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Portland

With a wide range of visitor attractions, Portland is an ideal destination for both short visits and long stays.

This area of Willamette Valley has nearly 600,000 inhabitants.

Salem, the state capital, is about 45 miles to the southwest of Portland, while Damascus is 13 miles to the southeast.

The Hollywood Theater and the Children's Museum are excellent places to spend some quality time with the kids. Want more? Oaks Amusement Park and North Clackamas Aquatic Park will ensure the good times keep on coming.

At Portland Aquarium, your loved ones can learn about the mysteries of the ocean from the safety of dry land.

Housed in habitats along the pathways of the Oregon Zoo and the Hart's Reptile World, an eclectic mix of animals will keep you enthralled for hours.

To learn more about the art of brewing, take the opportunity to visit the Uptown Market. The well-versed brewmaster will teach you everything you need to know about the different brewing methods that they employ, and what it is that makes these beers so enjoyable!

Buckle up for some high-octane action at the World of Speed, the premier racetrack for motoring fanatics.

There are few travel experiences more delightful than a superb wine. Discover some of the region's finest at the Oak Knoll Winery or the Cooper Mountain Vineyards. Ready for the next stop? The Domaine Drouhin Oregon and the St. Josef's Winery are favorites around here.

Interested in learning about some of the local plant species? Spend a morning at the International Rose Test Garden or the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. The Peninsula Park Rose Garden and the Leach Botanical Garden are two more popular places to have a stroll around.

Pack a few snacks and take it easy for a while in the quiet, green surroundings of the Portland Japanese Garden and Pioneer Courthouse Square. Tom McCall Waterfront Park and Grant Park are two more excellent places to while away a lazy afternoon over a good book.

Find out what's going on in Portland at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center and Hillside Park Community Center. You should also pick up some pamphlets and maps at Sellwood Community Center or Portland Temple Visitors' Center.

Watch on as the water flows off the edge of Willamette Falls into the swirling pool below. Latourell Falls is also much-loved for its untamed vistas.

Switch off your phone and have a break from the noise of the modern world at Hoyt Arboretum and World Forestry Center. Nature enthusiasts will also have a terrific time at Cook Park and Molalla River State Park.

Grab a friend and explore some of the favored cultural institutions in the area. The Museum of Contemporary Craft and the Oregon Rail Heritage Center offer a range of collections that are bound to spark your curiosity. The Canby Depot Museum and the Portland Police Museum are also worthwhile.

Those travelers interested in seafaring traditions should organize a visit to the Oregon Maritime Museum or the Oregon Maritime Center and Museum.

Scientific research is always evolving. Explore the latest in scientific discovery at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Mt Hood Community College Planetarium. Haggart Observatory and C & K's Flower Garden are also good options to check out.

The wonderful specimens at the World Forestry Discovery Museum aren't just heaps of fun to look at. They also play a vital role in our understanding of the natural world.

Want to check out some art? You'll discover galleries of all sizes here. Pay a visit to the Portland Art Museum and the Attic Gallery for some great examples of what this creative city has to offer. The Elizabeth Leach Gallery and the Blackfish Gallery are also well worth a browse if you can fit them in.

The past comes alive at the Oregon Historical Society Museum and the Oregon Jewish Museum thanks to their wide range of thoughtful exhibits. Like the sound of those? Continue your journey at the Museum of the Oregon Territory or the Wells Fargo History Museum.

Learn more about this area's past with a visit to the Portlandia or Pittock Mansion, just a couple of the interesting historic sites here. You might also like to take a few photos at Portland City Hall and Portland Building.

Don't miss a visit to Sellwood Bridge and Hawthorne Bridge, proud examples of civil engineering. You're sure to enjoy the view! You could also pass by Burnside Bridge or Steel Bridge and gaze down dreamily upon the distant waters underneath.

Whether you're a spiritual person or not, you're sure to enjoy a visit to Grotto and St. James Lutheran Church. Old Church and First Immanuel Lutheran Church are also popular holy places.

Once you've ticked off the star attractions around Portland, consider visiting a few of its lesser-known gems. The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and the Live Laugh Love Glass are certainly worth a look. Also, contemplate a visit to Morrison Bridge and Lovejoy Fountain if you have time.


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AU$86
Red Lion Hotel Portland Airport

Red Lion Hotel Portland Airport

7101 NE 82nd Ave, Portland
3.6
of 5, from 4,689 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Guests on the go appreciate the hotel's complimentary, 24-hour airport shuttle and a convenient location about 5 miles from Lloyd Center shopping and 8 miles from downtown Portland.

AU$82
Ramada Portland Airport

Ramada Portland Airport

6221 NE 82nd Ave, Portland
3.1
of 5, from 5,155 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

The Ramada Portland Airport is a half-mile from the Colwood National Golf Club and 1.5 miles from Portland International Airport.

AU$113
Staypineapple at Hotel Rose

Staypineapple at Hotel Rose

50 SW Morrison Street, Portland
4.3
of 5, from 2,839 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Set across from the Willamette River and Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and river walk, this 5-story hotel is 4 blocks from downtown's Pioneer Place.

AU$149
Hotel Modera

Hotel Modera

515 Southwest Clay St, Portland
4.4
of 5, from 3,030 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Downtown boutique hotel adjacent to light rail; close to Tom McCall Waterfront Park; within 4 blocks of Portland Art Museum.

The Fulton House Bed and Breakfast

The Fulton House Bed and Breakfast

7006 SW Virginia Ave, Portland
5.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Portland, this bed & breakfast is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Sellwood Bridge and within 3 mi (5 km) of Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Portland State University. Tom McCall Waterfront Park is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.

AU$123
Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach

Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach

909 N Hayden Island Dr, Portland
4.0
of 5, from 2,709 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This smoke-free Portland hotel, overlooking the Columbia River, is 2 blocks from the Jantzen Beach SuperCenter. The Oregon Convention Center, Rose Garden, and downtown Portland are within 8 miles.

AU$168
The Benson, a Coast Hotel

The Benson, a Coast Hotel

309 SW Broadway, Portland
4.3
of 5, from 3,194 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Built in 1913, this hotel is 4 blocks from Pioneer Square, MAX light rail trains, downtown shopping, and Pearl District shops, galleries, and restaurants. The Portland Center for the Performing Arts is nearby.

AU$93
University Place Hotel & Conference Center

University Place Hotel & Conference Center

310 SW Lincoln Street, Portland
3.2
of 5, from 1,859 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Dreamer, Portland State University, and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Pioneer Courthouse Square and Oregon Museum of Science and Industry are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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