What can you do in Portland in a day? {when broke}

People keep coming to visit lately – which is great – but then brings up the question of what can you do in Portland for a day? Especially when you’re broke. As my job pretty much was a sinking ship that sunk, I’ve been pretty broke lately. The good news is: the ban on affiliate links has been lifted on Pinterest! Yes, this has been verified by at least one source that the ban has indeed been lifted. Which is good news for me as an Influencer on Pinterest with over 4 million followers. (My Pinterest page here.) From the company I used to work with as an Influencer, it has not been verified to me in any words, but upon inquiring about the affiliate link ban being lifted, I was offered a couple of campaigns to get started back up again, which is a good sign! So, we are dredging up the sunken ship that was my job, patching it back up and trying to get it sailing again. Nothing is happening quickly, but it is slowly coming back together again.

But, in the meantime, I’m still living in Brokeville here. So when a wantok* came up to visit last weekend, I was trying to find free things to do in Portland. This is what I came up with:

1. Walk the grounds of the Pittock Mansion – it only costs money if you go inside.

Pittock Mansion, Portland, Oregon
Pittock Mansion, Portland, Oregon

 

2. Go to the Portland International Rose Test Garden – free except for parking.

Roses at the International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon
Roses at the International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon

 

3. Old Town, China Town – We were there on a Sunday, so even the parking was free. We only peered into the Chinese Gardens from outside, but if you have money to spend, it’s worth going inside and taking a walk around, too.

Guarding the entrance to China Town in Portland, Oregon
Guarding the entrance to China Town in Portland, Oregon

 

4. Powell’s Bookstore – Biggest bookstore in the world. Since I’m too cheap to buy books (I just get them at the library), we just went in briefly, enjoyed the air conditioning, hit up the restrooms then left. A kind lady, seeing my huge camera hung around my neck, informed us as we were heading downstairs that if we were visitors to Portland, they also ship free to anywhere in the world. Good to know. In case I’m too lazy to head downtown in the cold days of winter and want books shipped to me for my book loving family members for Christmas or something. Just sayin’.

Powell's Bookstore - they claim to be the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world.
Powell’s Bookstore – they claim to be the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world.

 

5. Walk around Portland, taking in the old architecture. There were record breaking temperatures for an early June day of 100 degrees the day we were walking around, so kudos to us for surviving a walk around Portland in the soaring heat!

Old clock tower in Portland, Oregon
Old clock tower in Portland, Oregon

 

6. Go to Portland’s Central Library downtown. Also a good idea to get out of the weather, in this case, the heat, not the rain.

Skylight in Multnomah County Central Library, Downtown Portland
Skylight in Multnomah County Central Library, Downtown Portland

* For those of you wondering what a wantok is:

  •   Wantok dictionary definition | wantok defined:
    (Melanesia, Papua New Guinea) A close comrade; a person with whom one has a strong social bond, usually based on shared language.

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