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KEEP PORTLAND WEIRD!
You’ve probably seen that slogan on bumper stickers on cars all over Portland, or scrawled onto bathroom stalls in black Sharpie, or shouted at the top of someone’s lungs in the middle of a live music event. That’s because the city has long been a haven to artists, eccentrics, oddballs, and lovers of the strange and unusual.
Want to check out some of the coolest, quirkiest, and undeniably weird things to see in Portland attractions the state of Oregon has to offer? Consider this an introduction to the city’s weird, wild, and wonderful attractions.
Take Some Selfies at the Freakybuttrue Peculiarium
What good is seeing something wholly unbelievable if you can’t get anyone to believe you later? Fortunately, the good folks at the Freakybuttrue Peculiarium don’t just allow visitors to take selfies with their exhibits; they encourage it! Part museum, part store, and all bizarro, the Peculiarium offers an eclectic line-up of exhibits, art pieces, and photo-ops, including an eye-popping excursion through a giant zombie brain. Seriously, one visit to the Peculiarium is enough to convince any oddity addict to start seeking out apartments in Portland, Oregon.
Seek Subterranean Secrets in The Portland Underground
It wasn’t easy for ship captains to find good help during the 1800s. What’s a salty seadog to do? Well, some of the less well-adjusted ones thought it was a good idea to kidnap Portland locals, smuggle them through a complex series of underground tunnels, then take them out sea where they had no choice but to either earn their keep or walk the plank. Thankfully, modern hiring practices are a bit more humane, but the spiderweb of hidden pathways that constituted the Portland Underground still exist today, with tours available for more adventurous souls.
Get Married at the Voodoo Doughnut Wedding Chapel
Getting in touch with the supernatural forces has never been quite so tasty, or romantic, as it is as Voodoo Doughnut. This stylishly strange bakery of doughy delights specializes in insanely decadent creations, such as the Maple Blazer Blunt (cinnamon sugar and maple-frosted bar that looks suspiciously like, well, a blunt) and the Voodoo Doll (a chocolate frosted doughnut shaped like a person, full of raspberry jelly “blood”). If you have a sweetheart to match your sweet-tooth, you can even get married at the shop, which really does have its very own wedding chapel.
Suck Up Some History at the Vacuum Cleaner Museum
Learning about history doesn’t have to suck, unless you’re visiting Stark’s Vacuum Museum in Portland, in which case, yeah, it kinda does. But in a good way! Reminding us that even the most mundane of household appliances are, in their own way, legitimate works of art, not to mention functional monuments to technological progress, this admittedly hyper-specific museum boasts a collection of more than 100 vacuums from all the way back to the late 1800s, including such quirky artifacts as one made out of cardboard, one that attaches to the ceiling, and several that require hand-pumping. If nothing else, admission is free. That definitely does not suck.