Portland August 07, 2016
Here Are The 8 Weirdest Places You Can Possibly Go In Portland
With the unofficial motto of the city being “keep Portland weird” it is no surprise that there are plenty of weird things to see and do around town. If you want to delve off the beaten path of classic sightseeing, here are 8 weird highlights around Portland that you can certainly explore to get a feel for the strange things that Portland has to offer.
1. Stark's Vacuum Cleaner Museum
This 300-vacuum collection features a vacuum dating back to the 1800s, when wood vacuums were chic, as well as many other novelty vacuums from the past century. For clean freaks, this is a must-see.
2. Naked Bike Ride
This annual Portland summer event is meant to raise awareness of the vulnerability of cyclists and decrease the dependence on pollution-based transport. Taking place at night, the ride brings thousands of riders out, as well as a crowd of onlookers as well.
3. The Peculiarum
This strange store and snack bar dedicated to the peculiar is a weird sight to say the least. A fixture in northwest Portland since 1967, the collection of oddities here puts it high on the must-see for strange things in Portland.
4. Shanghai Tunnels
These interconnecting tunnels under downtown Portland near the waterfront are an interesting adventure to explore, to say the least. Thought to be used at the turn of the century to unlawfully smuggle people into slave labor aboard ships, this tour gives a glimpse into Portland's dark past.
5. Voodoo Donuts
No trip to Portland is complete without a visit to the Portland institution of Voodoo Donuts. With slogans such as "The Magic is in the Hole" and "Good Things Come in Pink Boxes," it is no wonder that the eccentric donut shop and its crazy combination donuts are a highlight of all the weird that Portland has to offer.
6. Enchanted Forest
Despite being closer to Salem than Portland, this hand-built family amusement park deserves a nod for both its uniqueness and strangeness. Storybook characters come to life in this creepy, yet fascinating vintage amusement park.
7. World's Smallest Park
Yes, this is a real thing, and it is in the middle of the street. Mill Ends Park, sitting right in the middle of traffic-heavy Naito Parkway, has officially been the world's smallest park since 1971 when the Guinness Book of World Records declared it so.
8. Flight of the Swift
Portlanders gather each fall to watch thousands of Vaux Swift birds roost in Chapman School's chimney. This annual event draws hundreds of spectators daily before sunset till well after to watch the birds perform their aerial dance.
What do you think are the weirdest places in Portland?