taste of the food cart culture without the weather.
Forget American football: Two major-league soccer teams—the Portland Thorns and Portland Timbers—play to enthusiastic crowds in downtown Providence Park. Sing and cheer with the Rose City Riveters and Timbers Army fan groups on game days, or visit one of the city’s many soccer-centric bars—4-4-2, the Horse Brass Pub, the Sports Bra, and Beulahland stand out—to feel the love in the off-season.
Smart Tip: AAA Members receive a 10 percent discount on Thorns and Timbers ticket prices.
Nature is just around the corner. Amble directly from the busy sidewalks of Northwest into Forest Park. The lush escape has more than 80 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. On some Saturdays, you can take a free walking tour to learn about park history or the use of local flora in beer making.