5 Unique Photo Ops in Portland, Oregon
When I first moved here, some of the iconic photo ops I took were downtown. I’m sure all of us have snapped a photo of the White Stag sign or posed in front of the Keep Portland Weird mural outside of Dante’s with a pink box of Voodoo doughnuts in hand. The longer I am here, the more great places I find that are funky, picturesque and downright fun.
In the age of Instagram, we’re all looking for the the best spots to get a great photo. Here’s a quick guide to the lesser known Instagram-worthy spots in Portland. The best part is all of these places are free to access.
Paul Bunyan (@paulbunyanpdx)
New plaster and paint make this North Portland landmark shine. Built in 1959, Paul Bunyan may just have been the hipster trendsetter with his charming flannel shirt and vintage blue jeans. Make sure you bring a friend to help you capture all of you and Paul in your selfie.
Portland Troll Bridge (#TrollBridge)
Let your childhood fears rest assured that this troll bridge is much less sinister than it may sound. This bridge is located in Northwest Portland along McNamee Road. The trolls are fastened and drawn onto the worn wood of the bridge. Before you go, make sure you pack a troll to pay the toll. Bonus stop: You’ll likely head across the St. Johns Bridge to get there, which is a very popular Insta-worthy landmark.
The Belmont Goats (@thebelmontgoats)
Oregon Zoo goats, eat your heart out. These cloven-hoofed cuties have free open visiting hours every week in Southeast Portland. Your selfie is sure to be the #GOAT.
The Grotto Cave (@thegrottopdx)
Located in Northeast Portland, the Grotto cave was carved into a cliff face in 1923. It is surrounded by green foliage and tall Ponderosa pines. The light peeking through the trees makes this location always selfie ready.
The Wishing Tree (#wishingtreepdx)
Located outside of the UP Design Studio along trendy North Williams Ave., The Wishing Tree has been a place for people to ponder their desires since 2014. Take a pic of a wish that speaks to you!
Deep Thoughts By Andy (@deepthoughtsbyandy)
Looking for a Portland treasure hunt? Find Andy in SE Portland. This cool cat has some deep thoughts to share with you. Follow clues left by other followers who have tagged her in posts!