Bowling is a perennial favorite activity for millions of people. From mega-alleys to historic mom-and-pop places, we've gathered up a list of the coolest alleys from coast to coast. It's time to lace up your rental shoes and roll some strikes.
Set in a picture-perfect scene of Willamette River bridges, downtown high rises and forested hills, Grand Central has a quintessential Portland vibe. On the east side of downtown, this cool spot has 12 high-tech lanes featuring plush couches and computerized, giant, HD scoring screens. As it's Portland, Grand Central offers foodie treats such as kung pao chicken, pulled-pork sliders and revved-up mac 'n' cheese dishes. The alley is a quick taxi ride or a refreshing long walk from the Convention Center District and most downtown hotels. Plus, the city's famous light-rail system gets you close, or you can bike there in true “Portlandia” style.
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Text by Greg Thilmont | Photo editing by Mike Hipple