Portland, Oregon
-- "City of Roses" is Home to Numerous Rarks and Gardens --

Portland, Oregon's 'City of Roses', is home to numerous parks and gardens, including Portland's spreading Washington Park, containing the famous Japanese Garden. Divided into east and west regions by the Willamette River, Portland is a relaxed city with many diverse and historic areas. Major districts in Portland include Chinatown, Old Town and the trendy Lloyd District, containing America's first major shopping mall.

Portland has many major tourist attractions, including Oregon Zoo - an award-winning zoo full of animal attractions, which has become the largest in Oregon; the Tom McCall Waterfront Park - one of the most popular recreational areas in Portland, on the banks of Willamette River; the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) - offering a host of historic and cultural information about Portland and Oregon; the World Forestry Discovery Center - recently revamped at a cost of seven million dollars, with many exciting rides and exhibits; and Washington Park - one of the largest and most impressive parks in Portland, containing the famous Japanese Garden, Hoyt Arboretum and rose gardens.

Other popular attractions and landmarks in Portland include the Japanese American Historical Plaza - a unique and quite beautiful sculpture garden, on the northern side of Portland's Waterfront; the Pioneer Courthouse Square - a popular bricked plaza standing in the very heart of downtown Portland, containing an amphitheater; Pittock Mansion - housing an extensive collection of antiquities and glorious landscaped gardens; and the Portland Building and Portlandia - famed for being the first major postmodern architectural building in the whole world, including the enormous Portlandia statue.

Portland is also home to a number of excellent museums and art galleries in Portland city center, providing interesting information on the history of Portland and many other exhibitions. Some of the most popular museums and art galleries in Portland include the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) - one of the top ten science museums in the USA, with an IMAX theater and Planetarium; the Portland Children's Museum - an exciting blend of family fun and educational exhibits; the Oregon Jewish Museum - celebrating Portland's Jewish art and history; the Oregon Maritime Center and Museum - located on an authentic sternwheeler tugboat; the Portland Art Museum - a truly spectacular museum, full of information about art from throughout the ages; and the Shaffer Fine Art - one of the finest art galleries in Portland, housed in the George Lawrence building.

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Portland Convention Center, Oregon
Portland photos and image gallery: The convention center's twin towers have become an important landmark in Portland.

The convention center is a major landmark in Portland, featuring simple, modern architecture.
Mt. Hood over Portland
Portland photos and image gallery: View of Portland, showing Mount Hood in the distance.

View of the imposing Mount Hood, the city's main backdrop.
Portland Streetcar, Oregon
Portland inaugurated the new Portland Streetcar line on July 20th, 2001, making Portland the first city to build a modern streetcar system with modern vehicles in North America. Streetcars run almost entirely along paved track on city streets.
Portland Union Station
For more than a century, Portland's historic Union Station has been a central hub of transportation for the ever-growing metropolis that was founded just 150 years ago.
Portland Oregon Bridge
Portland photos and image gallery: The Broadway Bridge is a bascule bridge that spans the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. It was the first bascule bridge built in Portland and the longest in the world at the time of its completion. It is the longest Rall type bascule bridge still in existence.
Portland Hawthorne Bridge, Oregon
Portland photos and image gallery: Close-up of Portland's central Hawthorne Bridge.

Portland's famous Hawthorne Bridge is one of the city's most important landmarks.
Portland St Johns Bridge, Oregon
The St. Johns Bridge is a steel suspension bridge that spans the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon between the St. Johns neighborhood and the northwest industrial area around Linnton.
Night of Hawthorne Bridge North Point, Portland
Portland photos and image gallery: Aerial view of Portland city at night. Unspoiled landscapes, beautiful vistas, stately lighthouses, outdoor adventures, incredible night scene, a vibrant community of visual and performing artists, exceptional shopping, the list goes on.
Portland Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Oregon
In 1968, then-Governor Tom McCall proposed creating a public space along the Willamette's west bank. At the time, Harbor Drive cut residents off from the area. The 29-acre Tom McCall Waterfront Park extends the length of downtown, along the Willamette.
Portland Fire Boats, Oregon
Portland Fire Boat, Rose Festival
The Portland Rose Festival is a month of events in June of every year including two parades, fireworks, an art show, dragon boat races, a parade of ships ("fleet week"), and a carnival-type event at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
Portland Willamette River, Oregon
Portland photos and image gallery: Downtown Portland at night, reflecting into the Willamette River. Portland's waterfront, where cruises provide one of the best ways to appreciate the city's skyline.
Portland Bagdad Theatre, Oregon
The Bagdad Theatre originally had a Kimball theatre pipe organ installed in 1927 at a cost of $16,500. As of 1998, the Bagdad Theatre building still exists. It is operating as the Bagdad Pub & Theatre which offers a unique "beer & bijou" combination.

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