What is the best way to see Portland in one day?

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Maureen Healy

The absolute best way to see Portland in one day should begin with purchasing an all-day Max pass — it’s a bargain at just $5. Max is Portland’s light rail system, and it has an extensive network of stops in all corners of the city and beyond into the suburbs. The pass also gives you access to the Portland Streetcar (connecting NW Portland to downtown and the waterfront) and buses, so there’s no limit to the places you can go. At www.trimet.org, you can plan your trip using exact addresses, intersections, landmarks or stop ID numbers. Download Trimet’s Transit Tracker App to find out next arrivals in real time. Max also goes straight to and from the airport, so you can rely on mass transit your entire trip if you prefer.
Start your morning off in Old Town at VooDoo Doughnut for a sweet morning treat. The line is worth the wait for amazing doughnuts topped with anything from bacon to Fruit Loops to Tang. Then head to Waterfront Park (at the Skidmore Fountain MAX station) and stroll around the Portland Saturday Market, the nation's largest weekly outdoor craft market. After the market, take a jaunt to Powell’s City of Books, a Portland landmark that covers an entire city block with more than 1.5 million books. Then stop for lunch at Dick’s Kitchen in Southeast Belmont or on Northwest 21st (Nob Hill neighborhood) for quality grass-fed beef burger and a chocolate or vanilla Coconut Bliss vegan milkshake. After the high caloric intake, you’ll probably be in the mood for a hike, and you’re in the right city. Portland is one of America's best walking cities, with dozens of hiking trails varying in difficulty. We recommend Forest Park, the Wildwood Trail and Mount Hood.

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