Quality Inn Downtown Convention Center
431 N.E. Multnomah
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (503) 233-7933
Fax: (360) 282-6133
This complex features the biggest shows and best sports in town. Located near the Oregon Convention Center, see the Portland Trailblazers NBA basketball, concerts with big-name artists, as well as many other exciting events. The area includes the 20,000-seat Moda Center and the 12,000-seat Memorial Coliseum. You will appreciate the prime location, just across the river from downtown. The ticket office, located in the middle of the commons, is a good place to find last-minute tickets and avoid fees.
This newest spectator sport in Portland is catching on like wild fire. See the talented women of the WNBA match up in the Rose Garden Arena, where more than 17,000 seats all offer a good view. The team is part of an expansion in the ever-popular women's basketball league. Games are played from the end of May through August and, if they make the playoffs, into September. Sport the hometown black, red and white and see basketball played as it was intended. There may not be as many dunks, but girls, boys, women and men have to appreciate this talent.
Resembling a community garden you would find in Suzhou, Portland's sister city, Lan Su Chinese Garden is a beautiful green space near the bank of the Willamette River. The garden is complete with winding pathways, gorgeous plants, a lovely teahouse and a convenient store. You can take a tour to get insider knowledge of the garden and try to come during one of their many interesting events, including exhibitions and lectures. This place is a must-visit for its unique beauty.
Portland once had a trolley system nearly as extensive as San Francisco's. A Willamette shoreline and a handful of cars that roll through downtown are all that are left of the late 19th Century line. They are restored now and provide a unique tour of the city. The two-line ride is free in downtown and hits the MAX stops every half-hour. Take the time to ride one instead of walking for a while. It is a nostalgic trip.
If you are looking for something to do, trying to track down an event or just want to learn a bit more about the Rose City, this is a good stop. You will find literature on local museums, sites, shopping and more. Find out about an off-beat tour like the Brew Bus or track down the Rose Festival schedule. The Web site is as good as a visit in person but you are less likely to get local lore.
Relief columns grace the formal entrance of this solemn site located at the south end of the Japanese Memorial at Waterfront Park. Haiku-engraved broken stones and 100 cherry trees line the walk. The plaza recalls the 110,000 Japanese-Americans who were put in internment camps during World War II, and the broken stones represent the broken dreams of these people. Although the stroll or bike ride is a sobering journey, the year-round beauty of the memorial is a testament that we may still learn from our mistakes.
Finished in 1926, this double-leaf, drawspan bridge replaced another bridge that was originally built in 1894. The grand piers sit on timber pilings and are topped with turrets for the bridge operator to see up and down the river. Since the Willamette River is the West-East boundary and the Burnside the North-South divider, the 2,308-foot span marks the center of the city. On the West bank is Waterfront Park, where you will find many of Portland's festivals.
Named for the city of Albina and one of its beloved police officers, this old neighborhood park was acquired in 1940. Known most commonly as Albina Park, it was renamed in 1947 when the community came together to honor former officer Mike Lillis. The park boasts a softball and football field, and playground. Picnic tables are available, although you cannot rent the space for group parties. Perfect for an afternoon nap with shady old growth trees offering protection from the sun. There are no fees to use the park.
Spanning the Willamette River, this old, red bridge connects downtown's Pearl District to the Northeast's Rose Quarter. A pedestrian and bicycle-friendly bridge, it offers a clear view of the Fremont Bridge and Union Station. Stop midway and enjoy scenic sights up and down the river. You can even see Mt. Hood from some spots. This bascule bridge opened for traffic in 1913 and is the seventh longest of its type in the world. The bridge uses counterweights to raise its midsection for passing ships.
Before Pioneer Place, there was this plaza. The original center of downtown Portland, the plaza was alive with business and entertainment and had a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. It got a facelift in the 1980s when MAX, the local light rail, made tracks. The square is busy on weekends now, thanks to the Saturday Market, a city flea market and bazaar. The square, complete with Skidmore Fountain circa 1888, still has a bit of an historic feel.
Fans of romance have to visit this working railway station and work of art. Look for the landmark clock tower peeking out from the silhouettes of the northern bridges and follow it to the brick station that fairly oozes history. The historic station still handles train traffic as a main terminal of the Pacific Northwest.
The rotating milk carton on the roof of Sunshine Dairy has been a Portland landmark since the 1950s. Few things are more soothing than driving along Northeast 21st Avenue and watching the carton spin. According to an inside source at the dairy, the milk carton has been repainted three times to reflect updated carton designs. The latest design incorporates a yellow sun. It will still be a divided carton, two sides painted like whole milk, and two sides nonfat.