Portland, Oregon: City of Roses
Portland is called the City of Roses because of the ideal climate for growing the fragrant flowers. It is also called the City of Bridges for the nine bridges that cross the Willamette River. Portland also has a vibrant downtown area with a reproduction of a 15th century Ming-style walled garden and a great Old Town section with Victorian era architecture. A thriving artist culture and a growing restaurant scene not to mention a bunch of microbreweries and the ever popular Pacific salmon round out the Portland experience. I also liked the waterfront, the Northwest District, the University District, etc. So strap on yer roses, kids, because this is PORTLAND.
One of the great things about Portland's downtown is the combination of sophistication and the relaxed vibe that is common to the West Coast.
It's been done.
Portland's tallest, the Wells Fargo Tower.
The Elk Fountain, built in 1852.
sculpture by Seward Johnson.
Pioneer Courthouse (1873)
Portland has been welcoming immigrants from Asia for more than 135 years. This legacy is reflected in the city's Chinatown with its multicolored Chinatown Gate and the Portland Classical Chinese Garden.
: Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and International District
: Belltown and Downtown
: Queen Anne Hill
: Seattle Center and Capitol Hill
: Gas Works Park, Fremont and Ballard