Why did we go to Portland? I see Portland as an example of what a city like Adelaide could be, and wanted to see it in person. That and the beer, bikes, bridges, books (Powell’s) and Portlandia.
Our smartest move was starting with a bike tour to get the lay of the city, and then hiring the bikes for ourselves to explore deeper and hit up some the food carts and then some brewpubs like Rogue and Brewport. The lack of traffic was a shock, and felt the scale and feel of the city centre was perfect.