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7 things not to miss in Portland, Ore.

PORTLAND, Ore. — When visiting this eclectic city, respect the locals and they’ll spill the beans about its offbeat pleasures. Here are seven mind-tingling things to do between those farm-to-table meals and strong brews.

 Bike or hike the Banks-Vernonia Rail Trail. The 21-mile paved path — Oregon’s first linear state park — connects rural towns west of Portland. Sights include year-round color, 13 bridges (two spanning 80-foot-high railroad trestles), waterfalls, trees draped with phosphorescent moss, and rufous hummingbirds. Public transit ( with bike racks runs between Portland and Stub Stewart State Park, a repurposed logging camp along the trail. You can rent bikes from Waterfront Bicycles ( and Banks Bicycle Repair & Rental ( Free. 503-324-0606,

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