We visited the city a lot during our stay in Portland and got the chance to see a few things touristy and a few things recommended to us by our friends that live there. I feel like no matter what you decide to do or eat here you cannot possibly go wrong. We spent some time exploring the Oregon Zoo, got a bite at Voodoo Doughnut, enjoyed some hot coffee at Stumptown, played arcade games at Ground Kontrol in Chinatown, got more coffee, ended up lost in Powell’s Books, then found more coffee. We got to the top of Pittock Mansion for that amazing view everyone talks about and had the most amazing dinner at Urban Farmer (c/o Antoine the badass chef). I would move here for the food alone, but the nature is pretty solid as well. Portland was great to us. Thank you to our friends for inviting us and showing us around, we will definitely be back ❤
P.S. Yes, I had to wear my hipster glasses the entire time because one of my contacts broke and I didn’t bring any backups (like an idiot). Luckily it worked well for the vibe. Never again though…
If I could just drive along the Pacific Coast forever I would be extremely happy. There is a beautiful view around every corner and little areas where you can pull over to enjoy. The scenery along the coast is unparalleled and I definitely plan on coming back on our next road trip. Our final destination for the day was the Tillamook Cheese Factory. They have some of the best grilled cheese and mac n’ cheese and they also sell ice cream and give out free cheese samples! Talk about heaven on Earth! There is also a shop where you can buy a million different types of cheese and a viewing area where you can see the factory workers making it. We headed back to Portland after this for dinner, drinks, and some sleepy time, ready to gear up for the next full day of adventuring.
Not too far down the road from Cannon Beach is Oswald West State Park which is even more beautiful than Cannon Beach if you can believe it. It takes a short hike through the woods to get to the small beach nestled between two mountains (one of which was covered in snow!) Parts of the beach are sand where others are covered in pebbles or driftwood and on one end there is even a waterfall! This beach has everything, even more puppers! I would highly recommend this location for anyone that ever wants to visit the Oregon Coast. There were a lot more trails out there as well time permitting. As usual my words don’t really do this place justice, it was just plain stunning. 10/10 would do again 🙂