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 (trimet.org/destinations/transittotrails.htm) 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 (www.waterfrontbikes.com) and Banks Bicycle Repair & Rental (www.banksbicycles.com). Free. 503-324-0606,