Portland is a walker’s paradise. From the wide sidewalks (and short blocks) of downtown, to the eclectic eastside neighborhoods of Belmont, Hawthorne, Alberta and Mississippi, to the stairways hidden among the West Hills, Portland is a great place to enjoy a good stroll. For a city of its size, I’m constantly amazed at the great planning that makes walking an easy, safe and enjoyable task.
A favorite activity of mine is to head to a new area of the city and walk about. Lucky for me, Metro, the regional government, has put together a wonderful book called, “Walk There!” This guide does a great job of highlighting fun walks, whether you’re into exploring historic homes in Laurelhurst, walking to the top of Mount Tabor or from Portland Heights to the Oregon Zoo. As an added bonus, you may now download a free Walk There! app to your iPhone. Put on some comfortable shoes and start walking — you’ll be surprised how easy Portland makes it.
For those looking to explore trails, this post offers links to help you plan off-sidewalk adventures.