Portland is a vibrant city in the state of Oregon, in the Northwestern United States. It sits at the point where two rivers, the Williamette and the Columbia River meet. Portland is a quirky town known for the arts, music and good food, so there are many inexpensive and fun things to do.
The Hoyt Arboretum is the perfect place for nature lovers. The park is free, and it is open to visitors every day except for major holidays. Guided tours are available for groups of 15 or more. The price for a guided tour of 15 people is $60, so if you split the cost with a group of friends you will learn everything there is to know about this beautiful park for as little as $4 per person.
One of the largest independent booksellers in the world. There is free wifi and plenty of space to spend hours and hours browsing through books. They host events including readings and book clubs. Or you can decide to spend hours browsing through their many books.
There aren't many classic arcades left in the world, but Ground Kontrol is one of the best in the bunch. For only a few dollars in quarters, you can indulge your inner video game fanatic playing classic games like Pac-man and Asteroids. Upstairs, you will find a great collection of challenging pinball games. Those who remember the glory days of arcades will no doubt feel like they are in heaven when visiting Ground Kontrol.
Voodoo Donuts is an independent donut store with three locations in Portland. They are known for their specialty and odd shaped donuts. One of the most popular is the Voodoo Doll donut, made of chocolate and shaped like a voodoo doll. And don't neglect to try their cereal inspired donuts like The Loop, a vanilla donut dipped with Froot Loops cereal or the Captain My Captain donut, which is topped with Cap'N Crunch cereal. Donuts cost 95 cents and up.
As the summer approaches, theater groups perform popular Shakespeare plays in the park. These shows, put on by the Portland Actors Ensemble, have become extremely popular and are always free. You can visit their website for information about upcoming plays.
Widmer Brothers offers free tours of their brewing factory. Tours last 30 to 45 minutes. You must call ahead to schedule an appointment for a tour, as the group sizes are limited. Tours end with a free pint of beer, which you obviously must be 21 or over in order to drink.
During the First World War, the Portland city government set up a rose garden in order to preserve the species of European roses that might have otherwise been destroyed by the war. You can see this year's roses bloom during spring and summer months. The garden is free to visit.
A Portland landmark, the Pittock Mansion was originally built by famed Newspaper publisher, Henry Pittock as a private residence. In 1964 the city of Portland bought the grounds, and it is now a city landmark and historic place worthy of preservation. You can visit the mansion and its grounds for less than $10.
An outdoor farmer's market where over 200 vendors sell produce and baked goods. It is consistently rated as one of the top farmer's markets in the United States. It also hosts events like bread, wine, and cheese festivals.
A park located in downtown Portland along the Willamette River. There is a boat dock, walking and bike paths, and beautiful views of the river. You will also find the Salmon Street Springs here, a popular artistic water fountain.
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