Little Things #22: Portland’s waterfront adventures

Portland bikes and waterfrontSo my days living near downtown Portland may be limited (why?). As a result, I have been trying to mark off every little thing on my checklist of downtown landmarks, places to visit, and things to do. I want to be a tourist in my own city. You know how it goes. You live in a city, and you don’t really do any of the tourist things. You avoid them, really (or maybe it’s just me). But it finally occurred to me that so many people do these tourist-y things when they visit because they might be fun things to do, and they might have a history. So why not?

I have been living in downtown Portland for about 7 years, and so this is a very bittersweet time for me as I truly love it. One of the places I visit often is the downtown waterfront, mostly to do my runs along the water. I really miss my runs, and can’t wait to start back up since my knee is healing (!). Hopefully I can get in a few nice jogs before I move on. Not that I can’t just visit downtown any time. I mean, it’s not like I am moving out of the city or anything. But still. It  won’t be the same.

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5 thoughts on “Little Things #22: Portland’s waterfront adventures

  1. SHINEY83 says:

    I feel like I really need to explore Portland,,,if I were to spend a day walking around aimlessly, looking for hidden treasures and sights, where do you recommend I go/check out? I’d really like to make an insane 1-day photojournal…

    • melimel says:

      I adore this city! Are you in or near Portland? What’s so great about Portland is that every neighborhood has its own vibe and feel, and we have one of the best transportation systems in the states. So it’s always fun to hop on a bus, or the max, and explore all of the different neighborhoods and what they have to offer! One of my favorite neighborhoods is St. Johns, it’s very quirky and full of life. Also, the green bridge into the neighborhood is iconic. But there are many, many neighborhoods and fun things to check out and do! Also, another fun fact, Portland has the most microbreweries per capita IN THE WORLD. So you can never run out of delicious beers to try, and places to explore.

      • SHINEY83 says:

        Vancouver (close enough) – I was living in Portland for a couple of months…but that’s a long story…haha. To be honest, I’ve never ridden the public trans system here in Portland (though I’m not afraid of it in Boston/NYC/Philly…odd…)
        Which neighborhoods would you recommend? How do I check out the bridges?!

    • melimel says:

      You’re in the Portland area. Portland has one of the best public transportation systems in the U.S. – it’s pretty great! If you are concerned with using the bus, do a Portland tour by max! It’s a lot easier to use because there is only one track. As for what neighborhoods to check out, it depends on what you are interested in! There’s so much to explore, and each neighborhood is so, so different. What kinds of things are you looking for in your adventure?

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