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Powell's City of Books, Portland

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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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  • Anyone who has love for books should see the City of Books at least once in their life, even if only to get a look. You don't have to buy anything (although I dare you not to!) It is several very tall...  more »
  • If you love books and who doesn't, you can't miss Powell's and you'll want to plan to spend at least an hour or more - it's an event unto itself. In addition to new publications, the selection of used...  more »
  • Powell's has the best physical inventory of books on the planet. If they don't have it, they'll get it and ship it for free. Knowledgeable staff and a good coffee shop too. 
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  • This was my favorite place to visit in Portland. I am a huge book nerd and am one of those people who just love the feel of a real book. This place had almost everything you could imagine. It was 4 (or 3.5) floors worth of books and fun and interesting suggestions for things to read scattered around the store. If you enjoy reading then this is a can't miss place in Portland.
  • When people told me to go to a bookstore. I was all like, I'm not a huge book fan...and..why? Let me tell you. Go to Powell's. It's amazing how many books they have! So many levels you will find something that you want to read. Believe me. There is also a rare book section that was closed but I would love to go in there at some point and check it out!
  • Powell's is THE place to visit in Portland! It's a 3 story bookstore that gives you a map so you don't get lost. Need I say more? They have any & everything you may want or in my case, NEED! I love that they have both new & used options, which helps so that I'm not spending my entire paycheck in one outing...
  • Don't head here on an empty stomach! This is the kind-of place that you'll want to spend an entire afternoon. Grab a map of the store on your way in -- at the info desk. This store is 3+ stories tall and an entire city block in size. It's so big that it's easy to get lost among the stacks, literally. If you're anything like me you'll need to either bring a big bag for all the books you wind up bringing home (whether planned or not) or you'll need to go in with a concrete idea of what you're looking for and iron-will to resist all of the amazing books enticing you from the end-caps and book displays scattered throughout the store.
  • This store is not only quintessentially Portland, it's also the best bookstore that ever was. Ever. Used and new books at decent prices, gifts and local/independent publishing, and a staff that reads more than most humans ever will. When I die, I may just end up haunting the place so I never have to leave.