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4th of July in Portland

by Olivia on June 28, 2012

Portland may have you fooled as a city full of hipsters, but Oregonians love the 4th of July — and fireworks — just as much as any other red-blooded American state. So if you happen to be in Portland in July for Independence Day, here’s where to get your fireworks fix.

Fireworks in Portland

Waterfront Blues Festival Oregon’s biggest fireworks show is on the first day of the Waterfront Blues Festival this year, at Tom McCall Waterfront Park along the Willamette River. The

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Portland Bridge Pedal

by Olivia on June 11, 2012

Portland Bridge PedalPortland is known as the City of Bridges, and it could just as easily be known as the City of Bicycles. The Portland Bridge Pedal is what happens when you put those two things together. Or — as it’s officially known due to sponsorship — the Providence Bridge Pedal!

Once every year, all 10 of Portland’s bridges are covered with cyclists. It’s sort of like Critical Mass, only the Portland Bridge Pedal is sanctioned (and charges an entry fee).

This year
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Portland in May

by Olivia on May 1, 2012

Portland in MaySummer is almost here! May in Portland can be both dismal and drizzly and surprisingly sunny. May is the perfect time to hit the PSU Farmer’s market, take your bike for a spin around Waterfront Park and the Eastbank Esplanade or the Springwater Trail, and make an early visit to the Rose Gardens.

Here’s what you need to know about Portland in May.


With average temperatures from the high 40s to high 60s, and daylight hitting 15 glorious hours by the end

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Portland shines in summer. The city. The people. The music. After months of gloomy weather, the summer months are chock full of outdoor festivals and concerts — from the family-friendly Rose Festival, to indie music at the Oregon Zoo, to beer festivals at Waterfront Park.

If Portland is an indie music lover’s dream, then summer time is prime time to check out local musicians.

Here’s a breakdown of the major festivals and concerts that call Portland summers home:


Portland Rose Festival What Although Portland’s

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Portland in April

by Olivia on March 28, 2012

Portland in AprilSpring, glorious spring! After months of grey and rain, April finally brings us beautiful blooming surroundings — making the two to three more months of grey and rain much more tolerable. With the end of cherry blossom season here (well depending on the year), April is a great time to get back outside and enjoy all the spring colors.

So here’s what you need to know about being in Portland in April, from what the weather is like to events and

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Why You Should Add Portland to Your RTW Trip ItineraryMany travel lovers dream of just taking off on an extended trip around the world. For most, this is just a pipe dream. It’s something that they think is an impossibility unless they are nearing the retirement age. But we’re hear to tell you that it doesn’t have to be a dream. No matter what your situation, there is the possibility of going on your own extended, RTW trip. You just need the proper motivation

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