Other Portland area attractions

Portland Oregon Zoo

The Portland Oregon Zoo is one of the best in the nation. It has five major exhibit area featuring different ecological areas of the world, including 23 specialized areas. It is host to a multitude of native flora as well as over 1000 exotic plants. More information on the zoo is available at their web site.

Portland Aerial Tram

An aerial tramway between the city's South Waterfront district and the main Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) campus, located in the Marquam Hill neighborhood is one of only two commuter aerial tramways in the United States. More information here.

Powell's City of Books

From Wikipedia:

Powell's Books is a chain of bookstores in PortlandOregon, and its surrounding metropolitan area. Powell's headquarters, dubbed Powell's City of Books, claims to be the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world. Powell's City of Books is located in the Pearl District on the edge of downtown and occupies a full city block between NW 10th and 11th Avenues and between W. Burnside and NW Couch Streets. It contains over 68,000 square feet (6,300 m2), about 1.6 acres of retail floor space. CNN rates it one of the ten "coolest" bookstores in the world. The City of Books has nine color-coded rooms and over 3,500 different sections.

Read more about Powell's here.

Multnomah Falls

Fed by underground springs from Larch Mountain, this is one of the best places in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area to study geology exposed by floods. The NGRC layout tour bus will include a brief stop here on Wednesday. Visit the USDA web site about Multnomah Falls.

Mount St. Helens

Numerous viewpoints and miles of trails have been created for you to explore by car and foot. During the summer Forest Service interpreters lead a wide range of activities, from short walks to amphitheater presentations, to help you understand and enjoy this area. Visit the USDA web site about Mount St. Helens.

Japanese Garden

From the Portland Japanese Garden web site:

“Everyone needs a Japanese Garden.”

— Sadafumi Uchiyama, Garden Curator

What else fascinating can we say. See their web site for info and some fascinating pictures.

Forest Park

From their web site:

"At 5,200 acres, Portland's Forest Park is one of the largest urban forests in the United States. With more than 80 miles of trails, fire lanes and forest roads, Forest Park stretches for more than seven miles along the eastern slope of the Tualatin Mountains, overlooking Northwest Portland and the convergence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Forest Park offers an unparalleled opportunity for visitors to experience a true Northwest forest without leaving the Portland city limits."

More information on their web site.

And other things to do and places to visit.

Find out what TIME magazine says are the top ten things to do and places to visit in the Portland area.

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