Portland boasts a variety of attractions ranging from the majestic to the downright bizarre. But the common thread tying them all together is a sense of whimsy, making parts of Portland a Westcoast Wonderland suitable for a Lewis Carroll story.
Take some time out from your vacation and treat yourself to these awesome attractions!
The Peculiarium is a self-described “art gallery dedicated to learning and terror”. Its irreverence and enthusiasm for the unusual may make it unsuitable for families with young children, but if your sensibilities are just as kooky and spooky as The Addams Family, this might feel like your second home.
Mill Ends Park
The prize for the tiniest monument sign Portland OR belongs to this park. It was first created in 1946 when a man named Dick Fagan noticed construction crews failed to install a light post in the hole in the median. He took matters into his own hands and planted a tree. In the years after, the “park” would gain notoriety due to stories Fagan wrote about the supposed leprechaun colony that called it home.
This shop offers a selection of gourmet doughnuts that are both eye-catching and delicious. Their most famous offering is The Voodoo Doll, but all their doughnuts are unique with toppings ranging from bubblegum dust to Captain Crunch cereal.
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
This canyon is home to many beautiful sights, such as the Benson Bridge and the Oneonta Gorge. If you’re looking to take breathtaking pictures of waterfalls or just want to connect with nature, be sure to pencil this place into your travel itinerary.
Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden
The bronze statues in Grant Park are based on characters made famous by the eponymous author. If you or your child (or grandchild!) have a love for Ramona Quimby or Henry Huggins, this might be the dose of nostalgia you’re looking for.
If you want a taste of Portland without breaking the bank, these locations will make for great memories—and interesting pictures to share with your friends.