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Stop to Smell the Roses in Portland

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The beauty of the Pacific Northwest can never be more apparent in Portland. Highly urbanized yet enriched by green spaces, Oregon’s most densely populated city presents a charming invitation to sample its attractions, rose gardens, microbreweries and coffee culture.

Cruising down Willamette River

One of the best Portland experiences is a scenic cruise along Willamette River, the lifeblood of the city. The river spans across nine large bridges to connect vital arteries of Portland’s districts. Thus, if you feel exploring Chinatown, Lloyd District or Old Town, you won’t have a hard time getting your bearings in Portland.

Recreation in Portland

Visitors will have plenty of things to do in Portland. On the banks of Willamette River lies Tom McCall Waterfront Park, a sprawling recreational area offering outdoor recreational activities against a backdrop of impressive Mount Hood. Family fun awaits everyone at the Oregon Zoo, which is the largest in the state. Another family-friendly attraction is World Forestry Center, engaging visitors to appreciate more of Portland’s fondness for nature.

Lush Green Spaces

The city is proud to nourish a love for environment-friendly recreation. Inside Washington Park, there is a host of popular sights that must not be missed while visiting Portland. Features like the Arboretum, Portland Japanese Garden, and the pleasant rose gardens never fail to enthrall both locals and tourists.

More of Portland’s Landmarks

Still on the sightseeing path, don’t miss the historical beat in the city, as one can experience in Pioneer Courthouse Square and the Pittock Mansion. If you want to see what lies beyond the city’s limits, you won’t be disappointed with what you may find. The breathtaking 70 waterfalls in Columbia River Gorge serve as a welcome and refreshing treat for nature-lovers. Near one of its entrances is the Lewis and Clark Recreation Site. Mount Hood stands east of Portland, providing more of nature’s splendor and outdoor activities.

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Guest Contributions

Aug 27, 2011
Lily Therese

Home of the trail blazers

Okay, as it is, there are a lot of things anybody can enjoy in Portland. I, for one, LOVE the Trail Blazers.. you know the basketball team of Portland in the NBA. So staying at home in Portland allows me to enjoy home games. I think even if you are not a huge fan of the team, if you happen to be in the area during a game, I suggest you take time to watch.

If you want something that is easier on your budget, then I suggest you check out Oaks Amusement Park. It was opened in 1905, so it is a little bit dated, but don’t you think its nice to see something that has been around for ages that is still standing tall? I like it even after several rounds in the park!

Another place would be the Portland Japanese Garden. Its beautiful. Very, very beautiful. And its just close to the heart of the city too!

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