The flagship location on Burnside (on the northern fringe of downtown Portland) contains more than a million individual volumes.
Four satellite locations serve outlying branches across the Portland metro area; the entire enterprise employs upwards of 500 people.
The attractions and points of interest that I didn’t have time to visit have been thoroughly researched (again, thanks in part to Travel Portland) and won’t blow a hole through your travel budget.
Portland won’t celebrate its 200th birthday until 2045, but that doesn’t mean it’s a historical blank slate.
Oregon’s largest city has seen plenty in its relatively short lifespan.
If you’re interested in learning more about Portland’s historical and cultural journey, check out some of these tourist-friendly sights and attractions.
Then again, the boom is also a gold mine for small entrepreneurs keen on serving hip Portlanders’ insatiable demand for all things local and artisanal – an apparently primal urge skewered to hilarious effect in “Portlandia,” the IFC cult show.I can attest to Lan Su’s quiet power – I meant to zip through in 10 minutes and ended up staying for 30.Located adjacent to the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park, Portland Japanese Garden is a larger, slightly wilder cousin to Lan Su Chinese Garden. Spread along nearly 160 acres of heavily forested West Hills habitat, just above (and north of) the Oregon Zoo and World Forestry Center, Hoyt Arboretum is a nonprofit-run celebration of all things arboreal.Instead of a self-contained block, this space is an irregularly shaped collection of thematic settings: a bonsai display, a meticulously arranged riverine landscape, and a perfectly pruned shrub garden. It contains a host of native and nonnative species – more than 2,000 in all, many of which are marked with helpful Latin and English placards.
Highlights include a towering redwood grove – my personal favorite – and a recently installed bamboo forest that seeks to dispel myths about this invasive-yet-sustainable species.Built in 1914 by Henry Pittock, the publisher of The Oregonian newspaper, and now owned by the city of Portland, Pittock Mansion is a majestic great house that contains a century’s worth of historical and cultural artifacts.