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Best Local Scene in Portland

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Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Officially named Tom McCall Waterfront Park, but known to Oregonians as just Waterfront Park, this is often the center of activity in Portland. Festivals, parades, performers and more make it truly a taste of Rip City. Walk along the Willamette River at lunch and you're sure to brush shoulders with the city's workers. There is always something interesting to see here at Portland's answer to Venice Beach in California. There are basketball courts and lots of open, green spaces along the west bank of the Willamette River. The need for additional parks and green spaces in the city led to construction of the park.

Portland, OR, United States
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Pioneer Courthouse Square

This spectacular square is one of the best places to find all kinds of people, concerts, festivals, fund-raisers and everything else that goes on in the city. Once an address to Portland's first school, today visitors and locals come here to eat their lunch by the on-site waterfall, tall columns and wrought iron structures. Quite possibly one of the busiest blocks in town, it is a great place to people-watch and get an idea of what a typical Portlander looks like. In the blocks surrounding the square you'll find some of the best upscale shopping in the city. The square is also where you will find the Portland Visitor Information Center.

Portland, OR, United States
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Jamison Square Park

Jamison Square Park is named after William Jamison, who played an important role in the development of the River District. It is one of the three parks lying between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, all designed by Peter Walker & Partners. Come summer, the park teems with action. The 40,000 square feet (3716 square meter) park becomes the center for loads of fun activities. You can spot lots of teenagers, tiny tots with their parents, even grandparents are regulars. Relax with a book on one of the many benches or stretch on the cool grass. A horizontal cascading fountain grabs a lot of attention. Live entertainment events are also frequently conducted at the venue. Escape from the bustling city atmosphere and unwind as you let your kids squeal with joy on a lazy summer morning.

Portland, OR, United States
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Portlandia

New York City's Statue of Liberty is the only copper statue bigger than this. Created by artist Raymond Kaskey, the lady Portlandia is kneeling down before her city, Portland. Her face, hair, extended arms and trident have been hammered to shape. Modeled after the city's seal, this version of Lady Commerce watches over the streets from the Portland Building. While she conjures the city's mythology and past, the 1980s office building looks a bit drab in comparison. However, the building is revered as one of the first post-modern structures of its size in the country.

Portland, OR, United States
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Portland Aerial Tram

In a ride that lasts all of four minutes, experience one of the most exhilarating journeys you will ever make. The Portland Aerial Tram is a transportation marvel that soars high above this thriving city at 22 miles (35.40 kilometers) per hour. The only aerial tram to grace the airspace of the United States, second only to New York's Roosevelt Island Tramway, the Portland Aerial Tram traverses the area between the city's South Waterfront District and the Marquam Hill neighborhood.

Portland, OR, United States
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