The Big To-Do Portland: 100 Things To Do Before You Die
1. Take a jog on the river at Waterfront Park.
2. Sample art downtown at Portland Museum.
3. Tour the Portland area's nearly 20 bridges by bicycle.
4. Take a hike in the middle of the city at Forest Park.
5. Sip a famous bourbon ginger at Victory Bar.
6. Go roller-skating at Oaks Park.
7. Tour Portland on two wheels.
8. Get a coffee buzz at Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
9. Let the puppy loose at one of Portland's 32 off-leash dog parks.
10. Try the world-famous fish sauce wings at Pok Pok.
11. Watch the sun set over downtown at Mt. Tabor Park.
12. Eat pizza, drink beer and catch a flick at one of McMenamins' theater pubs.
13. Nerd out at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).
14. Nerd out with beer, wine and food at OMSI After Dark.
15. Grab some mystically good doughnuts at Voodoo Doughnuts.
16. Sample local fare at The Farm Café.
17. Enjoy a mind-blowing brunch at Tasty n Sons.
18. Stand where Lewis and Clark once camped at Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site.
19. Eat the best biscuits, gravy and fried chicken around at Pine State Biscuits.
20. Sip wine with the friendly, knowledgeable ladies at Hip Chicks DO Wine.
21. Check out the stunning statue Portlandia.
22. See Ross Island from a kayak.
23. Explore Sauvie Island by foot.
24. Crawl through Portland's worst (i.e. best) dive bars.
25. Eat innovative food from the back of a food cart.
26. Unleash your inner hipster in the Hawthorne Neighborhood.
27. Enjoy fish guilt free at the uber-sustainable Bamboo Sushi.
28. Check out live music in a swanky log cabin at the Doug Fir Lounge.
29. Sip sour beer at Cascade Brewing Barrel House.
30. Learn the history of the Oregon Territory ant Oregon History Museum.
31. Take the family to the Oregon Zoo.
32. Canoe through downtown Portland.
33. Get some ink done at Infinity Tattoo.
34. Grab a haircut and a free beer at Bishops Barbershop.
35. Do some high-end shopping in the Pearl District.
36. Find peace and solitude at Portland Japanese Garden.
37. Share a few laughs at Helium Comedy Club.
38. Get Shanghaied by the Portland Underground.
39. Take a stroll down Distillery Row.
40. Grab a slab of meat-and-cheese heaven at Bunk Sandwiches.
41. Attend a beer festival or event.
42. Take an urban hike up to Council Crest.
43. Bring the kids to the Portland Children's Museum.
44. Have a Black Butte Porter at Deschutes Brewery.
45. Run the Maple Trail Loop.
46. Ride the bus from downtown to Mt Hood's historic Timberline Lodge.
47. Make some new friends over dinner at the big tables of Clyde Common.
48. Grab breakfast at Kettleman Bagels.
49. Get your culture fix at Portland Opera.
50. Ride the Sandy River on an inner tube from Barton Park to Carver Park.
51. Check out the tall trees at Hoyt Arboretum.
52. Lose yourself in the labyrinthine confines of Powell's City of Books.
53. Learn what lefse is at the Viking Soul Food.
54. Satisfy your sweet tooth at The Sugar Cube.
55. Tour Portland's epic lineup of vintage shops.
56. Find some creatively stimulating toys for your kid at Grasshopper.
57. Try some authentic Mexican/Salvadoran grub at the Ma Tona's.
58. Pedal the waterfront on the Eastbank Esplandade bike trail.
59. Drink in detention at Mcmennamins Kennedy School.
60. Try a whiskey flight at Branch.
61. Tiptoe to Keller Auditorium for Oregon Ballet Theatre.
62. Take in a live show at one of Portland Center for the Performing Arts' four venues.
63. Check out some improv from Comedy Sportz.
64. Jog past the mansions of the West Hills.
65. Mountain bike the Leif Erikson Trail.
66. Have a floating party on the Portland Spirit.
67. Watch the sunrise on Rocky Butte.
68. Make your own art at DIY Lounge.
69. Check out some music in a former vaudeville lounge at Aladdin Theater.
70. Go people watching at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
71. Satisfy your taco craving at Por Que No?
72. Tour the 100-year-old Pittock Mansion.
73. Mingle with the healthy folks buying delicious organic food at New Seasons.
74. Slam fried chicken and a waffle at the Southern-fried Screen Door.
75. Experience the jabanero-infused margarita at Nuestra Cocina.
76. Mingle with the roughneck fisherman and cliff-hopping teenagers at High Rocks.
77. Wait an hour for a pie at Apizza Scholls.
78. Share a Lebanese mezze platter at Nicolas Restaurant.
79. Find a hot new dress at Mink.
80. Peruse a vast array of new and used outdoors gear at Next Adventure.
81. Find out why people say Portland is weird at Saturday Market.
82. Transport yourself to the Ming Dynasty at the Lan Su Chinese Garden.
83. See why Portland is called the Rose City at The International Rose Test Garden.
84. Treat your feet at Johnny Sole.
85. Check out the world's smallest dedicated park, the 24-inch Mill Ends Park.
86. Go birding at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.
87. Catch a ride downtown on a bike taxi.
88. Pedal through a bike tour of Portland's 40 microbreweries.
89. Let someone else be the designated driver as you tour "Beervana" on the Portland Brew Bus.
90. Get married at the 24-Hour Church of Elvis.
91. Drink an IPA and watch the rain come down at Bridgeport Brewery.
92. Wander downtown and look at public art.
93. Cram yourself into a concert at the historic Wonder Ballroom.
94. Let the kids go feral at the World Forestry Center.
95. Take the family to Finnegan's Toys, but don't expect to leave empty-handed.
96. Sip fair trade tea on a rainy morning at The Tea Zone.
97. Go fishing at Cathedral Park.
98. Tour Portland's per-capita leading plethora of strip clubs – for the cheap food, of course.
99. Visit the Catholic sanctuary The Grotto, then if need be follow it up with a tall glass of red at Pour Wine Bar & Bistro.
100. Savor a "snitzelwich" and other Portland-Czech fusions at Tabor.
By Joe Hansen