has long been known as a clean, green, friendly city, with
lots to do and even more to see.
Leading Portland into the 21st century is its economical,
easy-to-use public transit system, which annually transports
millions of visitors and residents throughout the city and
the surrounding area. Thanks to forward-thinking city officials
and an environmentally friendly philosophy, you can explore
even the farthest reaches of the Portland metro area while
concentrating on enjoying the city - not navigating it.
TriMet's 38-mile MAX (Metropolitan Area Express) light rail
system, which connects downtown Portland to the city's international
airport, also features door-to-door access to one of the area's
richest collections of visitor attractions. A 10-minute ride
from downtown Portland delivers visitors to the Washington
Park station, the deepest underground transit station in North
America. The stop, located 260-feet below the Earth's surface,
provides nearby access to Washington Park, the Oregon Zoo,
the Forest Discovery Center, CM2 - Children's Museum 2nd Generation,
and Hoyt Arboretum.
A new streetcar system links Portland's downtown Cultural
District, the Pearl District, Portland State University, and
the Northwest/ Nob Hill Neighborhood. The sleek Euro-designed
streetcars follow a 4.8-mile loop route through downtown Portland,
the art gallery-filled Pearl District, and Nob Hill, known
for its outstanding restaurants and hip, upscale shopping.
No such thing as a free ride? TriMet, the Portland Streetcar
and MAX see it differently. Passengers always ride for free
in "Fareless Square," a 330-block area that encompasses the
city center and much of the Pearl District.
At some point, however, visitors inevitably want to hop
off Portland's streetcars and trains to wander and explore.
Strolling leisurely through the city's museums, parks, historic
districts and markets is truly the best way to drink in Portland's
a name for itself as the place on the West Coast to see the
world's biggest blockbuster exhibitions, the classic red-bricked
Portland Art Museum also houses an impressive permanent collection
spanning 35 centuries of Asian, European and American art.
A recent multimillion dollar renovation and expansion project
has added an outdoor sculpture garden as well as new galleries,
including the Center for Native American Art and the Center
for Northwest Art.
There's a reason Portland is nicknamed the "City of Roses"
- the metro area's incredible 37,000-acre park system includes
three distinct rose gardens, including the International Rose
Test Garden in Washington Park and Peninsula Park Rose Garden
on the east side.
Complementing these lovely blooms are Crystal Springs Rhododendron
Garden, the Leach Botanical Garden, the Berry Botanic Garden,
and the more than 50 miles of hiking, biking and walking trails
that crisscross the nearly 5,000-acre Forest Park. It's no
wonder that America's Money magazine recently named Portland
one of "10 perfect places to spend your summer holiday."
The Portland Classical Chinese Garden, covering an entire
city block downtown, inspires "oohs" and "aahs" from visitors.
Its on-site tea house is the perfect place to spend an afternoon
relaxing and surveying the garden's pond, architecture and
fantastic rock formations.
On the slopes of upper Washington Park, the Japanese Garden
is a beautiful 5.5-acre oasis encompassing ponds, a waterfall,
a pavilion and five garden styles. With a majestic view of
the city and its surrounding mountains, the garden has been
called the most beautiful and authentic Japanese garden outside
All this touring can create a hearty appetite. But, never
fear, visitors won't go wanting in Portland. In fact, Gourmet
magazine recently praised Portland as "the Burgundy of America,
rich in produce, laden with seafood, and blessed with fabulous
In the midst of such bounty, Portlanders have developed
a European reverence for their food and wine. This is clearly
evident in the the city's sheer number of top-notch restaurants,
wineries and cozy microbreweries that draw their exceptional
flavors orom Oregon's freshest ingredients.