The City of Portland, Oregon, often referred to as America’s most environmentally friendly city, was named North America’s “Best Big City” by Money magazine. From the unmatched natural beauty and winter ski slopes of nearby Mount Hood to the stunning state parks to the cool bustling downtown scene with renowned arts and entertainment, the “City of Roses” has it all. And to top it all off, it’s one of the greenest cities you can visit, with trees throughout the metropolitan area and backdrops of forested mountains filling the scenery.
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Steeped in arts and culture, Portland was named the 10th best Big City Arts Destination in the United States by American Style magazine in 2006. While you’re here you can visit the many art galleries in the Alberta Arts District, Pearl District and other neighborhoods. And you can’t miss the Portland Art Museum. It is now one of the 25th largest museums in the United States since adding its Modern and Contemporary Art wing. If science is more your thing, head across the Willamette River from downtown and check out the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Here you’ll find exhibits on astronomy, early childhood education, earth science, life science and physical science, as well as some high-tech installations.
Portland is renowned for a craft of a different flavor as well: craft beer. There are numerous beer and brewing festivals held here throughout the year, the biggest of which is the Oregon Brewers Festival every July. With more than 70,000 attendees annually, it is the largest North American outdoor craft beer festival and is a celebration of grand proportions. Whatever season you visit, there’s sure to be a beer festival going on—in April there’s the Spring Beer and Wine Festival; in June there’s the North American Organic Brewers Festival, and if you’re around in December, there’s the Holiday Ale Festival.
If you want to see some of the city’s most popular destinations for visitors and locals alike, then visit Washington Park in the West Hills. The numerous recreational sites in this park include the Hoyt Arboretum, Oregon Zoo, Portland Japanese Garden and World Forestry Center. The Portland Classical Chinese Garden is also a can’t-miss attraction for foliage fanatics. It is a truly unique garden representing old and new Chinese culture with ever-changing installations. And if you’re here in June, you’ll want to check out the Portland Rose Festival that takes over downtown every summer. Portland is the City of Roses, after all.
Cultural centers abound, and tourists can take in a variety of performances at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts and the Keller Auditorium, home to the Portland Opera, the Oregon Ballet Theatre, and the Oregon Children’s Theatre.
If you’re looking to make some unique purchases, there are many shopping areas in Portland that offer a variety of gifts and treasures, including famous Pendleton® wool blankets and garments. Seasoned shoppers will want to check out Lloyd center, Oregon’s largest mall and home to numerous shops, eateries, and even an indoor ice skating rink!
Portland has plenty to offer every kind of visitor. No matter what brings you to the City of Roses, you are sure to find a comfortable, convenient, and affordable Portland hotel room when you stay with Extended Stay Hotels.