Tour of Portland & Maps
|Question & Answer Guide to the Rose City and the Surrounding Area
I've seen very little of Portland, what does the city look like?
- Portland Virtual Tour - Take a "tour" of Portland and the surrounding area. From city attractions to parks to outstanding shopping areas, this is a chance to get a great feel for Portland without leaving your home. This tour includes all of the major attractions discussed here and, for those interested in moving to the area, sample homes from various neighborhoods.
- Official Oregon Tourism Website - Planning an Oregon Vacation - If you really want to see what the city looks like, maybe a visit is in order? If that's the case, the Oregon Tourism site will give you a reason to pack your bags and spend your next vacation in the city or surrounding area. From high adventure to casual sightseeing, this site provides the resources and inspiration to plan any type of trip.
What is the Weather like in Portland?
- Although weather in the Northwestern United States is typically labeled "wet", you might be pleasantly surprised by how mild Portland weather really is throughout the year. Although much of the content is technical, take a few moments to visit the Western Region Climatic Data Center to get the full story on Portland's weather and climate.
- Current Weather and Forecasts are also available from the National Weather Service Forecast Office and the Weather Channel.
What are the Major Attractions in the Portland Area?
- Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI)
- Rose Quarter - World-Class Arena and Event Center (Home to the NBA Portland Trailblazers, Portland Python soccer team, WHL Winter Hawks hockey team, and major concert and arena events.)
- Oregon Zoo - Occupying 64 acres, the Oregon Zoo has over 1,000 animals representing 200 species. With nine major exhibits, an elephant museum, a variety of summer shows, and a railway running to the entrance of the park from the International Rose Garden, this zoo boasts an annual attendance of about one million visitors every year.
- Pittock Mansion - Pittock Mansion was home to pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock from 1914 to 1919. With its eclectic architectural design and lavishly decorated interior, Pittock Mansion stands today as a living memorial to their role in the blossoming of Portland and its people.
- Portland Saturday Market - Founded in 1974, Portland Saturday Market is the largest open-air crafts market in the United States.
- Arts and Culture: Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland Opera, Portland Art Museum, Artists Repertory Theatre
- Portland International Raceway - Operated by the City of Portland, PIR hosts everything from Indy and Grand Prix to truck racing.
- Port of Portland - Created in 1891 to dredge a shipping channel from Portland to the sea, the Port of Portland now owns and maintains five marine terminals, four airports (including Portland International Airport), seven business parks and the Portland Ship Yard. The Oregon Maritime Center and Museum provides a wealth of information about the history of shipping in Portland.
- Willamette and Columbia Rivers - Bridges of Portland
What are Portland's best Festivals and Civic Events?
What are the Schools (including colleges and universities) like in Portland and the surrounding area?
Where can I find General Information about the Portland Area?
- City Search - Currently the premiere website for information about Portland, this site features daily updates about sports, restaurants, attractions, and general community information.
- Portland Oregon Visitors Association
- 4portland - A "portal" site, 4portland provides numerous links and connections to resources throughout the internet. Well organized, but, be warned, this site is extensive and is part of the much larger 4anything network.
- Oregon Neighborhood Link - Neighborhood Link is a national directory that provides neighborhoods with free interactive websites. Each site is managed and maintained by local representatives and contains a wealth of information about the local area and community.
Where can I find General Information about Oregon?
- Oregonlive.com provides a wealth of information about news, weather, and travel around Oregon.
- Skiing: Oregon has some of the best and most challenging skiing in the West. Breathtaking Mt. Hood and Mt. Bachelor have skiing nearly year-round.
- Oregon State Parks - A comprehensive list of state parks.