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Exploring Portland's Quirks

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An August 2001 trip to Portland by Re Carroll

China Towns Gate Photo, Portland, Oregon More Photos
Quote: How could you NOT love a place that has the world's largest book store, the world's smallest park and the world's only 24 hour Church of Elvis? Our two day visit wasn't enough to see and do all that we wanted but we sure had fun trying.

Exploring Portland's Quirks

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Overview

China Town's Gate Photo, Portland, Oregon
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Portland is divided by the Wilamette River with the majority of tourist attractions on the west side. We stayed on the east side and used the MAX lightrail system to get around. We wandered through areas like China Town with its large colourful gate. One of our favourite places was the Saturday Market along the waterfront. It is a fascinating combination of arts and crafts, food and buskers that kept us entertained for hours.We also discovered Portland’s quirky side and some attractions that were definitely off the beaten path. It took about 10 seconds to explore Mill Ends Park, supposedly the smallest in the world. On the opposite end of the scale, Powell’s New & Used Books bi...Read More

Inn at the Convention Center

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Hotel | "Best Western Inn at the Convention Centre"

Inn at the Convention Center Photo, Portland, Oregon
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Located on Portland’s east side, this hotel is just a few blocks from the large Lloyd Centre shopping mall, the Convention Centre and the stadium where sporting events and concerts are held. Main attractions like Historic Old Town and The Saturday Market were just a short walk across the bridge or only 3 MAX stops away. The rates for this hotel were much less than many of the other Portland hotels I checked out. I think this is partly due to the fact that the hotel is older and doesn’t have a lot of amenities. It is located in an area that seems a bit gloomy at night but we didn’t encounter any problems when walking around after dark. One real benefit was the MAX light rail line that was ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 22, 2001

Inn at the Convention Center
420 N E Holladay Street
Portland, Oregon 97232
(503) 233-6331

Mill Ends Park

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Attraction | "Portland's Parks"

Mill Ends Park Photo, Portland, Oregon
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Portland is a city that loves nature and there are green belts and parks throughout. The Governor Tom McCall Waterfront area is a long, narrow stretch that follows the west side of the Wilamette River and ends at the Saturday Market. At the opposite end, the Salmon Street Fountain entertains young and old alike with its changing water patterns. It is extremely popular with cyclists and pedestrians who like to run (or walk if you don't mind getting wet) through the individual jets. It's a good way to cool off on a hot day. Make sure you have your camera ready for a picture of Mill Ends Park. Measuring only two feet, Guinness has recognized it as the world's smallest city park. At one time, it...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2001

Mill Ends Park
Median Strip of SW Naito Parkway & Taylor
Portland, Oregon 97204

24 Hour Church of Elvis Photo, Portland, Oregon
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It seems Vegas isn't the only city that keeps Elvis busy. I read about this place in a ten year old edition of National Geographic Traveler and just had to check it out. It's in a rather seedy area and I wouldn't recommend visiting here at night, alone or on foot, but is was fine during the day. Be warned: You MUST have a warped or unusual sense of humour since this place is like nothing you've probably seen or will see again. There is no rhyme nor reason to it but rather a bizarre mix of toys, memorabilia, etc. from the 60s right up to today. See the cardboard statues of Jennifer Lopez, Kathy Ireland...and Elvis, of course. Listen as the "curator" gives you a rambling, non sensical o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 22, 2001

24 Hour Church of Elvis
720 SW Ankeny St
Portland, Oregon
(503) 226-3671

Portland Saturday Market

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Attraction | "Skidmore Fountain Building and Saturday Market"

Portland Saturday Market Photo, Portland, Oregon
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Located in an old brick building right in the middle of the Saturday Market hubbub, this was like a retro shopping mall with a number of small stores selling records (I mean CDs), Asian cotton and hand painted batik clothes, blown glass perfume jars and other gifts and books. The inside hasn't been modernized much. The floors are squeaky wooden planks and the interior walls are old exposed bricks. As well as stairs, there is an elevator for second floor access. One store sells only clothing, food and other items from Australia and is called, what else? - the Australia Shop. If you're a fan of Marmite, the vegetable paste spread that Aussies are so fond of, you'll find it here. This is ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2001

Portland Saturday Market
108 W Burnside St.
Portland, Oregon 97209
(503) 222-6072