Portland is the biggest city in the whole state of Oregon. At the dawn of the 20th century, this city was actually considered one of the more dangerous port cities all around the world, as racketeering and organized crime had gotten quite common. That reputation is now a thing of the past. As a matter of fact, this city has actually been voted as one of the top 10 most popular cities in all the United States.
The first thing that you can do is to attend a Portland Trailblazers game. The city loves this franchise considering how it’s the only major league franchise in the state of Oregon, as any hockey, baseball, or football you find will either be collegiate or minor league. From late October to April or even May, depending on how deep into the playoffs they go, you can go watch Damien Lillard and C.J. McCollum lead their team against the best of the Western Conference of the NBA.
Mt. Hood might not be a name you know, but you’ll probably recognize it for being the snow-capped peak that towers in the background over so many photos and images of Portland over the years. There’s quite a bit of great hiking or scenic driving in that direction, and the area is known for some stunning waterfalls.
Back in the city, you might want to check out the historic Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. It originally included the first planetarium anywhere in the Northwest with a show lasting 20 minutes. The local government stepped in to prevent the home originally housing the museum from being demolished. A new museum opened back in 1958 thanks to 400 volunteers. This popular museum sees more than a million annual visitors.
Another place that you should see Washington Park. This huge 410-acre space of land is home to quite a few of Portland’s best attractions, including an arboretum, Japanese Gardens, a children’s museum, and a zoo. If you don’t want to spend time at these attractions, you can also enjoy picnic areas, tennis courts, playgrounds, and wild forest you can explore. 15 miles of jogging and walking trails connect to places like Council Crest, Forest Park, and Pittock Mansion.
Oregon Zoo might be the state’s most famous attraction. It opened back in 1888 when someone who privately collected animals chose to donate them all the city. The modern zoo has nearly 2,000 animals ranging across more than 200 species. 10 percent of those species are threatened or endangered, and there is a breeding program for every one to help with their survival.