Thursday, November 23, 2017

Columbia Gorge

The Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area has the largest concentration of waterfalls in North America and is only a 40 minute drive from Portland.

Mt. St. Helens

Only an hour and half drive from Portland, America’s most famous and destructive volcano Mt. St. Helen’s erupted back in 1980.

Sunday Parkways

A series of events in summer where the city officially closes several streets in a loop, connecting various neighborhood parks. People can walk, ride, and roll along the streets on the route without interference of auto traffic.


Pedalpalooza is a two and a half week (17 day) long celebration of Portland bike culture that occurs every year.

Defeat of Mt. Hood Freeway

Portland wasn’t always such a livable city.  The defeat of the Mt. Hood Highway in the 1970’s was a watershed moment in the city’s history and helps explain the development and rationale of Portland’s unique city planning, mass transit system, light rail, parks and bikeways.  The Freeway would have gone directly through much of southeast […]

Clarence the Traffic Calming Sasquatch

Portland is world-known for its’ urban planning and one of the most effective ways to counter inner-city traffic patterns is by using traffic calming measures like speed bumps,  roundabouts,  and bike lanes.

City Repair/Village Building Convergence

The hostel participated in the Village Building Convergence in 2007.  City Repair (a non-profit organization) helped organize and erect a community cob bench and bulletin board  on the corner of SE 31st and Hawthorne directly in front of the hostel.  The VBC purpose enhance the livability and quality of life of people in the community […]

America’s Most Livable City

Why is Portland considered one of America’s most livable cities? Portland has a unique combination of progressive urban planning, excellent public transportation and vast public green spaces (the smallest and larges parks in the U.S.).  Portland is also known to have more breweries per capita than any other city.  But don’t take our word for […]

What is Portland Bike Culture?

Bikes are more than just a mode of transportation to many Portlanders, it’s a way of life. And we express ourselves on bicycles differently than other places.

Zoobombing and Voodoo Doughnut

Zoobombing and Voodoo Doughnut are two unique Portland institutions. Learn more here.

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