Named after Portland, Maine, the city of Portland, Oregon lies in the verdant Pacific Northwest at the end of the Oregon Trail, a historic 2,170-mile east-west wagon route that connected the Missouri River to Oregon.
Also known as the “City of Roses,” Oregon’s largest city sits proudly at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. It is an informal haven for young professionals and the young at heart.
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Portland is also a city with an environmental conscience, where high-tech professionals and college students bicycle or jog to school and work. Sporting over 10,000 acres of lush parks, this extremely walkable city is located at the end of the gorgeous Columbia River Gorge, a spectacular 80-mile canyon separating Oregon and Washington. These waterfalls and mountains have supported life for more than 13,000 years.
The city proper is anything but, as edgy artists and hard-working professionals come together to enjoy an eclectic range of art, music, and theatre, as well as diverse culinary experiences including farm-to-fork dining, prix fixe three-course menus and farmer’s markets.
From the relaxing Washington Park with its lovely Japanese Garden and friendly Oregon Zoo to the city’s innumerable coffeehouses and craft beer microbreweries, Portland makes everyone feel right at home.
What To Do
Tots and kids at heart should equally enjoy the impressive Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Even though most of the exhibits are geared towards younger folk, there are also “After Dark” events combining science with beer and wine for the older set.
Visit the Portland Art Museum and learn more about Native American and Pacific Northwest art and culture.
Meet some of the endearing 2,200 animals at the oldest zoo in the West, the Oregon Zoo, renowned for its conservation efforts and successful elephant-breeding program.
Stop and smell a few of the 722 varieties of roses, with colorful names such as Apricot Candy, Rhapsody in Blue and Burgundy Iceberg at the oldest continuously operated public rose garden in the nation, the International Rose Test Garden at Washington Park.
Take a drive to the mesmerizing Multnomah Falls east of Troutdale along the spectacular Columbia River Highway.
For those wanting to venture further up the Columbia River, consider taking a Pacific Northwest river cruise.