I recently returned from a fantastic vacation in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. I traveled with my daughter to visit my friend and enjoy a mother-daughter vacation. We had previously visited Portland in the spring for a few days. This was a longer stay in the heart of downtown Portland.
Rather than using just words to describe our time there, I am sharing photos of the trip.
Portland Photo Walk and Tour
This beautiful photo was taken from my hotel room at night. The city lights up and is spectacular at night.
This is a night shot of the Food Cart Pod in downtown Portland. The street is lined with food trucks and carts serving a vast variety of foods.
This stunning church was just down the street from the hotel. It sits in the center of the city center, amongst the office buildings and restaurants.
Looking for places to eat while in Portland? My daughter and I didn’t complicate our dining experience. We walked to the local Whole Foods for dinner one night. Pizzicato was a huge hit with my daughter and me. We had dinner here twice.
In the mornings, we made sure to visit the coffee shop, Public Domain, on the corner. It was by far the best coffee I have had. My daughter agreed. Her hot chocolate was home made with the cutest designs and decorations.
Bike riding is popular in downtown Portland. These bright orange rental bikes caught my eye. I’m not one to jump on a bike and peddle my way through the city (I’d rather walk) but these looked fun and adventurous.
This is just one of the chandeliers in our hotel. The architecture and design in downtown Portland are stunning.
A walk through downtown will bring you to the riverfront along the Willamette River. It is a beautiful spot to walk along the river, enjoy the many bridges and boats. The river front has a variety of visitors, so don’t be too shocked. Try to enjoy the experience and beauty of the setting.
Three of the eleven bridges spanning the Willamette River. The bridges were constructed between 1908 and 1973. Such an amazing history in bridges. Each is different in style, design, and purpose.
Moving away from downtown Portland, we stayed at the beach for a few days. The beaches in Oregon and Washington are nothing like California. They are flat, smooth, and long. Most amazing to my daughter and I was the ability to drive on the beach.
At home, we visit the Pacific Coast often for kite flying, salt water taffy, and fresh seafood. While in Long Beach, Washington, we shared our love of kite flying with friends. I love this beach as much as my friend. It is easy to access, flat, and gentle waves. In fact, for as much as I love the Pacific Coast (Bodega Bay) where I live, I love Long Beach equally!
The Columbia River is a vital river to the Northwest. Fort Columbia inWashington, was built during World War II to protect the river from invasion.
The Oregon Zoo
The Oregon Zoo is one of the most enjoyable zoos I have visited. The animals appeared well cared for, the displays large, and the crowds small. The zoo is a must-see stop while visiting.
The flamingos were an amazing pink color with orange legs. Once again, nature rules in color coordination and matching!
The enclosed aviary was home to beautiful, exotic birds and foliage.
The lions on Pride Rock. They are majestic creatures. Their paws were enormous and quite intimidating.
After visiting the bald eagles, I understand why they are the national bird. They are spectacular.
Flora and Fauna
It seems that everything in Washington state and Oregon blooms bigger and brighter. Without fail, every town has enormous hanging baskets of flowers on light posts. Flowers are larger and more robust than here in California. The trails and footpaths are lined with amazing greenery, trees, and fauna.
I recommend a trip to Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. Both cities are stunning in natural beauty and offer many different activities. The beaches are spectacular, as are the small towns that dot the coast.
These photos are my own. I took the majority of them with my camera phone. Here are tips from The SITS Girls about using your phone camera to capture beautiful images.