West Coast Road Trip Stop: Portland, Oregon
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Continuing on with my West Coast road trip, my next stop was Portland. From Bandon, I drove up along Highway 101 to Tillamook and then on to Portland. I planned to stay a few days to visit with friends and enjoy the City of Roses before I headed up to Vancouver my final destination.
My friends in Portland were working and I couldn’t meet up with them until after work so I took a leisurely drive up the coast. I stopped in several places to take photos like Seal Cove in Florence and even in Lincoln City to check out their outlet mall. Sadly I had no shopping luck there. After Lincoln City, I could have driven east to Portland but it would get me there in the heart of rush hour. I decided to kill time by going north to Tillamook. There I sampled some cheese and had ice cream at the Tillamook Cheese Factory. I thought about going to Cannon Beach also since it was the Goonies 30th anniversary but I wouldn’t have gotten to Portland at a decent hour so I nixed that idea since I’ve been a handful of times.
Umpqua Lighthouse State Park in Reedsport
Seal Cove in Florence
At the Pendleton outlet in Lincoln City
Visiting the Tillamook Cheese factory
I love food samples
Oh yeah, baby!! I scream for Tillamook ice cream
Once I got to Portland I stayed with my friend Cullen. During the day I worked at cafes or went hunting for good food. On the weekend I had ice cream with my friends Damon and Kayt and their kids and I also hung out with my friends Theola, Steve, and Becky and went to the Rose Festival. I love it when I randomly visit a place and there are fun events happening. I also had beers with my friend George at his backyard BBQ and visited Cullen at Adidas Headquarters where he works. I may have done some shopping at the employee store (insert big grin here). It’s always fun times in Portland!!
With Damon, Kayt (photo taker) and kids
Love sneakers! Visiting Adidas HQ (sorry for wearing Cons)
Going into Adi HQ
Sneakers on sneakers on sneakers
I don’t actually get to do much when I visit Portland because I just try to catch up with my local friends. I can recommend two things that I did on my own enjoyed thoroughly:
Visit Multnomah Falls – it’s quick 30-minute drive and you can hike to the top if you so wish
Shot on my new GoPro 4 Silver
Take a craft brewery tour with Evergreen Escapes. Portland is known for their craft beer so this is the place to do it and Evergreen Escapes has awesome and knowledgable drivers.
Evergreen Escapes Tour Van
At Base Camp Brewery, one of the many breweries to visit in PDX
I’d like to share food recommendations as well but that’s a whole separate food post! Do you have any recommendations of things to do in Portland? I always visit but end up just hanging out with friends but I’m keen to check out more of the city.
**Disclaimer: Thanks to Evergreen Escapes for hosting me on a brewery tour, as always, opinions are my own**