Portland, Oregon

Portland, known as "the City of Roses", one of the favorite destinations on the West coast. Portland, situated approximately 70 miles from the Pacific Ocean 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 theatre companies will keep visitors busy for weeks!

 Top Ten Reasons to Visit  Portland, Oregon

  Beautiful Nature  Nature in Oregon is certainly wonderful. Oregon is a land of widely different ecosystems, from moist, cool, coastal rain forests to the dry high desert of the east, with plenty of volcanic features, rivers, and valleys thrown into the mix to make any outdoor-loving person happy. Oregon has beautiful forests, Mt. Hood , Columbia  River Gorge waterfallslakes  and   Oregon coast.

 Bridges, Bridges, Bridges: Portland is a city of bridges: Morrison Bridge (1887), Steel Bridge (1888), Hawthorne Bridge (1891), Burnside Bridge (1894), Broadway Bridge (1913),Selwood Bridge (1926), Ross Island Bridge (1926), St John's Bridge (1931) . 

Oregon Wineries: Unique growing conditions and favorable clay-loam soils have fostered Oregon's rapid emergence as one of the world's finest wine growing regions.

 Rose Garden: Portland is home to one of the world's most famous rose gardens, the International Rose Test Garden.  Each year hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world visit this garden.  This popular tourist site with spectacular views and more than 8,000 roses, is one of Portland's most notable signature landmarks.

     Oregon Zoo: The Oregon Zoo is only 5 minutes from downtown Portland. This zoo is recognized internationally for having the most successful breeding herd of Asian elephants of any zoo.

Japanese Garden: The Japanese Garden, proclaimed one of the most authentic outside of Japan, is situated just above the International Rose Test Garden.

Classical Chinese Garden: The Garden unfolds a changing look by season. Each one as lovely as the last. It is home to hundreds or rare and unusual plants, nearly 100 specimen trees, water plants, bamboo and orchids.

 Portland Art Museum: Portland is justly famous for its dramatic and dynamic art scene, which really began in 1892 with the establishment of the Portland Art Museum. Although this venerable art museum, established in 1892, houses a large number of international works, its highlight is a renowned collection of Native American art.

 Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI): Imagine a place where you can journey to the outer reaches of the galaxy, feel the power of an earthquake, climb aboard a real submarine, uncover a fossil, surf the Internet, enter the world of virtual reality, or travel the globe in a five-story high-domed theater.OMSI appeals to visitors of all ages.

  Dining and Best Cuisine in the Northwest: Portland has some excellent restaurants to further satisfy one's taste sensations.

Portland in the news: A sampling of recent accolades