Whilst our Pacific Northwest road trip had been an unforgettable experience, it had also proven to be unforgettably expensive.
With Seattle currently reigning as the US’ eighth most expensive city, and San Francisco playing host to the country’s third largest population of billionaires, this road trip had landed firmly outside of the ‘shoestring’ category.
Consequently, and by the time we reached Portland, we had become ardent Martin Lewis types; fuelled only by a passion for voucher codes and one-time-only deals.
Thankfully, having done some research, and having formed a vague outline of Portland, we were optimistic that it would be here that our credit cards would receive some respite. Indeed, if there was anywhere on the Pacific Northwest where we could enjoy wholesome, outdoor activities, surely it would be here – in this liberal, off-kilter city?
Buoyed by this thought, I set about researching free things to do in Portland. Disappointingly, the initial results were (surprisingly) scant. Like its PNW neighbours, Portland – home to Nike executives and Intel professionals – was undeniably expensive. Even the city’s many coffee roastaries and micro-breweries were unimmune to the West Coast price tag.
Over the course of our two days in Portland, we therefore set ourselves a challenge: to find as many free things to do in Portland as possible. Thankfully, it was not a difficult task.
From woodland hikes, to browsing the world’s largest second hand book store, we not only found plenty of free things to do in Portland, but were positively spoilt for choice.
Our only challenge? Deciding what we wanted to do first.