3 Fun Hangout Spots in Portland, OR

Portland has a reputation for being a haven for young millennials, so much so that an entire local culture has been built around it. Many young people have been flocking to Portland for a wide variety of reasons, invigorating the local area. As a result, many bars, lounges, and clubs have been popping up to satisfy the youthful curiosity of the area’s residents. Now, Portland is home to some of the best entertainment venues and hangout spots in the entire country. So if you just bought one of the Portland houses for sale and want to get in on the weekend fun, what locations should you look to? Here are three fun hangout spots that you’ll have a blast spending your time at in Portland. 

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Push X Pull

Many young millennials love the coffee shop aesthetic, and they frequently want to hang out at locations that can provide this. If you’re looking for something like that in Portland, you’ll find plenty of cute little coffee shops that can serve you great drinks and have an amazing atmosphere. However, one of the best locations for this type of experience is Push X Pull. Push X Pull provides the perfect place to have coffee with friends while you relax and enjoy the conversation. Additionally, the coffee shop serves as an amazing backdrop for posts that can go on social media platforms like Snapchat and Instagram. Not to mention the most important part of the hangout spot, the fact that the coffee is absolutely delicious! If you want a cute chic location to catch up with your friends, this is the perfect location. 

Retro Game Bar

Video games have become extremely popular in recent years. In fact, the video game industry is one of the largest entertainment industries out there. What was long thought of as an entertainment medium that could only reach children has now firmly planted itself into the life of many adults. Many people remember going to the arcade as a child, spending lots of coins playing various arcade games. Well, Retro Game Bar combines the nostalgic arcade experience with your typical night out at the bar. Here you can enjoy some of your favorite retro video games with your favorite alcoholic beverage in your hand. Retro Game Bar has some of your favorite arcade and party games, such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario Kart, as well as some of your favorite alcoholic beverages as well. For gamers who also like to dabble in a little bit of adult fun, this is the perfect place to hang out. 

 Psychic Bar

With a name as interesting as the Psychic Bar, you know you’re going to be in a unique experience. Located on Mississippi Ave in North Portland, the Psychic Bar has long been a staple for local entertainment. Not only do they have a wide variety of unique and interesting drinks for you to try, but they also serve up some amazing food. Not to mention the bar pulls off its interesting psychic theme extremely well, providing you with a unique atmosphere to wind down in. In addition, the bar also has a wide patio area, allowing you to enjoy your drinks outside if that’s more your vibe. Finally, the bar is known for its excellent service, quickly getting you your food and drinks, which isn’t always common with popular hangout spots. If you want a location that checks all the necessary boxes of a good hangout spot, this is the spot for you.

One Week Itinerary in Southern California and Disneyland

Southern California is one of the most exciting travel destinations for visitors from all over the world. It’s home to Disneyland, one of the world’s most iconic theme parks, and there are also so many other incredible things to see and do while you are there. In this article, we’ll cover an ideal week-long itinerary that will take you through the most exciting parts of Southern California.
Getting There
There are many different travel options for getting to Southern California. If you are coming from overseas, your best bet is to fly into Los Angeles International Airport, which has international flights on hundreds of airlines. Although it isn’t the most convenient in terms of location or security wait times, you are most likely to get a direct flight coming into this airport. If you are flying domestically (or are willing to switch airlines once you get into the US) you can opt to fly into Burbank, Ontario, Long Beach, or Orange County. These are all smaller airports that are within driving distance of the Los Angeles area.
Where to Stay
When choosing a place to stay in Southern California, you have a wealth of options available to you. There are hotels in every area that you might be interested in visiting, and you can use deal sites like Hotel Tonight, Expedia, or Hotwire to find the most affordable options. Another great option is to rent a home through sites like Airbnb or Homeaway. This is often more cost-effective and allows you to really feel like a local. If you are following this itinerary, you will probably want to switch lodging every few days as you move up and down the coast, so you can be closer to the attractions you want to visit. The Los Angeles and Orange County areas are very spread out, and if you stay in once place the entire trip, you will likely end up spending most of your time in traffic.
Getting Around
If you can, the best option is to rent a car while you are in Southern California. This will give you much more freedom and mobility to explore the area. However, this isn’t always an option, so there are plenty of other ways to get around as well. Ride share apps like Lyft and Uber can help you get where you need to go much more affordably than a cab. In fact, for certain attractions, taking a ride share is by far the most convenient way to get there, because you can avoid parking and still get there very quickly. While you are in Los Angeles proper, you can also opt to take the LA Metro system. You can purchase a TAP card at the beginning of your stay to use on all the public transit in the area. There are both trains and buses to many of the major attractions you might be interested in. However, the Metro system doesn’t go everywhere, so it’s best not to rely on it alone when traveling in Southern California. The weather is very pleasant in this area, so you won’t have to worry about it affecting your travels.
Day 1 & 2: Hollywood and Beverly Hills
Before heading down to Disneyland, you should take time to explore everything the city of Los Angeles has to offer. Start by heading to Hollywood, one of the most unique tourist destinations in the world. There’s so much going on, it’s difficult to choose what to do, but you have plenty of options. You should make sure to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and then go up to the Griffith Observatory for the most incredible view of Los Angeles and the surrounding area. 

