Portland is a city teeming with creativity—it’s renowned as an epicenter of challenged norms and new precedents. We’d wager a guess that could be partially due to its stellar proximity to nature and outdoor adventure. French novelist Honoré de Balzac queried, “What is art, but nature concentrated?” We’re not about to challenge him on that one, especially when it comes to Portland.
Here, nature is so well intertwined with the bustling city that we practically claim Forest Park as the back doorstep. So while there are fantastic pie-in-the-sky objectives to tack up to bulletin boards and place at the top of bucket lists (lookin’ at you, Pearly Gates), there’s a wealth of microadventures about and just outside of the city that perfectly punctuate a long workweek or a staycation. And if there’s any city in which the microadventure is bound to become the norm, it’s Portland. Residents of the Rose City appreciate the notion that it doesn’t have to be fantastic to be meaningful; it doesn’t have to be record-breaking to be remarkable.
What’s extraordinary, though, is that these adventures run the gamut when it comes to type: we’ve got everything from mountain biking to canoeing represented and nearly everything in between. So break the routine and get after it after hours.
Still not totally sold? Let Jill bring it home in How to Microadventure Like a Badass.
Skip the next happy hour or after-work grocery shop and opt into these 10 local-to-PDX microadventures: