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Old 09-28-2010, 08:17 AM
 
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Default Visiting Portland in March?

I'm thinking about visiting and staying in the downtown area of Portland in March for about 4 days. I was there this summer visiting Portland State and liked it and I want to go back and visit again. Most of the stuff I did there during the summer was outdoorsy stuff like visiting wine country, going to Washington Park, etc. What is the city like during the rainy/cloudy season in March? Is it really as dismal as people say? What do people do for fun in Portland during all of the rainy weather?
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Old 09-28-2010, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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So long as there isn't ice or snow there is no reason to stay indoors. Dress in layers beneath a light weight waterproof shell with a hood.

Walk, bike, drive to the coast and go wave watching if it is really blustery. Usually we are still skiing on Mt. Hood at that time of year. Check out the indoor venues such as the art museum, Powell's or OMSI.

Enjoy.
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Old 09-28-2010, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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FYI:
Of the over 60 yo who are long term Portlanders whom I have met, most seem to plan their 'SUN' vacation to Las Vegas in March or early April (off season pricing.) A week of sunshine in Las Vegas, and they seem good to go for another couple of months of Portland's "Spring",..... (ah... ahem, ah, I 'm talking calendar "Spring" of course.)
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Old 09-28-2010, 01:31 PM
 
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Too bad you're not coming in February. You're going to miss the jazz festival and the international film festival.
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Old 09-28-2010, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Spring Break week is a popular time for families to go on either a ski trip or head to a warm clime. Those of us over 60 choose NOT to travel when there is a risk of a plane full of middle schoolers. Those in the know check the calendar of all the schools up & down I-5.
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Old 09-29-2010, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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You might catch a nice day or two in March but be prepared for rain either way. I would say try and catch some of the festivals that are always going on in town. I hit up a lot of the city hikes like Forest Park and Hoyt Arboretum during the rainy months. Always good places to check out. Also check out the Warrior Rock lighthouse hike on Sauvie Island. If you are going to be in downtown make sure you check out Powells.
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Sometimes Portland, other times LA
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March is still cold and rainy in PDX. There is a decent chance for snow as well. So to answer your question, yes it is grey and dismal most days. Most people get out of town to a sunny place because they have cabin fever by the time March comes around. Skiing is still good though
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Old 12-06-2010, 12:49 PM
 
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If I decided to rent a car, how are the parks outside of Portland coming out of the rainy season? Just going through wikitravel real quick, Multnomah Falls looks interesting and close. Would it be worthwhile visiting in March or are most of the state parks a miserable muddy mess at this time?
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Old 12-06-2010, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Just outside of Portland
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My kids told me that Spring Break always sucked in Portland because of the crappy weather.
Seaside is a popular destination for Spring Break, but it always seems to be cold and wet and windy.
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Old 12-06-2010, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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...... What do people do for fun in Portland during all of the rainy weather?
My previous post was, of course, facetious and maybe sarcastic, I withdraw it.

Portland is an urban area. What people do during March is urban life stuff. Portland Symphony, several other classical music events (sorry Opera performances are in February and April,) Several rock / pop music performances, there is a comedy club, Portland is known for its brew pubs and great tasting IPAs all over town, there are lots of club music for you to pick from (Jazz, Indie, sultry dancing, so forth,) a couple of large places that feature West Coast Swing Dancing for all ages (WARNING: Cougar Country, middle aged kind,) I won't go into wine bars in Portland (a touch of the snob and elitist IMO,) yada, yada, yada.

The point is to get out of the house and go somewhere there are people, noise, and / or music. Bright lights also helps.

Oh, and just loads of local bands and DJs playing in clubs all over town. Just loads of'm.

Phil
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