Attaining Bibliophilic Bliss at Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon
Heaven for literature lovers, Powell's Books claims to be the world's largest independent new and used bookstore. You may faint from ecstasy after you walk into Powell's for the first time: It occupies an entire city block in the Pearl District of downtown Portland and boasts more than 68,000 square feet of space. (There's an entire floor for books on hold!) The humongous rooms, each the size of an ordinary bookstore, are color-coded and elaborately mapped—when you realize you've remained in the purple room for a few hours, you panic, knowing that a month isn't enough time to leisurely sift through the collection. The rare book room is worth the trek upstairs, while the selection of fiction, nonfiction, and children's books is vast enough to keep you busy rifling through the titles for a lifetime. Out-of-towners flock to Portland specifically to make this pilgrimage.