Get out of town
One of the most endearing things about Portland is its accessibility to places that are not Portland. The city is only a few short hours to the wild and beautiful Oregon coast and the small towns that dot it, like Cannon Beach, Astoria, and Seaside. So too is it a brief jaunt east, out to cute little Hood River with its exceptional breweries and windsurfing, or the vaulting Cascade Mountain Range -- there’s not a lot of skiing on Hood during the summer, but plenty of hiking and camping. And while urban wineries are a lot of fun, the Willamette Valley, just southwest of city proper, presents hundreds of beautiful wineries on sloping hillsides -- it’s a must for Pinot noir fans in particular.
Get your nerd on
It’s 2019, and no better time to fly your nerd flag high. Whether its video games, trivia, board games, comic books, or Dungeons & Dragons, Portland has venues that serve all tastes. Geeks Who Drink is a series of trivia nights all across town, generally at bars; Guardian Games lets you bring in your RPG group or miniatures to play, or borrow from its collection board games, and even has a bar with beer and cider; Game Knight Lounge has hundreds of board games to play while you dine and drink; Ground Kontrol and Quarterworld are barcades; Outrage is the city’s first Esports bar, and Orcs Orcs Orcs is a semi-weekly pop-up dinner series that comes with a side of D&D hosted by a team of professional dungeon masters, just to name just a few things in town that cater to the nerdy.
Go on a group bike ride
Free to $
As stated above, Portland is a city all about its bikes, and that’s especially true in summer, when Portlanders show off that biking is more than commuting. There’s the famous (or infamous, if you’re trying to drive that day) World Naked Bike Ride, when 9,000 Portlanders go as bare as they dare and bike en masse through the streets. Not looking to strip down for a ride? There’s also Bridge Pedal, when the city shuts down bridges for cyclists to go over (knocking off a bullet point from this list), and the month-long Pedapalooza, with dozens of themed bike rides from zombie rides to bar crawls, educational bike tours to doggy bike rides. Or you can just get together with some friends and go for a leisurely ride through the friendly city streets and bike paths.