Portland Oregon is found just hours from the Oregon coast near both the Willamette River and the Columbia River. A number of unique attractions characterize this city, not least of all the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, which has been one of the biggest museums of its kind in the Pacific Northwest for decades. Along with all of the great urban attractions, Portland Oregon getaways can also easily be filled with trips to nearby wineries in the Willamette Valley or a stroll through Portland's inner-city garden paradise, the Portland Rose Garden.
For many travelers experiencing Portland Oregon tourism for the first time, it is a surprise to find that so much of the city of Portland seems to be less developed than other major cities. There are still plenty of downtown exhibits and skyscrapers, but a Portland Oregon vacation can also offer visitors a hike through a forested, inner-city park with multiple miles of trails, as well as a picnic at the Rose Gardens or the incredible Japanese Garden which is one of the most intricate and well-known in North America.
The history of Portland as an American settlement precedes the popularity of Portland vacations, but not by much. While small groups of settlers and squatters had begun laying claim to the area in the early 19th century, it was not until 1851 that the city was officially incorporated as such. At the time of its birth as a city, the city of Portland had just over 800 citizens. This number would quickly grow, thanks to the settlement's prime location near the Pacific Ocean, the Columbia River and of course the Willamette Valley and river.
The history of the city continues, and no tradition more aptly carries on the legacy of the early city than the Rose Festival, held each year in Portland since the year 1905. If you plan to take a Portland vacation in the spring or summer, be sure to stick around for the rose festival, or at least take a stroll through the nearby gardens. Portland Oregon tourism relies on more than the annual Rose Festival, however. Portland Oregon getaways are also colored by trips to some of the area attractions that are literally just a few hours' drive away. The Oregon Aquarium, widely considered to be the best aquarium of its kind in the United States, is just down the road in the coastal city of Newport, Oregon. The Mt. Hood ski area is equally famous, though for different reasons, and visitors from all over continue to head to the Timberline lodge for a day or week of skiing.
Portland Oregon tourism in the city itself offers a bounty of things to do for the culture lover. Portland Oregon getaways can include trips to the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Zoo, and more. A quick drive to the Willamette Valley for wine tasting, fruit picking or just relaxing is also a popular way to get away from the city and enjoy the surrounding area.