Cities and Towns of Portland and Vicinity
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Portland's attractiveness as a premier destination spot includes the rich diversity of its outlying districts. Surrounding the downtown area is a composite of small, intriguing cities and neighborhoods, each with its own unique flavor and historical relevance. Exploring the surrounding environs can offer hours, if not days of enjoyment, especially for visitors who enjoy delving into the history and cultural diversity of the Northwest.
The town of Beaverton, eight miles southwest of Portland on Highway 217, is home to more than 90 different parks, bike and hiking trails, including the Progress Downs Municipal 18-hole golf course.
Milwaukie, known as the "City of Dogwoods," is nestled between the city of Portland and historic Oregon City at the junction of Highways 99E and 224. Recreational opportunities include whitewater kayaking, fishing, hiking, and mountain biking. The popular Milwaukie River Fest features Dragon Boat races, live music and Independence Day celebrations. An authentic World War II B17G bomber gives tribute to the men and women who served in WWII.
Oregon City was once the territorial capital of Oregon. The Clackamas County Historical Society Museum, Stevens-Crawford Museum and the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center all highlight the courageous life of early 19th-century pioneers.
Lake Oswego, located 10 miles south of Portland on the west bank of the Willamette River, can be reached by trolley from Portland. The town offers a walking tour of well-preserved Gothic, Craftsman, Vernacular, English Cottage and Colonial Revival architecture.
Gresham, known as the "City of Music," marking the northwest outskirts of Portland, is home to the world famous Mt. Hood Jazz Festival. Gresham's proximity to the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood National Forest provides excellent opportunities for numerous outdoor activities, such as wind surfing, camping, biking and cross-country skiing.
Portland International Airport. Located 30 minutes from downtown Portland. 7000 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97218. Phone: 503-460-4234; Toll-free: 1-800-815-4636.
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Quick Escapes From Portland, OR: The Best Weekend Getaways by Chris Cunningham. We've done the planning. You do the packing. When you only have a few days to get away, why spend half your time preparing? Quick Escapes frees you from the details and puts you on the road to a good time. Order now...
Moon Portland, 2nd Edition (Moon Handbooks) by Hollyanna McCollom. This longtime resident covers the best of the Portland area featuring the most popular sights. This guide has expert tips on the best dining including different cuisines, plus the best bars and nightclubs. Order now...
Fodor's In Focus Portland, 2nd Edition by Fodor's. Fodor's choice ratings you can trust. Exceptional restaurants, hotels, and sights selected to help you make the best choices. Simple pleasures. Embrace the local scene as you sip a local microbrew, stroll through Washington Park, or dine on the freshest regional fare at great restaurants. Order now...
Best Places Portland by Elizabeth Lopeman. The guide includes information on walking tours, the arts, shopping with a focus on locally owned stores, nightlife and updated reviews of restaurants, hotels, brewpubs and wine bars. Order now...
Frommer's Portable Portland, 6th Edition by Karl Samson. Whether at the International Rose Test Garden or in search of the city's best microbrew, our expert author guides you to your best Portland experience. Included are detailed maps, candid reviews of hotels and restaurants, plus sights, shopping, and nightlife, exact prices, directions, opening hours, and other practical information. Order now...
eat.shop portland: A Curated Guide of Inspired and Unique Locally Owned Eating and Shopping Establishments by Jon Hart and Kaie Wellman. Focusing exclusively on locally owned restaurants and stores, these modern city-guides features businesses to represent the crème de la crème beloved by both locals and tourists. The overall selection presents a fresh and unexpected look at each city, highlighting an exciting array of neighborhoods. Order now...
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