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Portland, Oregon

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As one of the most exciting cities in the Pacific Northwest, Portland, Oregon has vibrant art, multicultural communities, and natural beauty. In short, Portland's thriving metropolis is a dynamic atmosphere that welcomes every traveler with open arms. From mouthwatering cuisine at cultural Black-owned restaurants to green and mountainous landscapes, the city of Portland has it all. Best time to travel: June to August (peak season), December to February (off-season), March to May and September to November (shoulder season)  Time zone: Pacific Time Zone (PST) Currency: USD ($) Noteworthy: Portland Black Film Festival (February), Soul'd Out Music Festival (April), Juneteenth Oregon (June), Portland International Beerfest (June) Best for: Outdoor Adventure Seekers, Sustainable Nature Advocates, Craft Beer & Coffee Lovers, Farm-To-Table Foodies, Vintage Novelty Shoppers Get Away: Getting To and Around Portland, Oregon By Air  Travelers can book a flight to Portland, Oregon through...

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  • Portland Black Film Festival (February)
  • Soul'd Out Music Festival (April)
  • Juneteenth Oregon (June)
  • Portland International Beerfest (June)
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Deadstock Coffee &amp; Gallery

Since March 2017, the Deadstock Coffee & Gallery has been roasting and blending its own coffee blends with an artisanal menu. The cafe and art gallery combo is perfect for a much-needed caffeine boost and a peek into Portland’s sneaker culture.  

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Assembly Brewing Co.

Founded in March 2019, the Assembly Brewing Co. is Oregon's first Black-owned and Black-run brewery located in the Foster-Powell neighborhood. This 15-barrel brewpub offers a diverse range of house-made brews that perfectly complement their mouthwatering Detroit-style pizza. 

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Nacheaux

The Mexican-Southern Mobile Kitchen Nacheaux creates fusion delights met with rave reviews from locals and travelers across Portland. Co-founded by talented husband and wife duo, Anthony and Stephanie Brown, Nacheaux's name combines 'nacho' with the French-Creole 'eaux,' representing their fusion cuisine.

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Ice Queen

This Indigenous Mexican woman-owned shop serves up an array of vegan paletas, soft-serve, and other tantalizing recipes. Travelers can indulge in homemade cultural frozen dessert goodness at the Ice Queen in Southeast Portland.

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Norah

The beautiful Pan-Asian fusion of flavors with a modern vegan twist at Norah should not be missed. The restaurant was named after a traditional dance symbolizing community vitality in Southern Thailand. Co-owners Nan Chaison and Prae Nobnorb infuse their cultural heritage into every bite.

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Raven’s Manor

Step into Raven’s Manor for hauntingly charming cocktails and morbidly creative dishes that merge macabre with culinary excellence. Every dish is a deliciously dark ode to the Gothic, from the green-hued Exorcist to the Grilled Cheese of Darkness.

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HunnyMilk

HunnyMilk serves up comfort food with an imaginative twist like blueberry-stuffed sourdough pancake doughnuts. This brunch-forward spot also has whimsical savory items like "Everything" Beignet Benedicts and popcorn chicken & waffles.

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Stay: Places to Stay In Portland, Oregon
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AIA-Award Winning Urban Garden Oasis

This tranquil Urban Garden Oasis is full of abundant light, gorgeous garden views, and upscale amenities. The spacious, single-story layout is wheelchair-accessible with floor-to-ceiling glass, cathedral ceilings, and exposed woodwork. 

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Eco-Friendly House Near Award-Winning Restaurants

This entire spacious eco-friendly house has a private entrance and high-speed cable internet. Guests are close to food and nightlife hotspots on Division Street and the Hawthorne district in Portland.

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Portland Eco House

The Portland Eco House is where eco-friendliness meets vegan-friendly charm in the Alberta Arts District. With proximity to popular Alberta Street and easy access to downtown, guests experience Portland's unique local eats, shops, parks, and more. 

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The Jupiter Hotel

The Jupiter Hotel is actually two distinctly Portland hotels with inventive yet comforting atmospheres. Both original and NEXT accommodations inspire guests to explore the area and relax after a day in the city. 

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The Nines Hotel

The rooftop vistas, contemporary art-filled rooms, and acclaimed dining make The Nines Hotel a prime downtown location. Its historic charm, contemporary luxury, and eco-friendly credentials make it an excellent stay for the eco-conscious traveler.

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Hotel Lucia

The Hotel Lucia has a rich history in downtown Portland and houses an expansive art collection and modern amenities. It's the perfect choice for a culturally inspired stay for business and pleasure in the heart of the city.

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Portland Walking Food Tour With Secret Food Tours

This is the walking food tour made for the quintessential foodie travelers exploring Downtown Portland. Visitors are led through the Pearl District, known for popular local beer, special pretzels, and charming cafes. 

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Full-Day Guided Oregon Coast Tour from Portland

Escape on this captivating Oregon Coast tour without the hassle of driving and all the views in Portland. This tour highlights the Pacific Northwest coast's breathtaking beauty as travelers explore Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park, and more. 

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Portland Japanese Garden

The Portland Japanese Garden recently celebrated 60 years of inspiration, peace, harmony, and tranquility. The serene beauty of the Cultural Village features new garden spaces, classrooms, and the delicious Umami Cafe. 

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Willamette Valley Wine Tour with Lunch

The Willamette Valley Wine Tour includes a gourmet vineyard lunch with a naturally beautiful backdrop. Guests receive door-to-door transport service to up to five wineries in Oregon's wine country.

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Downtown Portland Coffee and Donut Tour

This Downtown Portland coffee and donut tour showcases the city's fame as the coffee and donut capital of the world. There are craft coffee hotspots and pastries from exclusive local shops.

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Fragrance Design Workshop

Take home a unique souvenir at this fragrance design workshop with over 30 raw ingredients, blending techniques, and expert guidance. Guests will learn to craft their own signature scent and take home a custom roll-on fragrance bottle. 

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Multnomah Zen Waterfall Scenic Hike

The Multnomah Zen Waterfall Scenic Hike is an unforgettable half-day adventure through the awe-inspiring wonders of the Columbia Gorge. Knowledgeable guides share fascinating tales of geology, mythology, and the rich history of the region.

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Glass Blowing Lessons

Led by a seasoned professional with over a decade of expertise, these glass blowing lessons are an immersive experience. Guests receive thorough instruction in basic safety skills and craft 2-3 pieces of glass art during the hands-on beginner's lesson.

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Kenya, an East African country, offers a wealth of  natural attractions , cultural experiences, and unique tourism opportunities. Many of Kenya’s top tourist activities and  premier accommodations  immerse travelers in the land’s stunning beauty. The capital, Nairobi, provides a vibrant metropolitan hub for exploration. For those planning a trip to the breathtaking country, July is the ideal time to visit. Here are eight reasons to consider traveling to  Kenya  in July. Average Temperature This Time of Year 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit Weather July is technically during Kenya’s dry season, meaning the country experiences less rain. The lack of heavy rains is a benefit to travelers, especially those looking to enjoy Kenya’s natural beauty. The temperatures are mild in July, offering sunny weather without the intense heat of Africa’s hottest months. Photo credit: Damian Patkowski/Unsplash  Travel Tip:  Since the weather in Kenya is pleasant in July, travelers can enjoy the great outdoors...

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