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Portland attractions

Things to See and Do in Portland

Diversity insures that there is something for everybody in the Portland Metro Area.

Some indoor activities you might be interested in seeing:
Portland Art Museum
Oregon Maritime Museum
Oregon Historical Society

Hippo Hardware

Want to get outside? (Weather is a bit unpredictable in October.) Kayak rentals are available for trips on the Willamette, Lewis or Columbia rivers. There are hiking trails, greenways and a myriad of parks in Portland. Or just 1.5 hours away, you can visit the beautiful Pacific Coast and walk on a beach to see Haystack Rock and other coastal sights:
Portland River Co.
Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe
Metro Parks

Washington Park
Forest Park

Cannon Beach / Seaside
Oregon Zoo (Washington Park)
World Forestry Center (Washington Park)

Landscape art has been refined in numerous gardens throughout the metro area. Specialized, ethnic and test gardens are well tended and ready to inspire:
Classical Chinese Garden
Japanese Garden
Berry Botanical Gardens

International Rose Test Garden

From kitschy shops in the Hawthorne Neighborhood to Woodburn or Troutdale outlet malls, great shopping is guaranteed:
Woodburn Company Stores
Pioneer Square
Powell’s City of Books

Everyday Music
Portland Saturday Market
(open Saturdays & Sundays only)

And, checkout the some of these sites for general Portland information:
TravelPortland
Portland-Oregon
Portland, Oregon and environs on Herring.com
Portland Oregon Visitors Association

Getting Around Portland
Portland has an award-winning public transportation system. Tri-Met has buses, MAX (light rail) and a downtown streetcar to aid your trips around the city. In addition, Portland has been cited as one of the most walkable cities in the U.S. Many attractions are within walking distance from the conference hotel. Plus you’ll get to see more of the public art that makes every turn a surprise.

And if you can’t walk, Tri-Met offers free trip-planning services to help you get where you need to go.