The City of Portland is urban, but it has a small-town feel. With many parks offering open green spaces, trails, and wildlife, the Port of Portland offers a unique and enchanting character that visitors and residents love. This progressive city has restricted growth, and it is possible to drive from downtown to the country in just 15 minutes (unless you try this at rush hour). With Mount Hood and the Willamette River as a backdrop, this lush city with a thriving arts community is a delight for tourists. There are far too many things to see and do in the Port of Portland to describe here, so you should check out the Travel Portland website for details.
The Port of Portland has a Marine West Coast climate. Summers are warm and sunny, and winters are chilly and wet. While the city has had some serious ice storms, snowfall is limited. Temperatures range from an average high of 27 °C (81 °F) in July to an average low of 3 °C (37 °F) in January.
One popular attraction in the Port of Portland is the Pearl District, an old derelict warehouse and industrial area reborn to hold modern condominiums, historic row houses, and trendy shops and restaurants. The streetcar carries passengers through the many art galleries and shops. The Port of Portland's Pearl District is recognized around the world as an outstanding example of successful urban renewal. Visitors to the area will find many historic buildings restored for both living and business, the best of the city's restaurants, many cultural activities, trendy fashions and gifts, spas and salons, urban parks, and the world's biggest independent bookstore, Powell's City of Books.
Located in Chinatown is the beautiful Chinese Classical Garden, an urban oasis with gardens, pavilions, a pond, and a teahouse. The gardens contain Chinese trees and flora and serpentine mosaic paths that meander through carefully planned and harmonious landscapes. First envisioned in the early 1980s, the Chinese Garden became a solid goal in 1988 when the Port of Portland and Suzhou, China, became sister cities. This beautiful retreat is based on a garden that was built for the home of a retiring Imperial official in Suzhou during the Chinese Ming Dynasty (from the 14th to 17th Centuries).
Visitors to the Port of Portland will also enjoy its varied music scene. Venues offer everything from small underground groups to nationally-known acts. Many local pubs and bars host local bands, and the city is gaining a reputation as a center for independent rock music acts. For the best of the music scene, check out the Doug Fir Lounge, McMenamin's Ringlers Pub, Rose Quarter, Crystal Ballroom, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Roseland Theater, or the Aladdin Theater.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Portland by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.
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