Portland, Oregon sits at the northern part of the state at the head of the great Willamette Valley. It’s the largest city in the state of Oregon and the second largest city in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. The town emerged in the early 1800’s as folks ventured to the end of the Oregon Trail. They were mesmerized by the astounding beauty of the area as well as the rich soils and bountiful plant life. The Columbia River flows on Portland’s northern edge and as been a huge port area for hundreds of years. (The Native Americans used the Columbia River as a port area long before American settlers came into the region.)
Portland Japanese Garden
World Forestry Center
USS Blueback Submarine
Are you a coffee lover? Many people think of coffee when they think of Portland. It’s the coffee central of the country! If you’re looking for a good roast, then check out the famous Stumptown Coffee located in downtown Portland. This place puts other famous coffee chains to shame. It’s worth standing in line for a caramel coffee latte or for just a classic cup of joe. They have many different flavor varieties with their coffees. They’re known for creating the infamous latte art that is often displayed on Instagram posts. Not only does the coffee look pretty, it tastes pretty too! Be sure to stop by Stumptown Coffee!
Pioneer Courthouse Square
While you’re in Portland, you have to check out the Pioneer Courthouse Square! This place is often considered to be the city’s living room. It’s downtown and huge! With over 40,000 square feet, it has plenty of space for folks to hang out. There’s cool features as well! If you play chess, you’ll enjoy the unique outdoor chess table. Close by, there’s the large fountain that resembles that of a white roaring waterfall. And in the direct center of the square? There’s an amphitheatre that provides an incredible platform for performers of all kinds. With 24 steps to sit on, it’s a great place to listen to a band, watch a theatrical performance and more. What makes this place very special is the names that are engraved on the bricks. The local citizens each chipped in to have their bricks paid for and donated to the construction of the site. It’s a great place to congregate and to sip on your latte.
The Oregon Zoo
Enjoy Visiting Portland, Oregon!
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