Powell's Books, Portland’s iconic, much-loved bookshop sprawls across nine cavernous rooms, taking up a full city block. Many a local and visiting bibliophile has whiled away an entire rainy afternoon among the stacks.
In 1927, Universal Studios spent $100,000 (big bucks in those days) bankrolling the Bagdad Theater in the Hawthorne District. Mike and Brian McMenamin, two Oregon-bred brothers with a yen for turning historical buildings into hip hotels and pubs, bought the Bagdad in 1991 and redid it in their own artful way.
The McMenamins retained the Middle Eastern architecture of the Bagdad Theater, they added murals of mythical creatures, gleaming ceilings, mosaics, and seat-front tables where patrons can enjoy spicy mac ‘n’ cheese along with pints of Bagdad Ale, a lager on tap in the on-site bar.
As the only large U.S. city to receive the League of American Bicyclists’ top rating, Portland leads the domestic charge to put two-wheel transportation on par with automobile travel and is one of the world's top biking cities.