Whether it's your 30 day grace period, or you have some vacation time, there are lots of ways to experience the United States during your au pair year in America. This series will give you a head start of things to do and things to see in some of the most popular cities in the U.S. Add Denver, Charleston, Austin, and more cities to your to-do list.
Known for the food, beautiful landscapes, and eccentricity, Portland, Oregon should be high on your travel bucket list. Embrace the funky vibes and grab your raincoat because Portland has plenty to show you during your visit. Discover why Portland is a city unlike any other and start planning your trip ASAP.
When to visit:
To miss the rainiest season and thrive in the outdoors, head to Portland during the summer months. The best time to visit is from June to August with average temperatures in the 80s. It’s the perfect weather to go for a breathtaking hike, bike around the city, and enjoy the countless food trucks in the hip neighborhoods. Plus, the infamous roses will be in full bloom just for you. Make sure you plan accordingly, because many other tourists will be getting their fill of the Pacific Northwest in the summer time as well.
Things to do / see:
Hike, hike, hike. If you rent a car or don’t mind some time on the bus, then head to Multnomah Falls for an incredible hike. You won’t regret the journey to experience these views filled with plenty of greenery and a refreshing waterfall. If you’d rather stay close by, then hike up to Mount Tabor for a panoramic view of the city. It’s great option to get away for a bit, while also getting to experience Portland.
Eat your way through a food cart pod or two…or four. Because Portland is known for its amazing food, there are too many food trucks to visit. But try your best, you won’t regret it. Famous pods like the Portland Mercado, Alder, Fifth Avenue, and Cartlandia, are just a few of the many pods located in Portland. Sure, there are plenty of museums and historical sites to see, but Portland really love its food, so you should too.
Channel your inner Zen and escape the city life for a bit at the Portland Japanese Garden. This Portland staple provides serene gardens and walkways for you to rest and relax, all with a view of Mount Hood.
What to eat:
Take on one of the best sandwich shops in America - head to Lardo. Meat-lovers, get ready to go crazy.
No need to decide between fried chick or curry because Hat Yai brings you the best of both worlds.
Get your brunch on at Tasty and Sons and indulge in a favorite dish like shakshuka. You don’t want to miss this.
Indulge in your ice cream craving on a hot summer day at Salt & Straw. With unique and creative flavors, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your taste buds.
Portland is home to several airports, but the most common is Portland International Airport (PDX). Take the MAX Light Rail on the red line and make your way to downtown Portland. Adult tickets only cost $2.50 and you’ll make it to your destination in under an hour. Once you’re settled downtown, rent your own bike for the weekend and enjoy America’s most bike-friendly city.