Things To Do in Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon is located in the Pacific Northwest area of the United States. It is considered to be one of the best cities in the USA to live in, mainly due to its great climate, good quality of life, and cultural scene. Portland also has a great deal of wilderness and outdoor activities available within a close distance of the city. Here are some things that you can do to make your Portland vacation the best.

 

Portland Japanese Gardens

Portland Japanese Gardens

 

Parks and Gardens

There are more than 200 parks and gardens in Portland, so it may be hard to choose which to see first. The Portland Japanese Garden is one of the city’s most popular and most beautiful. At more than five acres it contains a Japanese Tea House, bridges, streams and walkways as well as some authentic Japanese trees and plants. Portland also has a traditional Chinese garden. The Lan Su Chinese Garden is built in the Ming style, it also has a tea house, as well as plants and walkways created in the traditional Chinese style.

Portland also offers several wildlife refuges to please the bird watchers in your group.

Food and Drink

Portland is well known as a culinary haven in the USA. There are many top chefs in the region who are ready to delight you with their wizard skills in the kitchen. While it might not seem like haute cuisine, Voodoo Donuts is a very popular donut shop. Arrive early as the lines can be long. There are also several farmer’s markets offering the best of local produce, flowers and prepared foods. Attending the market events is a great way to get a feel for the city and its residents.

You might think that Seattle is the coffee haven of the USA, but Portland can hold its own in the coffee wars. Try a cup and see what you think.

Portland also offers a great nightlife scene, and for those of you who are beer lovers, Portland has microbreweries galore. Comedy clubs and LGBT clubs round out the scene.

Museums

The Portland Art Museum is the oldest in the Pacific Northwest, and offers rotating exhibits all year around. The Oregon Museum of Science is another great place. It’s one of the top science museums in the country and has loads of interactive displays. It’s especially fun for kids, or to while away a rainy afternoon.

Sports

Portland has a long history of sporting events. Some of the events you could while you’re there are the NBA team, the Trailblazers, the Winterhawks hockey team, or the local roller derby team, the Rose City Rollers. Portland also offers soccer matches and horse racing. There is a lot to do in the world of Portland sports.

Whatever you do while you’re in Portland, Oregon, you’re bound to enjoy it. Come and visit this amazing northwest city and see what kind of fun you can have!

 

 

Saint-Martin? Sint Maarten?

Shared between two magnificent countries, French St Martin and Dutch St. Maarten, this divine destination is an island of dreams. Nature’s bounty can be seen at its best here. It is easily one of the most popular Caribbean destinations among Americans and Europeans alike.

St Martin is popular as a cruise destination and the city has also gained a lot of popularity for being a duty free shopping destination. As it offers a lot of shopping opportunities at reasonable prices, visitors who are shopping buffs can let themselves loose on the island.

Saint Martin

Saint Martin by Richie Diesterheft

Visitors coming here also enjoy superb dining and various forms of entertainment. Not only can you try cuisines that are specific to this place, one can also try delightful cuisines that are unique to other places like continental, Italian, Mexican, French, Thai and many more. Nightlife on the island is legendary.

US citizens traveling to the destination need to bring proof of citizenship and a photo ID. As tourists, admission for 14 days is guaranteed. Though a visa is required for longer stays, visitors coming from France may stay up to three months.
Euro is the legal currency in this destination, but US Dollars are accepted at most of the places. In case one needs to use banking services, the banks are open Monday to Friday.

At those hotels that are located on the French side, a 5% occupancy tax is added per person. Tipping is customary, and many hotel restaurants add the gratuity to your bill. It is customary to add a tip between 50 cents and a dollar for taxi drivers, while at the airport porters usually get $1 per bag.

When packing clothes, one should pack comfortable, neat and casual clothes. Swimming attire is a must. Since evenings are bit chilly, one should also pack shawls and jackets.

Make your way to this beautiful, tropical retreat and enjoy the vacation of a lifetime!