ITINERARY #1
THE FIRST TIMER

In which we remind you of all those tried-and-true tourist destinations to show your guests, while suggesting some new classics that might just upstage them


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Washington Park Rose Test Gardens 

 But we also suggest

Peninsula Park or Elk Rock Garden

The more than 5,000 rose plantings at Peninsula Park—Portland’s first rose garden—ought to sate your flower fix, and the Mount Hood vista from Elk Rock’s estate patio is actually better (we think) than the faraway perspective at the Washington Park garden.
 

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Multnomah Falls

But we also suggest 

Elowah Falls

Thumb your nose at the crowds as you pass Multnomah on your way to the less-frequented (but equally beautiful) Elowah cascade, a 289-foot froth-monster at the end of a gentle mile-and-a-half hike. 
 

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Voodoo Doughnut

But we also suggest

Blue Star Donuts 

Blue Star may subtract the “ugh” from the proper spelling of “doughnut,” but Micah Camden’s first foray into circular doses of sugar also takes the “ugh” out of the out-the-door-down-the-block wait. We’ll overlook the lexical transgression for a lifetime supply of crème brûlée glazes. 1237 SW Washington St. 
 

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 Powell’s

 But we also suggest 

 Special Collections Room at the Central Library

You really shouldn’t skip the greatest bookstore in the Milky Way (Powell’s). Nor should you miss the chance to ogle the stunning, 100-year-old, A. E. Doyle–designed Central Library, where a first edition of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is on display in the John Wilson Special Collections room. 801 SW 10th Ave. 


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Portland City Grill

  But we also suggest 

 Noble Rot

With its impressive 30th-story views, PCG is still the spot to take your parents (and any others for whom the dream of the ’90s is alive and well). But Noble Rot’s fourth-floor east-side view of Portland’s skyline—plus a smart wine list and locally sourced dishes—shows off our 21st-century cool. Get a free tour of the rooftop garden every Tuesday at 5 p.m. 1111 E Burnside St.