Portland: Places to Explore


  • Downtown

    Portland has one of the most attractive, inviting downtown centers in the United States. It's clean, compact, and filled with parks, plazas, and fountains. Architecture fans find plenty to admire in its... Read more

  • Forest Park

    One of the largest city parks in the country, 5,100-acre Forest Park stretches eight miles along the hills overlooking the Willamette River west of downtown. More than 70 miles of trails through forests... Read more

  • Nob Hill

    The showiest example of Portland's urban chic is Northwest 23rd Avenue—sometimes referred to with varying degrees of affection as "trendy-third"—a 20-block thoroughfare that cuts north–south through the... Read more

  • Northeast Portland

    Containing the Rose Garden basketball arena, the Lloyd Center Mall, the Alberta Arts District, and some of the city's poorest and most affluent neighborhoods, Portland's Northeast quadrant is diverse to... Read more

  • North Portland

    Long dismissed as the "fifth quadrant," North Portland has come into its own in recent years. Marked by a 31-foot-tall roadside statue of the strapping lumberman Paul Bunyan (on the National Register of... Read more

  • Old Town/Chinatown

    The Skidmore Old Town National Historic District, commonly called Old Town/Chinatown, is where Portland was born. The 20-square-block section, bounded by Oak Street to the south and Hoyt Street to the... Read more

  • Pearl District

    Bordering Old Town to the northwest is the Pearl District. Formerly a warehouse area along the railroad yards, this is the fastest-growing part of Portland. Mid-rise residential lofts have sprouted on... Read more

  • Southeast

    Bounded on the west by the Willamette River and in the north by Burnside Avenue, the Southeast neighborhood is typical Portland: funky, creative, hip. Packed with shade trees, Craftsman-style houses, and... Read more

  • Southwest

    The most utilitarian of Portland's quadrants, the Southwest neighborhood, bounded by the West Hills to the west, the Willamette River to the east, and Burnside Avenue to the north, houses city government... Read more