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About Portland, Oregon
For centuries the Upper Chinook Indians lived in the Northwest. They fished along what is now known as the Columbia Gorge and traded with others for foods, furs and other essentials. Contact with the early Americans (Europeans) decimated the tribes in the region—smallpox and malaria killing most. Eventually, in 1845 William Overton and Asa Lovejoy founded Portland, Oregon, later to become known as The City of Roses.
Things To Do In Portland
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry was initially hosted in businessman Ralph Lloyds’s house. He had the first planetarium in the Northwest which included a show that lasted twenty minutes. As the museum became more popular the Oregon City Council agreed to lease some land in Washington Park. 400 volunteers became involved in the project and the new museum opened in 1958. Today the museum is incredibly popular and serves over 1 million visitors each year.
Washington Park covers more than 410 acres. It is home to many of Portland’s premier attractions, including: a zoo, children’s museum, Japanese Gardens, The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and an arboretum. There are picnic areas, playgrounds, tennis courts and large space of green land or wild forest to explore. Washington Park has over 15 miles of trails to walk or jog along, some of the trails connect with Pittock Mansion, Forest Park and Council Crest.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
Portland is twined with Suzhou, China. Suzhou is famous for its Ming Dynasty Gardens which are incredibly beautiful. The Lan Su Garden is currently the most authentic Chinese Garden outside of China. The walled garden makes visitors feel like they have left the United States and been transported into China. You can explore Chinese Culture, their way of thinking and their history. The name of the garden is translated to mean “Garden of the Awakening Orchids.”
New Seasons Market
New Seasons Market is a crunchy local business in Portland. Everyone will find something in their carefully curated market. Plus, you can pick up stuff for an awesome picnic.
Eb & Bean
Portland is known for its ice cream. Places like Salt & Straw have unique specialty flavors and the wait can be crazy to get in, but worth it. The Eb & Bean is an organic frozen yogurt shop, where the flavors change every two weeks. Even their toppings are artisanal and ever-changing. Even if you’ve been there before it’s a new experience!
The Hoyt Arboretum
Hoyt Arboretum covers an area of 187 acres and is situated a couple of miles away from downtown Portland. 10,000 individual trees and shrubs populate the park and includes over 1,100 different species from across the globe. Take a walking tour on the numerous trails—the trails in total are 12 miles long. In the center of the park there is a visitor center that has an indoor classroom