Sights & Attractions in Portland
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One of the greatest things about Portland is that there's so much to explore. This city rightfully boasts that there's something for everyone. What makes discovering Portland's treasures even more enticing is that its attractions, transportation options, and events are all relatively accessible and affordable.
Portland has long been considered a hub for indie music. Hundreds of bands flock to become part of the creative flow of alternative, jazz, blues, and rock, which dominate the nightclub scene seven nights a week. Factor in an outrageous number of independent brewpubs and coffee shops—with snowboarding, windsurfing, or camping within an hour's drive—and it's easy to see why so many younger singles take advantage of Portland's eclectic indoor and outdoor offerings.
Couples can double the romance and intrigue, with strolls through never-ending parks, dimmed dining rooms for savoring innovative regional cuisine, and gorgeous cruises along the Willamette River aboard the Portland Spirit. As for hiking, climbing, biking, and running, paired people have a built-in playground to renew their shared interests in Portland's natural bounty.
Families can explore first-rate museums and parks, including the Portland Children's Museum, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (aka OMSI), and Oaks Park. Many of these attractions offer permanent displays as well as nationally touring exhibits. At most libraries, parks, and recreational facilities, expect to find hands-on activities, music, story times, plays, and special performances for children. Portland families and musicians have embraced the "kindie-rock." From cafés to concert halls, live music aimed at families is easy to find. Many restaurants in and around Portland are family-friendly, and with immediate access to the MAX light rail and streetcars, toting kids around downtown is easy.
Portland is known as the City of Roses, but the 10 distinctive bridges spanning the Willamette River have also earned it the name Bridgetown. The older drawbridges, near downtown, open to allow passage of large cargo ships and freighters—the best time to see the bridges open is when the fleet arrives for the Rose Festival in early June. You can easily spend a couple of days exploring the attractions and areas on the east side of the river.
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