Sights in Portland

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Powell's Books

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Powell's Books is the largest independent book store in the United States and a must see for any bibliophile.

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url:www.powells.com

The Public Services Building

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The Public Services Building, aka The Portland Building, is considered an architectural icon. Designed by Michael Graves and built in 1982, its coloring and embellishment marked the arrival of postmodern architecture and the end of stark glass and steel edifices. The statue in front, "Portlandia", is the second largest copper statue in the United States--only the Statue of Liberty is larger.

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: http://wikitravel.org/en/Portland_%28Oregon%29

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address:1120 SW 5th Avenue

Japanese Garden

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The peaceful atmosphere and the quiet beauty make Portland's Japanese Garden to a place "Where Heaven and Earth Meet". Honored as one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside Japan, it spreads out on 5 1/2 acres. You are able to find five seperate concepts of Japanese garden culture: the Tea Garden (Roji-niwa), the Strolling Pond Garden (Chisen-kaiyui-shiki), the Natural Garden (Shukeiyen), the Dry Landscape Garden (Karesanui), and the Flat Garden (Hiraniwa).

The Japanese Garden is part of Washington Park and located above the International Rose Test Garden. more..

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url:www.japanesegarden.com

Pioneer Courthouse Square

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Known as "Portland's Living Room," this is the central courtyard of downtown Portland. Notable sights in the square is the Weather Machine, a machine that predicts the weather every day at noon. Many other sculptures and art elements surround the square. Free.

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: http://wikitravel.org/en/Portland_%28Oregon%29

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address:SW Broadway and Yamhill
url:pioneercourthousesquare.org

Portland Center of the Performing Arts

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Portland Center of the Performing Arts is the premier place for live performance. It is located in a new fancy brick building north of the history center between Park Blocks and Broadway. Enter the building and you imagine yourself standing on the stage. Just next to the center, marked by the big PORTLAND sign, is the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The "Schnitz" is Portland's old vaudeville and concert house, that survived the Downtown renewal phase. Shakespeare, Classic and Rock Concerts take here place.

It is worth to visit one of the free tours through the new Arts Center more..

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url:www.pcpa.com

Portland Classical Chinese Garden

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The Portland Classical Chinese Garden was built to imitate a community garden that could be found in Suzhou. The garden is located right near the Willamette river and offers an excellent and relaxing place to retreat to. There is a bridge, which connects the northeast and northwest, offering tons of pathways, excellent gardening and its very own teahouse. The teahouse has a store where you can purchase tons of items, including tea. Because the place is so unique, it is an excellent break from traditional tourism in the Portland area. Portland attractions are not always this more..

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tel:+1 503 228 8131
openingHours:Open Hours10a-5p Nov-Mar; 9a-6p Ap-Oct
url:www.portlandchinesegarden.org
address:239 Northwest Everett Street Portland, OR 97209

Pittock Mansion

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Pittock Mansion was the original home of Henry Pittock, the great founder of the Oregonian. To this day, the Oregonian is an extremely popular newspaper in Portland as well as the greater Oregon area. The mansion was crafted in 1914 and is three stories high. With amazing views of Portland, the mansion is now a museum for people to explore and enjoy. Local history and artifacts are found within the mansion and people are encouraged to book tours as well as space for personal and private functions. The building alone is worth the trip, and if you are in the Portland area it makes more..

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tel:+1 503 823 3624
url:pittockmansion.com
address:3229 Northwest Pittock Drive Portland, OR 97210

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

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The Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden is exactly what you would hope it to be. Chock full of rhododendron’s and many other Portland based plants, this garden has everything you need to fully enjoy the splendor that is Portland. Set up right next to a lake, waterfalls and springs, the flowers shine and bloom. The best time of year to visit the garden is during May and June, when the flowers are in bloom. It is truly a unique and special site to see. Most Phoenix attractions are year round, but waiting till May or June is truly worth it in this case.

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tel:+1 503 771 8386
url:www.portlandonline.com
address:Southeast 28th Avenue Portland, OR 97215

Oregon Maritime Center & Museum

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The Oregon Maritime Center & Museum offers an excellent tugboat tour in addition to tall tales of sailors fighting against the current of the Willamette River. There are a wide variety of ships on display including the Columbia River Gillnetter, Barge Russell and Steam Sternwheeler Portland. There is an onsite Library with helpful and extremely friendly staff that know a lot about the history of Portland and its seaside adventures. The gift shop has books on all of the topics found in the museum and this is a must stop for people looking for Portland attractions that relate more..

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tel:+1 503 224 7724
openingHours:Open Hours11a-4p F-Su, closed M-Th
address:113 Southwest Ash Street Portland, OR 97204

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

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The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a unique museum, offering exhibits which focus on the life science, earth science, computers, chemistry and many other areas. Some of the exhibits are perfect for children in that they are fun and interactive. On the grounds there is an Omnimax Theater as well as a planetarium and submarine. There are tours of the submarine and there is even a simulator ride. The museum is located right on the Willamette River and there is a café to sit and eat at. Enjoy all Portland attractions in whatever manner you see fit. The submarine tour has a more..

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tel:+1 503 797 4000
url:www.omsi.edu
address:1945 Southeast Water Avenue Portland, OR 97214

International Rose Test Garden

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An interesting fact about Portland is that it is known as the “Rose City”. Here at the International Rose Test Garden, visitors are encouraged to graze through the public gardens, enjoy all of the various flowers and roses, which adorn the area. The gardens were first established in 1917 and are considered to be the oldest official public rose gardens in America. In addition to this bit of history, the roses are best seen in the months of June and May. In June there is an annual Rose festival, which showcases the roses in full bloom. This area is open to the public and free.

