Pearl District will enthrall you with its local legends, thriving art scene and more. Many consider this part of town to be the heart of the art scene since it is home to galleries and boutiques. But the former warehouse district after its urban renewal, is among the best shopping districts in the city. Walk down the cobblestone streets of this neighborhood and take in the sights. Explore its markets, specialty stores, unique boutiques and eateries.
Downtown Portland is the heartbeat of the city and its cultural mishmash will appeal to everyone. Shopaholics will go crazy with its tax-free shopping and foodies will delight in the numerous culinary offerings. From food carts to upscale eateries, there is something for everyone. You will also find eclectic boutiques, branded names, flagship stores and more. Some of the interesting sights are the Pioneer Courthouse Square, Tom McCall Waterfront Park and Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The neighboring Old Town, Chinatown and colored canvases of the Pearl District are equally fascinating places to explore.
For a festive, family-oriented, all-around great time in the Portland area, this amusement park is unparalleled. You will find multiple picnic sites with playground equipment at Oaks Park. A roller skating rink, museum and a lot of fun zones are featured in this park. Located in a centralized area, under the Sellwood Bridge in Southeast Portland, this park is a relatively short drive for everyone. Annual events such as the fall festival held in this park have become local traditions.
Northwest Portland / Nob Hill is a great place to explore. The Northwest 23rd Avenue is a shopper's paradise with its specialty shops, local flavor and branded names. Stroll through this neighborhood's charming Crafstman and Victorian store-fronts that are home to quaint eateries, cafes and shops. But that's not all. The Pittock Mansion, Peculiarium and Oregon Jewish Museum and Center are fascinating places to visit. Don't miss Forest Park in your itinerary when in this district.
Sauvie Island is one of the biggest river islands of the US, near River Columbia, spread over a 33 square mile (85 square kilometer) land area. The island is about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Portland city and is connected to the mainland by Sauvie Island Bridge. This place is favorite option for a short get-away because of its proximity and recreational activities like bird-watching, boating, fishing, kayaking, hunting, etc. The island is enveloped with beaches from all the sides. Sauvie Island Wildlife Area is famous state-owned habitat of about 25o species of exotic birds and fishes. Bybee-Howell House, Warrior Rock Lighthouse and Fort William are some of the historic sites here.
Just sit back and enjoy the views as you roll through the most scenic parts of Portland and the Pacific Northwest. These tours offer a unique perspective on city sights and attractions, wonderful waterfalls, the gorgeous Oregon coast or the incredible Columbia River Gorge. There are six tours to choose from, ranging from three to nine hours in length.
Located southeast of Portland, Clackamas offers a lot, ranging from wine and cheese tasting and country fairs to outdoor concerts and rodeos. Truly a taste of Oregon, the attractions include Mt. Hood, exciting ghost stories and the End of the Trail Interpretive Center, where covered wagons narrate tales of the pioneers who came to the Northwest. The council has information on all of it and the web site can help you plan your day of fun out here.