If you like to hike, there are many hikes you can do in the hills, Runyon Canyon being the most notable. You can also opt to make a stop at Universal Studios for a day and experience Harry Potter World and the other fun attractions they have there.

West Hollywood and Beverly Hills are incredibly glamorous and feature high-end shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. Melrose Avenue and Rodeo Drive are two of the world’s most exciting places to shop. There’s also a range of coffee shops, restaurants, and bars where you can go star seeking – there’s a good chance you’ll see a celebrity while you are in the area. If you want to enjoy some culture, it’s a short drive to the Getty Museum or the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, two of the most iconic museums in America.

If you really want to take advantage of the glamor of this area, look for an Airbnb in the hills with a view of the city. There are bars and restaurants around every corner, so you won’t be hard pressed to find good food and drinks. However, here are some of the most popular options to get you started:

       Alfred Coffee and Tea: If you’ve seen the ‘But first, coffee’ neon signs on Instagram, this is where to find them.
       Mama Shelter: This hotel has one of the most fun and exciting rooftop bars in the area. It’s right in the thick of Hollywood, so it’s close to everywhere you might want to visit.
       Honor Bar: Located in the middle of Beverly Hills, this is a reliable option for a nice dinner out. There’s something on the menu for everyone, from sushi to sandwiches.
       Good Times at Davey Wayne’s: There’s no shortage of themed bars in Hollywood, but this 70s speakeasy is not to be missed. Just be sure to get there early to avoid a line.
       Connie & Ted’s: This seafood spot feels relaxed, but is known for having some of the best fish in Los Angeles.
Day 3: Downtown LA
While downtown Los Angeles used to be a place to avoid, it has undergone a dramatic revitalization in the past decade, and now it’s a vibrant cultural center with plenty to explore. Start by checking out the Broad Museum – it’s free, all you have to do is reserve tickets in advance online, or you can wait in the standby line.

From there, head to Grand Central Market, which features local food vendors of many different types of cuisines. After you’ve had lunch, pop over to the Last Bookstore, which sells not only new and used books, but also local art, music, and more.

Close out the day with dinner and drinks – there are endless options to choose from. For food, check out Maccharoni Republic for Italian, Beelman’s for vegan pub food, or Redbird for upscale American classics. Afterwards, there are countless places to get a cocktail. Try The Wolves, Library Bar, or Seven Grand if you want something low key, or head to The Edison or Clifton’s if you prefer to dance.

