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Powell's City of Books, Portland

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4.9/5 based on 2,600+ reviews on the web
Powell's City of Books fills an entire city block, where it sells new and used books. The company claims to be the largest independent bookstore in the U.S. It buys over 3,000 books every day to sells in its used and rare book sections. Be sure to stop by the rare book room where autographed copies and rare editions are displayed. Called "the coolest bookstore in the world" by CNN, the store hosts art exhibits and author events. Visit the website for a list of upcoming book signings. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Powell's City of Books by using our Portland family vacation planner.
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  • It's easy to get lost here. You could definitely walk around for hours. We spent about 20 minutes and walked around most of it but didn't look at too many books. Bought a couple. Prices are average bo...  read more »
  • If U R book lover or not, it's place u need to visit. I was there to learn how they can survive in this Online Era. 
  • Our family LOVES books! We were enthusiastic about visiting Powell's, but were in no way prepared for the volumes of reading material that would be, literally, at our fingertips. From current teen lit...  read more »
  • This is a veritable paradise for book-lovers, a place to devote at least an entire day. The bookstore is arranged methodically and very easy to browse. The rare books section on the top-floor was a sensory marvel, but perhaps not very practically priced. I didn't find those who worked here very helpful but the store and book collection were exceptional. I shall definitely go back when I am in Portland.
  • Love this place! I wish I made more time to come. Every time I am here, I feel like I could spend the entire day here. So many rooms, aisles, displays, and stacks of books. I like the way they have everything laid out and the color coded rooms make it easy to find what you might be looking for. Definitely recommend this place for a fun indoor date idea or a solo book-filled afternoon :)
  • I was absolutely astonished by the number of books this place had. I cannot explain just how many books this place has. If your looking for a book, even an old one, this place probably has it. The prices weren't bad either, with their massive collection of used books. If you can read and find yourself within 100 miles of this store, I suggest you stop in.
  • Basically paradise for anyone that likes books. Huge selection, great discounts, and helpful staff. Great place to get lost in, wandering between the shelves discovering new books to read.
  • This place was incredibly large and beautiful. Well mapped out with loads of signs, great reading choices, and amazing souvenir options! The prices were really fair and no tax! Plenty of areas to sit, relax, and read with large windows as well as a cafe. A definite must visit.
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