Portland is a city located in the Pacific Northwest, near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers in the US state of Oregon. The climate is ideal for growing roses, and for more than a century Portland has been known as Rose City. Many visitors take a day trip to the Columbia Gorge and Mount Hood, where they see breathtaking views of the 77 brilliant waterfalls, watch windsurfers from all around the world at the town of Hood River, ride the Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge, and even take a trip on the historic Mt Hood Railroad.
Top sights in Portland include the International Rose Test Garden that offers spectacular views as well as more than 8,000 roses, the Lan Su Chinese Garden with its picturesque lake and charming teahouse, the Portland Japanese garden that is considered to be one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, and the Oregon Zoo that is home to more than 2,000 animals from around the world. Pittock Mansion soars over 300 m above the city’s skyline and apart from breathtaking views it offers a comprehensive glimpse of Portland’s past. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry brings science to life with hundreds of interactive exhibits and displays, and the internationally renowned Portland Art Museum that features activities for children on Sunday. If there on a weekend be sure to visit the Portland Market for great shopping, live music and international snacks. Visitors appreciate the tax-free shopping, the great outdoors, the sights, and at the Powell’s City of Books love to lose themselves in the largest used and new bookstore on earth.