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Exploring Portland from Hawaii

Oregon’s main city of Portland is known as the “City of Roses.”  As Portland’s climate is marked by both warm, dry summers and wet, cool-to-chilly winter days it is ideal for growing roses.  The city is also known for its abundant outdoor activities, and beer and coffee enthusiasm. Portland is home to a collection of independent microbreweries, microdistilleries and food trucks that contribute to the unofficial but  slogan “Keep Portland Weird.” There are many things to do around this bustling city.  Top sites include Powell’s Bookstore, Voodoo Doughnuts, and Oregon’s Museum of Science and Industry.

From humble storefront beginnings in 1971, Powell’s has grown into a Portland landmark and one of the world’s great bookstores.  Powell’s City of Books contains more than 1.5 million books in 3,500 different sections and covers and entire city block. Get a cup of java at the in-store coffee shop, grab a map to the nine color-coded rooms, and lose yourself in the largest used and new bookstore on Earth.

For those doughnut aficionados out there, Voodoo Doughnuts is a must try. Located in Old Town’s popular nightlife district, Voodoo Doughnut is one of Portland’s most unusual and delicious culinary destinations. The doughnuts, topped  with creative ingredients such as bacon, Captain Crunch and Oreos, are almost as fun to look at as they are to eat. Open 24 hours a day locals and visitors line up for what may be the most innovative doughnuts in the world. Be prepared for  adorable mustached faces (mirroring the many bearded young men you’ll encounter biking around Portland) to look up at you from your food.

One of the nation’s leading science museums, Oregon’s Museum of Science and Industry is 219,000 square feet of brain-powered fun. There are five enormous halls which bring science to life with hundreds of interactive exhibits and displays. You can experience an earthquake, take part in live lab demonstrations, see a movie in the OMNIMAX Dome Theater, explore the universe in a world-class planetarium and even tour a real submarine.

A number of airlines serve the Portland area and some carriers like Hawaiian Airlines, Delta Airlines and Alaska Airlines have direct flights from Honolulu. Check out our Panda ® Online website for flights to and hotels in the Portland area or you call us at (808) 734-1961 for information and assistance.





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