Portland is an attractive and vital place for both natives and visitors. The unique character and planning of each district has earned urban Portland both national and international acclaim. Public green spaces and clean and convenient public transportation serve as a shining example for any progressive and vibrant city.
Here are my recommendations for fun things to do in Portland, Oregon:
Washington Park is a large complex of attractions, including the popular Oregon Zoo, the International Rose Test Garden, the World Forestry Center Discovery Museum, the Portland Japanese Garden, the Portland Children's Museum, and the Hoyt Arboretum. At the Oregon Zoo you'll have a chance to see critters from around the world and from the Northwest. Washington Park is a great place to enjoy spending outdoors with friends and family.
You'll learn all about Oregon's history at this downtown museum. The OHS collection includes the Oregon My Oregon exhibit, which covers every aspect of Oregon's natural and human history. The Northwest Art Gallery features the work of prominent Oregon artists and also offers special exhibits. Special exhibits come and go throughout the year, so each visit is a unique experience.
This downtown Portland landmark covers an entire city block. Powell's City of Books is the largest new-and-used bookstore in the US. Powell's provides customers with maps so that they can avoid getting lost amongst the nooks and crannies. Bibliophiles will relish spending a few hours browsing through the 122 major categories of books. The Coffee & Tea Room provides refreshment so that you may renew your energy and continue perusing Powell's color-coded rooms.
The Portland Art Museum, or PAM, is one of the finest art museums in the west. The museum offers a world-class permanent collection of European, American, Native American, and Asian art. PAM also hosts many of the major traveling exhibitions. The Portland Art Museum is located across the way from the Oregon Historical Society Museum.
Located under and around the Burnside Bridge, at the north end of the waterfront park, is the Portland Saturday Market. Open each year from March through Christmas Eve, it is the largest continuously operating open-air market in the US. You'll find a tempting array of handcrafted items, as well as food, entertainment, and lively people watching.