If you’re entranced by city views, you might also want to check out 71Above, located on top of the US Bank tower, or the Ace Hotel Bar, which features funky decor and a skyline view. If you are more of a beer drinker, the nearby Arts District has plenty of lively breweries, and is also home to EightyTwo, a modern arcade bar, and Two Bit Circus, a virtual reality park and event space.
Day 4 & 5: Disneyland

After exploring Los Angeles proper, it’s time to head down to Orange County and visit Disneyland. Disneyland is one of the most iconic theme parks in the world and there’s plenty to do there. To get there from Los Angeles, it’s roughly a 45-minute drive down, depending on traffic. Make sure to avoid going at rush hour, when the traffic times could double. If you are traveling without a car, you can get to Disneyland by taking the Amtrak or Metrolink trains to Anaheim. From there, it’s just a short bus ride over to the park.

You can opt to stay in one of Disney’s hotels, which provide a full luxury experience, or there are some more affordable options located just outside of the park. Each of the Disney hotels on site caters to different guests and their interests. For example, the Disney Grand Californian is rustic and elegant, while the Disneyland Hotel has a more modern design and a huge outdoor pool and water park area. The Paradise Pier Hotel has a seaside theme and is great for families traveling with children (although all the hotels are kid-friendly). When it comes to food and drinks, there’s plenty of options located throughout the entire park. The Downtown Disney district in particular has a selection of restaurants that are very accessible.
There’s so much to offer within the park that it’s best to take at least two days to explore everything. Fantasyland is a great place to start, with several fun attractions that can be done one after the other. New Orleans Square is home to both the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean, which are two of the most iconic rides and are not to be missed. New Orleans Square is also home to some of the most exciting dining in the park. Of course, you can’t miss the thrill rides that are the Matterhorn, Splash Mountain, and the Jungle Cruise. Be sure to leave plenty of time for taking photos as well – you’ll look back fondly on your photo at the Sleeping Beauty Castle for years to come. Finish off each day by watching the nightly fireworks show.
Day 6 & 7: Orange County Beach Towns
Orange County and Los Angeles are home to some of the world’s most creative and interesting beach towns. Take the last two days of your trip to relax and really enjoy the natural beauty that this area has to offer. Laguna, Newport, and Huntington beaches are all charming towns with plenty to do and see. All three have pristine shorelines as well as excellent surfing. Laguna Beach is home to a high concentration of art galleries, so you can get a dose of culture while taking in the beautiful scenery.
Newport and Huntington also have beautiful hiking trails where you can take in the views of the ocean. All of these beach towns are home to great food and drinks as well, so you really can’t go wrong with two days here. Try booking a beach home on Airbnb or HomeAway for a really idyllic experience.

International Travel To Southern California
If you are traveling from abroad to visit southern California, there are some precautions you will need to take ahead of time to make sure you get into the United States with no trouble. In particular, you will need to check ESTA status. ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization. You will need to complete your ESTA application at least 72 hours ahead of traveling to the United States. You will need a valid passport in addition to completing your ESTA application. Once you have completed your ESTA application, you will be able to travel to and from the United States within the regulations of the program for two years, and you can continue to update this permit for future travel.
ESTA is part of the Visa Waiver Program. Citizens from countries that are part of this program do not need to apply for a visa before coming to the United States if it is for a period of less than 90 days. However, not all countries are part of ESTA. Look on the Department of Homeland Security’s website for a list of eligible ESTA countries. If your country is not on the list, you will need to apply for a visa before entering the United States.

There’s so much to do in Southern California and Disneyland, and you won’t regret taking a trip to this incredible location. Whether you’re traveling with family, friends, or by yourself, you are sure to have a blast exploring this unique travel destination. Planning your itinerary ahead of time will help you make the most of everything the area has to offer.

Best Thing to Do In Dubai

For any number of reasons, Dubai should rank right at the top of any must-visit destinations list. This scintillating city draws people like a huge magnet, with millions of tourists arriving every year to enjoy its incredible sights and activities. The city of Dubai combines the charm and glamour of the modern metropolis with the mystique and mystery of the ancient red sands of the Arabian Desert. If that weren’t enough of a contrast to get people’s interests going up, Dubai’s penchant of going bigger and higher and more spectacular has produced such marvels that leave visitors thunderstruck. So if you’re vising Dubai anytime soon, don’t miss out on the following top things to see and do.

