The largest city in Oregon, Portland has so much to offer travelers of all ages. It is a city of music, cuisine, theatre and museums, as well as being well-known for its breweries. All of these things have put the ‘Rose City’ on the map, and a destination must for a spring vacation. If you plan to visit Beervana this spring, these are the 5 best things to do.
The Portland Rose Festival is the largest and longest running annual event in the entire city, and it just so happens that it takes place in the spring. For over 100 years locals and visitors have been able to enjoy a magical parade, be awed by magnificent fireworks, watch dragon boat races and listen to live music. There’s also a city fair, an auction and a rose show where you will get the chance to stop and smell award-winning roses.
Shop for and sample delicious food straight from local ranchers, farmers, fishermen and producers. Everything is always fresh at the New Seasons Market, which was started by three local families that wanted to bring freshness into the city. They have a number of stores across Portland where you can pick up everything that you need to enjoy a phenomenal picnic in one of Portland’s beautiful parks.
The world’s very first sandboard park is just southwest of the city, right on the coastline amongst the sand dunes. Sand Master Park is an immaculately sculpted 40-acre sand dune park that is 100 percent private and features slopes for all skills, from beginner sandboarder right up to advanced boarders. If sandboarding isn’t your thing, you can also ride in a dune buggy, learn the art of glassblowing or build sculptures in the sand.
This is a given, as the city is known for its amazing selection of local craft beers. Portland also hosts PDX Beer Week each and every spring. This year the festival takes place between June 7th and 17th, which means that you have lots of time to enjoy the city’s finest in micro brewed delicacies. The entire eleven day festival is a celebration of the city’s craft beer culture. You can go to tastings, food pairings and seminars. You can even surprise your taste buds by indulging in beer ice cream!
Spend a day at the ‘Coney Island of the Northwest’ riding on rollercoasters, sliding down giant slides, spinning on an oversized disc or enjoying the views from a ferris wheel. Adrenaline junkies can really get their heart racing on the ‘Scream’n Eagle’, the ‘Tree Top Drop’ and ‘Zero Gravity’. Oaks Park also features a roller skating rink, a mini golf course and carnival games.