Things to Do in Portland
The Rose City
Portland is Oregon’s largest city and one of the largest in the Pacific North-west. And yet, the city is best loved for its laidback vibe that is a stark contrast to that of its more hectic neighbors – San Francisco and Seattle. Portland is one of America’s most popular tourist destinations owing to its scenic locales, excellent outdoor experiences, and excellent food and beer outlets. The city experiences ample rain in the spring, winter and fall months, so make sure you are well equipped while packing for your Portland getaway. If possible, plan your visit during the June-late September period, when the city experiences its brief, sunny summer. Also make sure to take a look at our list of the best things to do in Portland, in order to make the most of your stay.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Located on the banks of the Willamette River, the park is named after the former Oregon governor- Tom McCall, who undertook numerous measures to beautify the western-bank of the river. The park is named as one of America’s ‘Ten greatest public spaces’, and is a popular site for jogging, biking, skateboarding and basketball. The park also hosts several prominent festivals, including the ‘Waterfront Blues Festival’, the ‘Oregon Brewers Festival’ and the ‘Bite of Oregon Festival’. Besides these, the park serves as the venue for several rose-themed events, which have inspired Portland’s moniker of being the ‘City of Roses’. While here, expect to see many Portland landmarks, including the ‘Battleship Oregon Memorial’ that honors the USS Oregon, The ‘Founders’ Stone’ that marks the memorable naming of the city – founders William Pettygrove and Asa Lovejoy who had tossed a coin to determine the city’s name – and the ‘Japanese American Historical Plaza’ that is dedicated to the Japanese immigrants and is bordered by numerous ornamental cherry trees. A day spent at the park is one of the best things to do in Portland if you’re the kind who loves the great outdoors.