Excitement builds as you step foot off the train in a new city, surrounded by unfamiliar streets and buildings, with your backpack on and your map in hand. This is why we love to travel.
There are few ways to explore. One is to simply wander, with no agenda or itinerary, and soak up as much newness as possible, allowing spontaneity to steer you down street after street, across bridges, and into hole-in-the-wall eateries.
There is also the guidebook method, where no major landmark or attraction goes undiscovered. Follow the advice from seasoned travelers and your trip will most likely be a success, although you might miss that tiny dive bar with the best $4 burger that the guidebook writers overlooked.
Here, at the HI-Northwest Portland, we’re presenting another option of adventure: The Scavenger Hunt method.
We have compiled a list of 20 must-see attractions and local favorites, sure to keep you busy and entertained during your stay in Portland. Plus, who doesn’t love prizes? Grab some friends, a camera, and your detective skills to complete this Portland Scavenger hunt. Get 15 out of the 20 and you win a Heart In Oregon sticker and your choice of a candy bar! Get all 20 and you win a Heart In Oregon sticker, your choice of a candy bar and a secret prize! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn about the Scavenger Hunt events and secret monthly prizes!
This is also a great way share your discoveries with others. Photograph your findings and upload your pictures to Flickr or Facebook and share them with us.
Here is a little preview of what you can expect. Stop by the front desk for a copy of the full thing!
1. Find Portland’s famous directional pole and tell us how far it is to Lillehammer, Norway
2. Stand on the Pioneer Square echo chamber and sing the first line of your national anthem.
3. Take a photo in front of the 24-Hour Church of Elvis.
4. Sample the Rubinator at a McMenamins Pub.
5. Take a photo with a hipster.