3 experiences not to miss... Live Music Scene... The live music scene in Portland truly does offer something for everyone, and is regarded as one of the country's best live music cities. There are also a number of music festivals throughout the year, most popular of which is MusicfestNW, held every August. Among the many options, don't miss Jimmy Mak's (see below hidden gem). But there are many other venues depending on your taste. Check out this site for more info. 1 Powell's City of Books... If you haven't heard of Powell's, well, where have you been?! They claim to be the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world. This is an iconic bookstore, established in 1971, with 5 locations in Portland, and an online store for those without access to the brick and mortar! Head over to Powell's City of Books - 68,000 square feet covering an entire block - and you'll see why this is a place not to miss! 2 Downtown Waterfront Area... The Tom McCall Waterfront Park is a great place to relax and enjoy some downtown outdoor life. It sits on the edge of the Willamette River and is popular with joggers, skaters, cyclists, and walkers alike. As well as the active, the park also hosts a number of festivals, most notable of which is the Rose Festival. In the height of summer the refreshing fountains are usually a hub for those wanting to cool off! 3 My 3 hidden gems... Music Millennium... Jimmy Mak’s... Elk Rock Garden... This place is an iconic Portland record store. In fact it's the oldest record store in this part of the world. Still going strong, and often hosting famous musicians (playing and signing autographs) it's a place (like Powell's) that helps keep Portland so special. Check out their instore performance page and go support this local business! A fantastic venue if you like Jazz and Blues (or even if you don't to be honest!). Rated by Downbeat Magazine as one of the world's top 100 places to hear jazz! It's a small, intimate venue, perfect for this kind of music. Mel Brown plays regularly and is well worth seeing. They also have a Greek restaurant which receives consistently good reviews. If you relish the thought of a tranquil, undiscovered escape, this place is for you! There are a wide range of shrubs, ferns, perennials, trees and more across a number of different areas and gardens. Spend a wonderfully relaxing hour here strolling the grounds, with views of the Willamette. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.