I went to Portland, Oregon and Seattle back in June of this year (2013) before my trip to Europe. I was very excited to visit Portland because I have heard a lot of interesting things about this city. Also, who wouldn't know about their tax-free shopping? I was so thrilled that I got a few things I thought I wouldn't be able to purchase. But I did! And the long drive was all worth it!
Overall, it was a short but sweet trip with friends. Spending the most out of it while I can before I leave to Europe.