Ideas for Visiting Portland Oregon

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The city of Portland, Oregon is fun place to visit with funky & cool coffee houses, restaurants, cafes, museums, gardens, shopping, culture, nature, beauty, music, etc.

Portland, Oregon is a beautiful city to visit, where wide rivers intertwine with charming bridges and curving freeways. From about any high spot, on a clear day, sparkling water and distant mountains are an awesome sight to behold.

Visiting Beautiful Portland, Oregon

Portland itself is full of many funky, unique, and elegant shops and cool restaurants. One may find an old manufacturing company, next door to a fine restaurant, next door to a vintage clothing store. Portland is rich in culture with many fine and smaller theaters, art galleries, and museums.

If one wants to explore one of the many neighborhoods, it is probably best to find a walking tour map, of which there are many. Locals, too, are generally very friendly and happy to point the way to the best coffee house or whatever is one’s interest. One can also find tourism information online.

Following are some of the many things to do and places to see in Portland, Oregon.

Classical Chinese Garden

One city block in size, this lovely, authentic Chinese garden features a teahouse where visitors may sip authentic Chinese tea and view the Garden. Trails are wheel chair accessible.

Hours: November 1 – March 31: 10:00am – 5:00pm and April 1 – October 31: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Admission: $7 Adults, $6 Seniors, $5.50 Students, Children under 5 are free.

Japanese Garden

A serene and beautiful lace to visit, the Portland Japanese Garden features five distinct garden styles on 5.5 acres. Simply gorgeous.

Hours: The Japanese Garden is open to visitors seven days a week year-round, closing only on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

October 1 – March 31, Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-4pm and Monday: 12pm-4pm

April 1- September 30, Tuesday-Sunday: 10 am-7pm and Monday 12pm-7pm

Admission: $8.00 Adults, $6.25 Seniors (age 62 & over), $6.25 College Students (college ID is required, please), $5.25 Youths (age 6-17), Children under age six are free

Oregon Symphony

The Oregon Symphony is one of Portland’s great cultural attractions, performing over 120 concerts annually at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall from September through June. Events and prices vary.

Portland Art Museum

The Portland Art Museum features 35 centuries of European, American, Asian and contemporary art. See the current exhibit and event information on the Portland Art Museum Website.

Hours Vary: Closed Mondays

Admission: Adults $10, Seniors & Students $9, Youth 5-18 $6, 4 and younger free.

The Portland Saturday Market

To see Portland in it’s artsy element, visitors should experience this large open-air arts and crafts market, offering tons of music, art of all kinds, and great food. The Portland Saturday Market is open Saturdays and Sundays, March through December.

Free admission, but must find and pay for parking.

Sternwheeler Riverboat Tours

The Sternwheeler Riverboat Tours offer fun, relaxing cruises through either the scenic Columbia River Gorge (June through September) or the beautiful Williamette River (October through June) on an authentic triple-decker sternwheeler. Fun for all ages. Kids may get a bit bored or drive parents crazy wanting to up and down from the downstairs indoor areas to the outdoor top deck. Other ships and locales available. Hours vary. Call (503) 224-3900 in Portland or (800) 224-3901 toll-free.

Other articles of interest may include Best Funky Portland Coffee Houses and Funky Portland Restaurants & Cafes.

This is just a taste of Portland’s offerings. Visitors can find out more specific information by searching the above venues online or finding a Portland tour guide through the AAA, bookstores, or library.

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