Hidden Treasures in Portland

Hidden Treasures in PortlandDitch the tourist traps for some destinations that are even more “Portland” than the main attractions. These lesser-known spots are local favorites that should be experienced by everyone.

Powell's Books
Find your new favorite book at a Portland original, Powell's Books. This chain of bookstores is spread throughout the Rose City's metropolitan areas, and claims to be the world's largest independent new and used bookstore. Don't miss special deals like the Dr. Seuss Sale or A Short Story Sale.

Phone: (503) 228-4651
Web: www.powells.com

Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden
See a little piece of literature that's been brought to life and immortalized at the Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden. The sculptures here were created in the likeness of Cleary's most beloved characters, Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and the Huggins' dog Ribsy. The statues are complete with fountains that create a fun environment to play, and also feature plaques with the titles of Cleary's Portland-based stories.

Web: www.multcolib.org

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade
Play all of your favorite arcade games at the Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade. You'll find all-time greats like Donkey Kong, Tron, Street Fighter, Pac-Man, Frogger, Mario Bros., Millipede, Dig Dug, Doctor Mario, Mortal Kombat, Centipede and many more.

Web: groundkontrol.com

Oaks Pioneer Church & Park
Head to Oaks Pioneer Church and Park for some peace and meditation in nature. The church was originally built in 1851 as St. John's Episcopal Church but was later moved to its present location at the edge of Sellwood Park in 1961. The church and historic landmark is a popular destination for weddings, and offers plenty of surrounding trails for exploring the park.

Address: 455 S.E. Spokane Street, Portland, OR 97202 - MAP
Web: www.portlandonline.com

Portlandia Statue
Take the time to stop by and see one of the city's most significant pieces of public art, Portlandia. Located at the Michael Graves' Portland Building entrance, the statue is a reincarnation of the city seal, designed as a woman holding a trident and welcoming visitors to the building. The statue is the second largest copper repousse in the nation, surpassed only by the Statue of Liberty.

Web: traveloregon.com

St. Johns Bridge
If you've seen the Portland skyline, then you've seen the St. Johns Bridge, and sure, you may have even driven over it. But forget the wheels; get your walking shoes and cross the bridge by foot, as many locals have suggested. A good workout and a beautiful view from an historic bridge will prove to be a highlight of your time spent in Portland.

Web: en.wikipedia.org