Portland is the largest city in Oregon, the seat of Multnomah County, located at the confluence of the impressively beautiful Columbia and Willamette Rivers. This city is home to iconic parks, stunning viewpoints that make a visitor’s visit memorable. Portland offers a blend of the urban venture in an untouched outdoor setting. It is one of a few cities in the world that may provide urban living along with abundant recreational opportunities.
Getting around Portland is very easy. The city’s MAX Light Rail system offers an environmentally-friendly way to see downtown and beyond. The Green and Yellow Line routes connect to the Amtrak Union Station. Bike-friendly roads with more than 300 miles of bike boulevards make cycling one of the best ways to get around the city.
Portland is also known as 'The City of Roses’, or 'Rose City'; a name first noted in the history books in 1888 by a group of visitors who showed up to an Episcopal Church convention in the area. The reference to the beautiful flower in the many nicknames given to the region is unsurprising, given that Portland’s west coast climate makes it an ideal spot for growing roses.
Portland is a key place in the state of Oregon. It’s a warm and welcoming place made up of a number of stunning outdoor parks and gardens, that also houses a variety of indoor attractions for all ages. There are many unique, family-friendly attractions including a zoo, museums, and outdoor festivals. It doesn’t matter where your dreams take you, you can always find something amazing and worth passing your time when you venture into this magical area.
The history of the city as we know it today dates back to 1845 when a European community, that occupied the land around the Willamette River, gave Massachusetts man Asa Lovejoy and Maine-born Francis Pettygrove the task of naming the territory. The two of them flipped a coin in order to decide on whether to call it Boston or Portland. Pettygrove won the toss, and within six years the region became a thriving city. Portland now houses over 600,000 residents and is the largest city in the state of Oregon.
The Portland metro area or Greater Portland is a large metropolitan region containing 7 counties: Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill in Oregon; Clark and Skamania Counties in Washington. According to U.S. Census Bureau, Greater Portland population is estimated at 2.4 million residents in 2015. The growth rate is 1.72 percent which means the population grows by 111 residents a day, or 40,621 people a year.
The best ways to see Portland is a walking tour of the downtown, Historic Old Town, Pearl District, and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. A free Walking Tour Map is available at Portland's Visitor Information Center in the Pioneer Courthouse Square, Amtrak Station, or download from website Travel Portland.
To see Portland's top attractions you can join Big Pink Trolley Sightseeing Tour.
Getting Around Portland
Portland has extensive public transportation including buses, streetcars, and MAX light-rail trains. TriMet agency that operates the city's transit offers easy-to-use navigational planner. This tool helps to find the fastest route from point 1 to point 2, offering three routes' options and listing fares for the trips. Use the website Portland Streetcar to get info about streetcar routes.
Getting to Portland
Portland is home to Portland International Airport (PDX) that serves international and domestic airlines. Located 10 miles northeast of downtown, the airport is linked to the city center by Red Line of MAX light-rail. Trains depart every 15 minutes between 5 am and midnight. It takes approximately 40 minutes to get to Portland downtown.
Built in 1896, Union Station serves three Amtrak passenger trains:
- Amtrak Cascades (Eugene - Seattle)
- Coast Starlight (Los Angeles - Seattle)
- Empire Builder (Portland - Chicago)
Union Station is located next to the Broadway Bridge, on the northwest side of Old Town Chinatown. The station is connected to the downtown via the Green and Yellow lines of MAX.
Bus companies offer convenient and affordable transportation to different locations of Oregon and Washington.
- Founded in 1914, Greyhound is the largest intercity bus transportation provider, offering more than 3,800 destinations across the United States and Canada.
- BoltBus is a Greyhound entity, which provides an inexpensive bus transportation in Northeast and Western regions of North America.
- Cascades POINT is serving trips between Portland and Eugene daily.
- NorthWest POINT offers trips between Portland and Astoria twice per day.
- The Wave is serving 2 times a day to and from Portland and coastal cities, including Oceanside, Cannon Beach, and Lincoln City.
- CC Rider - weekday service from Portland to St. Helens and Astoria.
- Central Oregon Breeze is serving trips between Portland and Bend daily (with twice-daily service during peak season).
Portland and Sights
Portland is the largest city in Oregon, the seat of Multnomah County, located at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers...
Portland - Oregon
Region: Portland metro area, U.S.
County: Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas
Population (2015): 632,309
Area: 145 mile2 (376 km2)
Highest Elevation: 1,188 ft (362 м)
Lowest Elevation: 0.6 ft (0.2 м)
Zip Code: 97086-97299
Average Winter T°: 42°F (5.5°C)
Average Summer T° 68°F (20°C)