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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. With every 'ooh' and 'aah' that this spectacular view evokes in you, the tram cabins rise 500 feet (152.4 meters). 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. Both cabins have an occupancy of 79, and the tram system operates on a load-and-go principle, meaning faster turnaround rides.
The mouth-watering pizza draws a throng of people into The Mississippi, and the music and beer keeps them there. Serving pizzas with the most decadent of cheese and exotic toppings, this pizzeria also features vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. Full pizzas as well as pre-made slices are available in the abundance. Enjoy the daily happy hour with pitchers. Once an open-mic sort of venue, the recently added Atlantis Lounge plays a wide diversity of music including jazz, bluegrass and indie-folk seven nights a week – arrive before 8:00p to avoid a cover charge. Be sure to check out trivia night on Wednesday where brains meet beers to compete for prizes and glory.
Portland is called the "Rose City" for a reason. These public gardens were established in 1917 and set above the cityscape of Downtown Portland. They are the oldest official public rose gardens in the United States and the only place in North America that can officially issue recognized awards for hybrid roses grown around the world. The best time of the year for viewing is during the summer, when the fragrant blooms begin to appear and continue until frost.
These days it is hard to find a good arcade anywhere. Once you find this one, you may want to come back day after day. With five locations around Portland, it is a favorite attraction for kids and kids at heart. The pinball and video games are the newest and hottest around with prizes for the top players. There is also a movie theater for complete entertainment Wunderland.
The history of the Portland fire department dates back more than 150 years. The department came into existence in the 19th Century and has been serving the community of Portland since. The Historic Belmont Firehouse is a testament to the heritage of firefighting in Portland. The firehouse building has undergone renovation many times but still manages to hold on to its historic charm. Inside the building is the Jeff Morris Fire Museum, which has displays of many kinds of firefighting equipment. Unlike other museums where touching exhibits are strictly prohibited, you can touch and handle several of these artifacts to understand how they work. Some interesting elements include the Jeffers Sidestroke Handpump Fire Engine from 1859 and the Hose Cart from 1860. Timelines of the milestones of the fire department's history adorn the walls and an audio guide is also available for those who want additional information.
Winding roads flow through this almost prehistoric forest. Old growth trees and other plants make up the thick flora. Many of Oregon's native plants are labeled with both their botanic and common names. While seldom crowded, this peaceful retreat is just minutes from the heart of Portland and is easily accessible via bus and light rail. The on-site visitor's center offers valuable information about the various trees and plants that call this park their home, with all the makings for a fun-filled and educational outing with the kids. It is also located close to other attractions such as Portland's zoo, the International Rose Test Garden and the Japanese Gardens.