Oregon is not just for hippies, the environmentally conscious or tree huggers, although you will fit right in if you fall under any of those categories. Portland is a very efficient, environment-loving, bike-friendly, gorgeous city. The rain helps maintain the green landscapes. There's also mountains and ocean within a few hours driving distance. If you're into lighthouses and the coastal scene, Oregon is a great place to soak it all in. Even with all the rain, the days are beautiful and many times, you can see the sun popping out of the clouds warming up the city. In addition, what's not to love about no sales tax and a place nicknamed The City of Roses.
This area, and the western US in general, has a strong LDS population. The temple was built in a nicely wooded area that was once going to be used to build a college. The temple design is unique with six spires pointing towards the skies representing the Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthood. The temple also features a special atrium inside the front doors where pictures can be taken on inclement weather days. It was the first temple built in Oregon. The blueprints were also used later on for the design of the Las Vegas, NV temple.
There's plenty of fantasic choices for dining. At Bamboo Sushi, they pride themselves on being a certified and sustainable restaurant. If you've never tasted Mijas, steer your bike towards the Screen Door Restaurant for a quintessential farm-to-table experience. For good down-home cooking and the best biscuits you'll ever taste, visit Pine State Biscuits. If you'd rather just grab a burger and some fantastic fries, Little Big Burger can't be beat. If you'd like something more casual where you can eat inside an old school bus, head for Grilled Cheese Grill.
After you've filled up on all the great cuisines and fresh Portland food, head to the outdoors and visit the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. See what the City of Roses is all about at International Rose Test Garden. Get a good view of the city and Mt. Hood at Portland Aerial Tram. Or, get up close and personal with your favorite animal friends at Oregon Zoo. If you need a break from the rain, spend some time at Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI).