Big city excitement and small town charm make Portland, also known as “the City of Roses,” a favorite destination for many. Portland, situated approximately 70 miles from the Pacific Ocean and where the Columbia River meets the Willamette River, has a magnificent setting, combining sparkling waterways with lush greenery rarely found in urban settings. Portland’s historic old town, many galleries and museums, Saturday Market, Waterfront Park, and theater companies will keep you busy for weeks! Also, Portland is just a short distance from the spectacular Columbia Gorge and Multnomah Falls, windsurfing at Hood River, touring at valley wineries, skiing at Mt. Hood, fish watching at Bonneville Dam, and all of the excitement of the Oregon coast.
Portland is known for its extensive park system of more than 200 parks. These encompass such areas as the elm shaded South Park Blocks in the downtown area, Washington Park which sits in the middle of the city and is home of the Rose Test Gardens, and biggest park, Forest Park, which is the largest park within a city in the U.S. From the over 4,600 acre Forest Park to tiny 24 inch Mills End Park, Portland’s parks offer leisure, entertainment and recreation opportunities for everyone.
Portland’s award winning mass transit system is one of the most extensive and advanced in the United States. The transit system includes buses and the MAX, an urban light rail line, as well as a downtown transit mall and Fareless Square, the downtown free-ride zone.
When experiencing Portland take a stroll along Tom McCall Waterfront Park, with its lawns, outdoor cafes, river walks and marinas. Enjoy the dancing waters of the Salmon Street Springs fountain, then walk a little farther to gaze at magnificent, snow-capped Mt. Hood. Take the kids to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), for an exciting visit at a state of the art science center, including the giant screen Omnimax theater, the laser art planetarium, a submarine and many interactive exhibits for children and adults alike.
A splendid location, relaxed respectability, and an urban lifestyle that is unsurpassed for its livability makes Portland a city to visit and remember.