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About Portland

For those of you from the area, you know how amazing Portland can be. Most of you, however, will be moving to Rip City, Stumptown, Bridge City, the City of Roses, and PDX (a few of Portland’s affectionate nicknames). Here, you will find links to activities and information that we hope are helpful to you as you explore and adjust to our fine city and the beautiful regions of Oregon!

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  • Covering more than 5,100 acres, Forest Park is the largest urban forest reserve in the United Sta...
    Covering more than 5,100 acres, Forest Park is the largest urban forest reserve in the United States. N 7 miles
  • Looking east from the Frank Manor House is a spectacular view of Mt. Hood. E 47 miles
    Looking east from the Frank Manor House is a spectacular view of Mt. Hood. E 47 miles
  • This dynamic public space in the heart of downtown Portland is affectionately known as the city?s...
    This dynamic public space in the heart of downtown Portland is affectionately known as the city’s “living room.” N 5 miles
  • Steady winds in the Columbia River Gorge are ideal for windsurfing and kiteboarding. E 58 miles
    Steady winds in the Columbia River Gorge are ideal for windsurfing and kiteboarding. E 58 miles
  • In late summer and early fall, glacial outflow from Mount Hood turns the river milky white with s...
    In late summer and early fall, glacial outflow from Mount Hood turns the river milky white with sediments. SE 50 miles
  • At 289 feet high, this is one of the tallest waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge. E 35 miles
    At 289 feet high, this is one of the tallest waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge. E 35 miles
  • The Western Swordfern is common to the 645-acre Tryon Creek State Park adjoining the law school c...
    The Western Swordfern is common to the 645-acre Tryon Creek State Park adjoining the law school campus. 0 miles
  • The scenic Oregon coastline stretches 326 miles from Washington to California. W 62 Miles
    The scenic Oregon coastline stretches 326 miles from Washington to California. W 62 Miles
  • Multnomah Falls is the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States. E 31 miles
    Multnomah Falls is the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States. E 31 miles
  • Many of Oregon?s 300 wineries lie a few miles from the law school in the scenic Willamette Valley...
    Many of Oregon’s 300 wineries lie a few miles from the law school in the scenic Willamette Valley. SW 36 miles

Tours | Portland Bridges | Restaurant, Nightlife, and Tourist Reviews | Portland in the News | Public Transit | Arts and Culture | Professional Sports | Festivals | Outdoor Activities | Community Service | News, Classifieds & Events

Just for a start, here are some of the most comprehensive “official” Portland and Oregon links:

Tours

Schedule a tour of Portland or a professionally led adventure in the surrounding area: Portland Spirit; Big Pink Sightseeing bus; Portland Walking Tours

Portland Bridges

Portland lies at the intersection of the Columbia and Willamette rivers, so we are lucky to be the home of many beautiful bridges. Here’s a couple of sites devoted to our bridges: Portland Bridges; Willamette Light Brigade

Restaurant, Nightlife, and Tourist Reviews

For reviews of shopping, restaurants, bars, nightlife, and tourism destinations, check out: Citysearch; Yelp; Bar Fly Mag; and 10 Best. Portland is also famous for its abundance of food carts - a great way to taste some of the amazing food from top chefs in the city, without breaking your bank!

Portland in the News

You don’t have to live in Portland long to become as unabashed a lover of Portland as the natives. Some recent accolades for the City of Roses.

Public Transit

Tri-met is Portland’s renowned public transit agency. See light rail and bus maps, streetcar info and schedules:

Arts and Culture

Professional Sports

Festivals

Check out this Portland Guide for an overview of the many festivals in the city. (Under “Entertainment” > “Festivals”)

MusicFestNW (August)

This music festival is a two-day, two-stage festival featuring some of the biggest and best acts in live music in an outdoor venue.

Oregon Brewers Fest (Last weekend in July)

Portland is the home of the ‘microbrew revolution’ that’s been sweeping America’s watering holes for the last few years. Come the last weekend of July, Portland natives know that the place to be is at the largest microbrew festival in America: the Oregon Brewers Fest, featuring the liquid libations of 88 premium craft breweries across the country.

PDX Jazz Festival (February)

PDX Jazz is a nonprofit cultural arts organization dedicated to curating jazz in Portland, Oregon. The Jazz Festival features several musicians on different dates starting mid-February through the end of February.

Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival (4th of July weekend)

The Safeway Waterfront Blues is the second largest in the nation, stretching over several days with 120 plus world-class performances on five stages. The Blues Festival is a benefit for the Oregon Food Bank. All admission donations help Oregon Food Bank’s work to eliminate hunger and its root causes. 

The Portland Rose Festival

The Portland Rose Festival is celebrating over 100 years of festivities! The Rose Festival put Portland on the map when its first festival began in the 1910s and has continued its tradition celebrating community values like volunteerism, patriotism, and environmentalism.

Outdoor Activities

Running

Portland is also a huge city for running. If you like to pursue the occasional runner’s high, these sites may be of interest to you:

Skiing and Snowboarding

Mount Hood is just an hour away from Portland. Among the ski areas on the mountain, Timberline has the longest ski season in America - and Ski Bowl is the largest night skiing venue in the country. For information on all the major ski areas in Oregon check out: Oregon Skiing

Other Outdoor Activities

Forest Park and Tryon Creek State Park (listed above) are great parks to run in, but also for other activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and riding horses. There are several parks in the Portland area that you might also want to explore. Some of the more popular Portland neighborhood parks include Gabriel, Irving, Laurelhurst, Mt. Tabor, Overlook, Peninsula, Sellwood, Washington, West Moreland, and Willamette Parks. Many of them also have off-leash dog areas. Search for a park here:

Speaking of beautiful outdoor areas, Portland is home of some amazing public gardens, including the stunning International Rose Test Garden, authentic Japanese Garden, and tranquil Chinese Garden.

The Northwest contains some of the most spectacular and well-maintained scenic areas in the United States. To read more about a few of our most majestic spots, go here:

Enjoy Volunteering?

Volunteer opportunities in Portland abound. If you’re service-minded and want to get involved in helping out the local community, the following sites are great places to explore the possibilities:

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