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Portland Local Attractions

Mt. Hood

1. Mt. Hood

elevation 11,237 ft., boasts North America's only year round ski area. It is home of the National Historic Landmark, Timberline Lodge. Oregon's largest and best known mountain is located one hour east of Portland and is enjoyed by recreationalists year round.

Cannon Beach

2. Cannon Beach

located 1 1/2 hours west of Portland, is famous for its towering monolith, Haystack Rock and miles of pristine, sandy beaches. This quaint beach town filled with art galleries is host to an annual sand castle contest that draws participants from around the world.

Multnomah Falls

3. Multnomah Falls

located in the scenic Columbia River Gorge, is the second highest year-round waterfall in the nation. Plummeting 620 feet from its origins, Multnomah Falls is one of Oregon's major tourist attractions. The Columbia River Gorge offers numerous hiking, mountain bike and windsurfing opportunities.

Washington Park

4. Washington Park

is 130 acres located in the west hills of Portland. It is the home of the Oregon Zoo, the International Rose Test Garden, the Japanese Garden, the World Forestry Center, and the Hoyt Arboretum. Ten miles of trails wind over 214 acres and there are numerous picnic areas, softball and soccer fields, and basketball and tennis courts.

5. The Arts

Portland boasts an active arts presence in the community. Home to a full time, professional orchestra, the Oregon Symphony performs at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, part of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. Other groups include the Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet Theater, and the Portland Center Stage.

6. Portland Trailblazers

Portland is home to the NBA team the Portland Trailblazers. The Blazers perform in the 20,000 capacity Rose Garden which is part of the Rose Quarter Convention Center.


OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, is one of the nation's top 10 science museums. A world class tourist attraction, the museum has 5 exhibit halls, 8 science labs, a big screen OMNIMAX theater, the northwest's largest planetarium, and the last fast-attack, diesel powered submarine built by the U.S. Navy.

8. Portland Art Museum

The Portland Art Museum, founded in 1892, is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest and has amassed a collection of over 33,000 objects and works of art. It hosts many special exhibitions and offers guided tours for children of all ages.

9. Oregon Zoo

The Oregon Zoo is located 5 minutes from downtown Portland on 64 acres. The zoo has about 1029 different animals representing 200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. The Washington Park and Zoo Railroad offers a 4 mile ride on antique trains connecting the two.

10. Microbreweries

Portland, sometimes known as "Munich on the Willamette", is home to 28 microbreweries. Oregon produces 17% of the nation's hops and Portland hosts one of the nation's largest beer festival, the Oregon Brewer's Festival.

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