Portland offers the visitor a wealth of attractions and experiences, from cultural and historic to hands-on and avant-garde. Alongside the built environment are Portland’s myriad beloved parks, which range from meticulously tended to sprawling and untamed. Portland has all the amenities you expect from a city, but with a healthy dose of the great outdoors.
Before you arrive, contact Travel Portland (1000 SW Broadway, Suite 2300, Portland, OR 97205, 503/275-9750 or 800/962-3700, www.travelportland.com) for free maps and their informative magazine-like publication Travel Portland.
Familiarizing yourself with directional reference points will help you smoothly navigate the city. The line of demarcation between north and south in addresses is Burnside Street; between east and west it’s the Willamette River. These give reference points for the address prefixes southwest, southeast, north, northwest, and northeast. Avenues run north–south and streets run east–west.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel