Portland, Oregon is also known as the "City of Roses". The combination of big city excitement and small town charm makes Portland a favorite destination for many. Portland is close to Central Oregon, the Willamette Valley, Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood and the Oregon Coast.
It is easy to get around this large metropolitan city due to its award winning public transit system, which is extensive. The Portland transit system includes buses, streetcars, historic trolleys and the MAX, an urban light rail line.
Built with walking in mind, downtown Portland has short blocks, combined with public art and old-fashioned statuary, fountains, bridges and parks. All of which combine to provide opportunities for leisure and contemplation for the casual stroller. You can find walking tours of the downtown area. If you are looking for a little more adventure, check out Forest Park with its nearly seventy miles of walking and hiking trails.
As evening approaches in Portland, plan to enjoy the varied and world class nightlife including performances of the Oregon Symphony, ballet, Shakespeare, musicals, concerts, and various festivals through out the year Portland has many local pubs and brew houses, where tasting local microbrews is considered a fine way to spend an evening. The Rose City is the home of the Trail Blazers basketball team, and there is hockey and baseball for sports fans.
Come to Portland on your way to or from Central Oregon and enjoy this wonderful city. It will be a pleasant and enjoyable visit and one to remember.