Who needs to jet set to a tropical island when Portland has plenty of excitement, like tram rides with a bird’s-eye view, berry patches and sandy beach trips within a stone’s throw of home? Read on to discover eight close-to-home adventures that’ll make your summer unforgettable.

6. Try a Local Ice Cream Shop

The best ice cream in Portland is at Salt & Straw. Foodies and traditionalists both can find something to like, from Strawberry Honey Balsamic Vinegar with Cracked Black Pepper to Chocolate with Gooey Brownie. Three awesome locations mean you don’t have to scream too loudly to find one. The word is out, though, so make sure you add in a little time for the long line you may encounter. Seating is limited, too, but the flavor combos are worth the wait. Looking for more sweet spots? We’ve got you covered with some additional crave-worthy lick locations.

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What’s on your summer bucket list? Let us know in the Comments below!

— Marianne Walters

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