Portland January 06, 2017
10 Surefire Ways To Always Spot A Tourist In Portland
Portland is becoming more and more tourist-filled as the years go by. It is pretty easy to spot them, but in case you need any help, here are 10 clues that someone is a tourist in Portland.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Waiting in line at VooDoo Donuts
The line is infamous, but not on account of locals. Unless you are drunk or visiting our town, there is no reason to wait this long for a donut. If you really want a VooDoo, you would head to the eastside location, or you could just eat at one of the many other donut shops around town. Also, carrying a pink box is a dead giveaway.
2. Carrying an umbrella
While any child's soccer game across the city may contradict this one, umbrellas are largely for tourists. We just don't care, can't remember to carry one, or just put on our hoods when the rain comes.
3. Cameras aimed at something
Posing in front of landmarks, photographing things straight out of a Portlandia episode, and getting yet another picture of the bridges are all classic giveaways of a tourist in the midst.
4. Laughing about Couch Street
We all know it is pronounced Cooch. If you are still laughing about this, you are not a Portlander.
5. Celebrating no tax
Tourists like to shop, sure. But in Portland, they can take it to the next level, as our no sales tax is just the push they need to shop till they drop. Loaded up from a shopping trip: probably a tourist.
6. Amazed at crosswalk effectiveness
For the most part, drivers in Portland stop for pedestrians. If someone is super amazed and waves thankfully and repeatedly because you stopped for them to cross the street, they are probably not from here. Likewise, if a tourist is driving, chances are they will blow through the cross walk without giving it a second thought.
7. Get out to pump gas
Natives know that you don't have to exit your car to get gas. Stay put and gas will come to you. If you even make a move for the pump, you will be swiftly stopped and recognized as a tourist.
8. Have a clean-shaven face
Beards are a well-loved piece of the wardrobe in Portland, and not a lot of men leave the house without one. If you are clean-shaven, you are automatically suspected as a tourist.
9. Your pronunciation of Oregon
Locals say OR-uh-gun. Tourists say Or-ee-GONE.
10. Garbage is confusing
Ok, some Portlanders don't even have this down yet, but it has been five years since we started composting food waste in the city and many more years since we started recycling. If you throw food scraps in the landfill, cans in the garbage, or get really stuck at garbage cans like these pictured, chances are you are a tourist.