Portland

Welcome to Portland

Urban and lively, this sustainable, bike-friendly city is well known for its microbreweries and coffeehouses.
 
Oregon’s largest city, Portland, is situated on the Columbia and Willamette rivers and is well-known for its thriving art, theater, and music culture. Located in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Hood, this urban and lively locale is well known for its parks, bridges, and bicycle paths, as well as its eco-friendliness, microbreweries, and coffeehouses. 
 
At the iconic Washington Park, you’ll find a formal Japanese Garden and the Oregon Zoo, and there are hundreds of respected restaurants and food carts located throughout this city.
There’s a vast urban forest, the world’s largest independent bookstore, and a bridge reserved exclusively for bicyclists. Portland has a little bit of everything for residents and visitors alike.
 

What to Love

  • Home to the world’s largest independent bookstore
  • A bridge reserved exclusively for bicyclists, perfect for an afternoon ride
  • Well-known for its thriving art, theater, and music culture

Local Lifestyle

Portland’s demographics are mixed, and residents range in age from millennial to retiree.
 

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

Lloyd Center
Housing more than 150 stores, this retail destination also features a 10-screen movie theater and an indoor ice rink.
 
Pioneer Place
An upscale urban shopping mall in downtown Portland, Pioneer Place consists of four blocks of retail, dining, parking, and an office tower. The mall itself is spread out between four buildings and interconnected by skywalks and underground sections.
 
Restaurants abound in Portland. Local favorites include Portland City Grill, serving New American dishes with an Asian touch, and Jake’s Famous Crawfish, a landmark spot for seafood with fish flown in daily, served in clubby digs with a busy happy hour.
 

Things to Do

Pittock Mansion
Built in 1914, Pittock Mansion tells the story of Portland’s transformation from a pioneer town to a modern, industrialized city through the history and legacy of one of its most influential families, the Pittocks. Saved from demolition by dedicated citizens in 1964, the mansion and surrounding estate were purchased by the City of Portland and opened to the public as a historic house museum.
 
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
This 36-acre park is located in downtown Portland along the Willamette River. Opened to the public in 1978, the park contains the Battleship Oregon Memorial.
 
Forest Park
At 5,200 acres, Forest Park provides critical refuge for hundreds of native wildlife and plant species and acts as an essential air and water filter. With more than 80 miles of trails, it also provides invaluable access to nature, exercise, and educational opportunities for the region.
 
Blues Festival
Launched in 1987 as the Rose City Blues Festival, a concert to support Portland’s local homeless population, this event, since renamed the Waterfront Blues Festival, has grown steadily over the past three decades and is now recognized as one of the world’s premier blues festivals. Since 1988, the festival has raised more than $10 million and over 1,000 tons of food to support those facing hunger.
 
Oregon Brewers Festival
Considered one of the nation’s longest-running and best-loved craft beer festivals, this July event attracts around 50,000 visitors annually and infuses more than $20 million each year into the local economy.
 
Moda Center
Formerly known as the Rose Garden, this indoor sports arena is used for basketball, ice hockey, rodeos, circuses, conventions, ice shows, concerts, and dramatic productions.
 
Providence Park
This sports and events venue hosts Major League Soccer, college football, and more.
 
Japanese Gardens
Many styles of gardens are showcased in this serene 5.5-acre space with a waterfall, teahouse, and mountain views.
 

Schools

Portland Public Schools is a PK-12 urban school district with more than 49,000 students in 81 schools — it’s one of the largest school districts in the Pacific Northwest. Standout schools include:
 
  • Lincoln High School: Located in the Goose Hollow neighborhood of Portland, this school was established in 1869 as Portland High School, making it one of the oldest public high schools west of the Mississippi River.
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