1. Dubai Desert Safari
For several hours, you can forget all about your modern life and your modern identity and become a Bedouin of old in Dubai’s desert. Experience the majesty of the Emirate the way traditional Bedouins have been for years, via a wonderful safari into the desert. You’ll be taken to the desert in a 4X4, and enjoy vibrant desert sports such as dune bashing, sand boarding, camel riding and quad biking. Sign up for a sunset safari and experience the magnificent desert sunset, a lovely camel ride on the darkening sands and a five star  buffet with in-tent entertainment from tanura dancers and belly dancers.

2.  Green Planet Indoor Rainforest
An indoor rainforest in a desert? Why not? Dubai’s recent addition, the Green Planet Indoor Rainforest, stuns you with its audacious execution. Explore the rainforest and its exotic world of rainforest flora and fauna, getting a first-hand knowledge of the natural world. It’s an educational and slightly stunning experience for both kids and adults.

3.  Boat Sightseeing Tour
Whether you opt for a dhow cruise, or a yacht cruise or a speed boat cruise, be sure to sign up for a wonderful cruise on Dubai’s waters. Get up close to landmarks such as the Burj Al Arab, Atlantis The Palm, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Bluewaters Island and Dubai Marina.

4.  Ski Dubai
A ski resort in a desert? We can feel your incredulity. Yes, Ski Dubai is Dubai’s incredibly cold and snowy ski indoor ski resort located in the Emirates Mall. Ski Dubai also has the world’s first indoor black diamond run for professionals and experts. A café is located right on top of a ski run, from where you can sit and observe skiers trying to better themselves. The adjoining Snow Park has sled routes and toboggan runs, an ice cave and climbing towers for kids to enjoy, as well as live penguins that stride up and down the snowy floor of Ski Dubai.

5.     Hop On Hop Off Big Bus Dubai Sightseeing Tour
Most of Dubai’s attractions branch off from its main highway, the Sheikh Zayed Road. Hop on the hop on hop off Big Bus Dubai tour and explore the city. Visit the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Fountain, the Dubai Creek and Bur Dubai and many other landmarks. Enjoy the whole city while sitting in total comfort on the fully air-conditioned bus with open-top seating for a 360 degree view of the city. There’s a bus every 15 minutes so if you have a pass, you can hop off at any point, explore, and then hop on the next bus on the route.

6.    Burj Khalifa – At The Top!
The Burj rises gracefully out of the desert, pointing its elegant spire into the sky at a staggering height of 829 meters, 160 floors up.  Be sure to check out the stupendous views from At the Top, the world’s highest observatory which spans floors 125 to 148. From this unbelievably high perch, you can take in the Dubai Fountain Show, the whole of the city all the way to the distant sands of the desert and the sea.

7.     Dubai Parks and Resorts
Dubai Parks and Resorts is a multi-themed park that features over 100 incredible indoor and outdoor rides. Check out the themed-parks of Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park and Riverland, which is the dining and entertainment boulevard. There are fun, exciting amusement options for the whole family at Dubai Parks and Resorts. There’s a Polynesian-themed hotel within the park, the Lapita Hotel, where visitors can stay.

8.    Dubai Creek
This is something that every visitor should do in Dubai. Ride the metro to Bur Dubai and explore the perfume and spices souks there. At Bur Dubai, don’t miss exploring the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, previously known as the Bastakiya Quarter. From Bur Dubai, take an abra (water taxi) to Deira and check out the pashmina shawls and carpets on sale at the traditional souks. Explore the gold souk and bargain for the items you want to own. Take the time to check out the Shindagha Museum (‘Sheikh Saeed Al Makthoum’s House’), the Dubai Heritage Village, and the Dubai Museum. You can learn how Dubai developed from being a small fishing village from these museums. Exploring Dubai’s past is the topmost thing to do in Dubai.