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tel:+1 503 823 3636
url:www.portlandonline.com
address:400 Southwest Kingston Avenue Portland, OR 97205

Portland Art Museum

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The Portland Art Museum was established in 1892 with the initial intention of focusing on visual arts. However, in recent years the Portland Art Museum has expanded to accommodate a wide variety of artist mediums. Some of these include a Native American collection, European Collection, as well as modern and contemporary art. The building is classically designed and tastefully built. The Northwest Film Center hosts many events and festivals, including the annual Jewish Film Festival. Admission is reasonable and parking is always easy to come by at this Portland attraction. The more..

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tel:+1 503 226 2811
url:www.pam.org
address:1219 Southwest Park Avenue Portland, OR 97205

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

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Tom McCall Waterfront Park is a well-known park in Portland that locals often refer to as simply Waterfront Park. There are often many activities taking place at the park, including: parades, Festivals, performers and a lot of other events. Many locals come to the park to enjoy their lunch and gaze at the river. If you stroll through the park, you will also be close to downtown shopping and retail stores. In addition to the large grass space, which is perfect for picnics, there are basketball courts for you and your friends to get in a game at. Portland attractions don’t get more..

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tel:+1 503 823 2525
url:www.portlandonline.com
address:1020 Southwest Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97204

Velveteria

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Velveteria is an interesting museum that specializes in velvet paintings. With over 350 paintings, these masterpieces of velvet are unlike anything you have ever seen before. Most museums boast a traditional slew of European, modern, classical and contemporary art, but not at the Velveteria. The Velveteria also offers a very unique shrine of the Virgin Mary that is sure to dazzle and delight you. In addition to the velvet paintings, there is a large black light room that is trippy and psychedelic. This is certainly a rare attraction, and one of the few museums that solely focuses more..

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tel:(503)233-5100
address:2448 E. Burnside St., Portland, Oregon 97214

Washington Park

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Washington Park is the perfect place to take family and friends for a stroll through Portland’s green and floral surroundings. A fun fact about Portland is that it has more parks for its residents than any other city in the United States. In addition, the park has some points of specific interest, including Japanese Gardens, the International Rose Test Garden, Hoyt Arboretum and the Oregon Zoo. Many of beautiful trees and plans run through the park and most of the unique attractions inside the grounds are free to visitors. Phoenix attractions do a great job at combining nature more..

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tel:+1 503 823 2525
url:www.washingtonparkpdx.org
address:2368 West Burnside Street Portland, OR 97210

The Portland Building

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The Portland Building has become well-known by tourists and natives alike, as a uniquely designed Portland Building. Crafted in 1982 by Michael Graves in an “art moderne” style, the building is absolutely massive, housing the Metropolitan Center for Public Art on its second floor. Another reason why this building has become famous, is the 38 foot statue that stands on top of the building. The sculpture is of Portlandia and was created by Raymond J. Kaskey. The statue is made of steel with a copper sheeting on top. This massive architectural wonder is something that should not more..

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tel:+1 503 275 9750
openingHours:Open Hours8a-5p M-F
address:1150 Southwest Fifth Avenue Portland, OR 97204

Portland Vintage Trolleys

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An interesting, and often unknown fact is that Portland at one time had a very elaborate trolley system. In this modern era, the trolleys have been replaced with electric trams but the old trolleys still remain at Portland Vintage Trolleys. The line existed in the late 19th century and a small amount of the cars are on display here. Now that they are fully restored, people are encouraged to take the trolleys through downtown and experience the city the way it once was. The ride is free to the public and runs on two lines. A trolley comes by every half hour so don’t take one if more..

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tel:+1 503 323 7363
url:home.comcast.net
address:115 Northwest First Avenue Portland, OR 97209

Hoyt Arboretum

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The Hoyt Arboretum is home to a delightful prehistoric forest and has many winding roads that lead up to it. In addition, old and ancient trees grow in this region and create a thick foliage that is fun and exciting to walk through. It is also a very peaceful place to come and get in touch with nature. In addition to being peaceful, the Hoyt Arboretum is also convenient in that it is close to the Portland zoo and the International Rose Test Garden. The pants in the Arboretum are well labeled so you will know exactly what you are looking at. Portland attractions are all convenient more..

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tel:+1 503 865 8733
openingHours:Open HoursGrounds: 6a-10p; Visitor Center: 9a-4p
address:4000 Southwest Fairview Boulevard Portland, OR 97221

Oregon Zoo

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The Oregon Zoo offers tons of unique animals and species for you and your family to enjoy. Some animals offered up at the zoo include: elephants, monkeys, bears, and even polar bears. There is a train on the grounds that offers a tour of the entire zoo and there are delicious on- site snack bars for you to get some food. A delicious ice cream or picnic on the grounds is the perfect way to spend a nice day out in Portland. You also have the chance to rent a unique stroller wagon for children to have a more fun way of exploring the park. Admission fares vary so call ahead to find more..

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tel:+1 503 226 1561
url:www.oregonzoo.org
address:4001 Southwest Canyon Road Portland, OR 97221

Kidd Toy Museum

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The Kidd Toy Museum is a toy collectors dream, filled with vintage toys and old dolls and collectibles from years past. There are three distinct buildings that combine to form the entire museum. Some of the toys are made of iron, such as toy soldiers and figurines. This is the perfect place to go for kids and their parents, in that, the parents will be able to look back on the toys they used to play with as kids. Parking is easy to find in this area and the museum staff is friendly and informative. All of this makes the Kidd Toy Museum one of the best Portland attractions in the area.

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tel:+1 503 233 7807
openingHours:8a-5:30p Mo-F, 8a-1p Sa
address:1301 Southeast Grand Avenue Portland, OR 97214
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