Portland is a scenic and youthful city set on the Columbia River in the shadow of Mt. Hood in northwest Oregon. If you travel to Portland through Portland International Airport (PDX), you can catch the Light Rail's Red Line the city center and then use the efficient system of streetcars to move around downtown and begin your holiday in Portland.
So, what should you do during your Portland holiday? How about the local markets? The Portland Saturday Market, located at the Skidmore Fountain stop, is the largest weekly crafts fair in the United States and an institution of Portland tourism. The city’s Farmers Markets are also popular for those looking to do some shopping, get a bite to eat, or attend a class or workshop.
Portland’s setting amid temperate rainforests makes it a lush green city, as evidenced by its Rose Garden, the oldest in the United States, and its Japanese Garden, a peaceful plot of tea gardens and ponds. For more adventurous types, you can take your Portland vacation to the next level with day trips to Mt. Hood and several national forests.
While the Portland Art Museum boasts a wonderful collection, the local music scene is what you should really check out during your trip to Portland. The city is home to many popular indie acts and the downtown area is full of venues where you can catch the latest local bands. Did we mention that Portland’s also the craft-beer capital of the world? If you’re looking for a city that combines verdant nature, modern culture, and a relaxing laid-back feel, then make your next vacation a vacation in Portland.