9.    Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis The Palm
The Lost Chambers Aquarium is located at Atlantis The Palm. The aquarium has 10 glass-tunnelled chambers where you can get up close to sharks, tropical fish, seahorses, stingrays, piranhas, lobsters, manta rays and other forms of sea life. It’s a spellbinding underwater world that’s been constructed around the myth of Atlantis. You can see several shipwrecks and broken down buildings of Atlantis just waiting for you to explore.

10.  Dubai Frame
The recently opened Dubai Frameis located in Zabeel Park, beckoning tourists from all over to stand on its observatory deck at 150 meters above ground for a view of the old Dubai at the back and new Dubai to the front. It’s a marvellous structure. To reach the top, you go up in an elevator from the bottom of either of the two towers which support the top of the frame. In the elevators, you’ll see enticing interactive projections of Dubai as it was and how it developed to be what it is today.  

Dubai is a record-breaker – mostly, the city is intent on breaking its own records, since no one else seems to be keeping up. Today the city is home to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower. Ski Dubai is the largest indoor ski resort in the Middle East, and the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel is the world’s tallest hotel. There are many, many more record-breaking structures in this remarkable city. 

*This is a Guest Post by  Neha Singh, a full-time travel blogger by profession sharing her passion to see the world.

Vietnam: The Best Spot Uninhabited by The Tourists

Vietnam has many things to offer for those who want a relaxing activity and joyful experience. Vietnam is one of the few countries that still has the feeling of wilderness in it. In other words, you can feel Vietnam better by going there than, for example, you can feel France, at least, at this point. Each day more and more countries become globalized by losing its authenticity. Well, Vietnam has only recently become a tourist which means that there are a lot of places where you won’t be bothered by the crowd of tourists from all around the world. 

Read the following article to know the best spots in Vietnam worth of visiting.

Ho Chi Minh City or as it was formerly called Saigon is the biggest city of Southern Vietnam. It has a lot to offer. First of all, consider national cuisine. Native Vietnamese people living in Saigon know all about it. You can order something special literally on every corner. Spring rolls are just amazing. Also, don’t forget to try some soup. Any kind of soup would do. You can really have three or even four kinds of meat in one soup without even noticing it. Try meeting new people because there are many expats from all around the world in Saigon. If you’re having troubles and feel lonely, visit pina-love com. Vietnamese people like synthesis. They like to mix everything with everything. While you’re in Saigon, you should definitely see a national gallery, city Zoo, and botanic garden. Some of the buildings in this great city were made by the great French architect Eiffel because Vietnam was once a part of French Indochina colony.

Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam. It is a historical, cultural, and industrial center of the whole country. First thing you need to see is the Lake of the Restored Sword. It is situated just in the center of the city. In has a beautiful little island just in the middle of it. You can go there by passing through the wonderful bridge. Try doing it in the evening because the lights are amazing at that time. Hanoi is also the best place in Vietnam for shopping. Central market has everything you’ve ever dreamt about. The best souvenirs, clothes, and other product are all available for a really small price. People from all over Vietnam come to Hanoi to visit its central market. Of course, you shouldn’t forget about culture. Consider visiting the National Art Museum. A lot of great historical and cultural artifacts there can leave you speechless. Some of them are thousand years old. Finally, visit the Ho Chi Ming mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh square to get the real feeling of Vietnam.

Hoi An
Hoi An is something entirely different. It is a city of cultural, historical, and national heritage. There are hundreds of buildings in Hoi An qualified by UNESSCO to have cultural significance. The old city of Hoi An does not use electricity and does not allow any automobile transport to trespass its borders. Hoi An is a city existing completely out of time. The best thing to do there is to just walk across its tiny streets, small bridges, over the canals, and, of course, trying the national Vietnamese cuisine. Make yourself a challenge to visit as many art galleries and old family houses as you can. Hoi An is a truly beautiful full of great attractions. It is like a Venice of Asia. You will never be able to forget it once you visit it.

All in all, now you know why Vietnam is so great. Hoi An, Hanoi, and Saigon are great not only because there are few tourists who go there but because these cities have a huge cultural and historical value. Without any doubt, you won’t regret visiting Vietnam.