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10 Places in Portland You Won’t Believe Exist


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While Portlandia features a lot of incredible places, the city of Portland has many more mysterious, wonderful and incredible spots. Here are just a few of the must-see destinations for the curious traveler:

1. The World’s Smallest Park

Mill Ends Park is not only the world’s smallest park, but also back in 1948 it was dedicated as the only colony for leprechauns west of Ireland.

2. Stark’s Vacuum Museum

Opened in the ‘70s, this Portland attraction features historical oddities such as the Depression-era cardboard vacuum and a hand-pumped model from the 1800s.
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3. The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium and Museum

An emporium for the weird, creepy, rare, and just plain gross from Bigfoot to an alien autopsy to dried-scorpion topped ice cream this place has it all.

4. The Shanghai Tunnels

Under the city streets lie a series of tunnels that give a clue to Portland’s criminal past. Able-bodied men were kidnapped and sent to work on boats presumably on their way to Shanghai.

5. The Woodstock Mystery Hole

No one knows where it came from but everyone agrees this hole, which is owned and operated by the Universal Church O’ Fun, is very, very deep.

6. The Chocolate Waterfall

The 21-foot chocolate cascade located inside the Candy Basket is crafted from Italian marble and sculpted bronze, and spews an astounding 2700 pounds of chocolate from top to bottom.

7. Rimsky-Korsakoffee House

This eclectic coffee shop is known for its spooky feel, featuring such oddities as a coffin centerpiece and self-rotating tables.
Photos of Rimsky-Korsakoffee House, Portland
This photo of Rimsky-Korsakoffee House is courtesy of TripAdvisor

8. Casa Diablo Vegan Strip Club

It’s a strip club that caters to the ethically minded, so they are basically serving up irony on a plate.

9. The Green Microgym

Get lean while going green. According to their website, The Green Microgym uses “85% less electricity” than most traditional gyms.
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10. Jetliner Home in the Woods

In the woods outside the city center, a man has slowly transformed a 727 jetliner into his dream home. Visitors are welcome, but you have to hike into the forest to find the plane.

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The Best Of The Last

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

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Lane 33: Twins

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Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

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Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

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