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If you wish it could be Halloween year-round or at least longer than one night, this awesome spot has you covered. The Spirit of Halloweentown in Oregon transports you to a magical world where you can celebrate All Hallows Eve every weekend for a month. Now you can get your fill of all the fall vibes you've been craving.

Autumn means all things pumpkin spiced, colorful leaves, and of course, the spookiest holiday around.

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The Northwest can be a paradise, deserving of every #PNWwonderland hashtag that's ever been typed into a smartphone, but there are some winter days that make us take one look at the weather outside and want to sleep until spring. 

It can be daunting to try to make the most of the small hours of daylight we see this time of year, but the best way to beat the winter blues is to embrace the season and venture outside to explore! Portland is just a short drive from some of the greatest natural beauty in the United States, and in the time it takes to listen to a podcast, you can be in an entirely new environment, embarking on a winter adventure!

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Winter in the PNW can make you want to stay inside and snuggle up with a marathon of corny Christmas movies. While your girlfriend probably enjoys that as much as you do, it's also important to get out and explore the weird city you live in and find new adventures to enjoy together—beyond just watching Elf for the 5th time this season.

Everyone loves a good surprise, and Portland has a few up its sleeve.  You can enjoy an absinthe tasting at a prohibition-style bar or learn about paranormal hauntings at PDX's own little shop of horrors

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People think they know everything about Portland from PortlandiaBut Portland is so much more than just everyone's view of it as hipster central. News flash: Not everyone wears plaid and a beanie every single day! 

Sometimes, it can feel like you've seen it all when it comes to a city you've lived in for ages. But there are always things to see and do when it comes to a vibrant city like Portland. There are waterfalls, parks, gardens, and new cafes for you to visit and tell all your friends about.

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Portland is a thriving hipster city full of amazing things to see and do, but sometimes you just need to get away from the usual daily grind and check out what else is around you. Luckily there is no shortage of exciting and picturesque one-of-a-kind places under 3 hours from Portland to go on a spontaneous day trip to. So whenever you are feeling bored just hop in a car, maybe bring a friend or two, and spend the day exploring these 19 spots - you will be glad you did.  

Note: some places require reservations for certain activities, check individual websites for additional information, hours, and prices if applicable. 

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