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  • Michelle Bucher | April 24, 2015 1:00 AM ET

    Our Weekend Road Trip to Portland

    Our Weekend Road Trip to Portland

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    Portland is a short 4-hour drive for us, so we often road trip here for some relaxation and exploration. Last weekend we headed down to Portland for a short weekend jaunt. We only had a few days to explore, but figured we would take our time with this journey and really enjoy it.

    Here’s an overview of what we got up to on our road trip:


    We left for Portland after my friend got off work on Friday. By the time we got to Portland it was around 9 p.m. This was plenty of time for us to check into our hotel, change, and head out for some appies and drinks in the downtown core. We spent most of Friday night sampling several local craft beers, and enjoying the nightlife.


    Saturday was our big day to explore the city. We had a fun list of things we wanted to see in the city. We started off at Powell’s Books in downtown Portland. My fellow road tripper is a huge bookworm, so she was in heaven in this bookstore.

    After several hours in Powell’s Books, we made our way over to Voodoo Doughnuts. This is a doughnut shop that makes quirky looks doughnuts, and is often referred to as a “tourist trap.” We were surprised to come across a massive lineup outside Voodoo Doughnuts, but I guess it’s a popular place. We stood in line for a good 40 minutes before making our way into the store. We ate several of their delicious doughnuts, and then carried on with our day's adventure.

    The next thing we wanted to see was the “Keep Portland Weird” sign. Lucky for us, it was located right across the street from Voodoo Doughnuts, so that worked out well for us.

    We spent some time looking for the quirky 24-hour Church of Elvis, but had no luck finding it. I’m pretty sure we walked right by it as we circled the area several times.

    By this time we were quite beat and ready to call it a day. We went out for some delicious tacos before heading back to our hotel.


    On Sunday we were planning on doing a 2-hour hike around Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge, but the trail we wanted to hike was closed due to repairs. So we spent some time around Multnomah Falls and several of the other falls in the area. We were also contemplating a walk along nearby Oneonta Gorge, but we weren’t interested in getting in the water, as it’s still quite cold out.

    On the way home, we chose to stop at Ape Caves near Mt. St. Helens in Washington for an afternoon of exploring. We spent about 2 hours trekking through the lava tubes before heading home. This was an amazing but scary experience being underground in lava tubes so close to a dormant volcano that once blew its whole top off.

    Weekend road trips are a great way to get out and explore without having to take vacation time. We often do weekend road trips in between our longer road trips. This helps keep the travel bug at ease for a bit.

    What’s your favorite thing to do in Portland? Leave your comment below.

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Michelle Bucher Road Rules From the Road Trip Blogger

Michelle Bucher Michelle Bucher is an avid road tripper, travel writer and social media marketer from Vancouver, British Columbia. Michelle has spent the past six years on various road trip adventures around North America. She's road tripped through 48 states, 10 provinces and several other countries. Michelle runs a fun travel blog,, showcasing stories from her random road trip adventures.
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