Water Front Park, Portland
The Tom McCall Waterfront Park, named after a former Oregon governor, borders the west side of the Willamette River. It's a great place to walk, bicycle, people watch, or just hang out on the grass.
Several Portland festivals, like the Blues Festival, are held in the park, and it's a popular place for families on weekends.
The day we were there, some young artists were making chalk drawings on the pavement.
Every year the biggest Microbrew festival takes place in Portland at the Waterfront Park. Breweries from all over the country bring their beer for you to sample. There are dozens. You can get Ginger beer from Hawaii to Cherry Stout from Virginia. Many brew pubs from Portland are also there, of course.
In my pictures there is a program of all the breweries that attended in 2007.
My advice is to go early and go on the first or second day. At night it gets very very crowded and rowdy. Plus they run out of beers. If you are serius about beer tasting, go early.
There are plenty of food booths also with seating, there is seating under the tents where the beer is also.
It's usually 2 cans of food for the food bank to enter
Tom McCall Waterfront Park: This is a 22 block park!
It is on the water front so awesome view! The park hosts many events and festivals such as the Rose Festival, the Bite, the largest US Brewers' Festival and the Blues Festival. Also tons of art work all over the park bike trails! .......
Forest Park:the park is a mecca for hikers, cyclists and any outdoorsy person! One word BEAUTIFUL! Green green and more green which is what Oregon is all about! .......
They say every city has a heart, well Pioneer Courthouse Square is certainly the hear of Portland!
A giant piazza that is considerd by many experts an architectural wonder.I love the Roman columns. An amphitheater where musical concerts take place! ONE WORD OF CAUTION: watch out for the weather machine!!Just make sure you are around when the clock hits 12pm! :).......
Bonneville Dam: The perfect place to watch Salmon and steel heads moving up the river! Great scneic view! Are you feeling stressed out with all the walking and beer you have been drinking and your mother in law? If yes, then you need to head to Breitenbush Hot Springs retreat center! A Spa like that is really amazing. You will certainly relax and feel brand new!
Portland is famous because of the Rose Festival and it is commemorated here at the Watefront Park. This is like what venice beach is to los angeles so the center of festivals, event, parties, etc in the portland area is here. there are also restaurants, bars and shopping areas in it so you can enjoy the atmosphere.
Portland has a nice park along the waterfront of the Willamette River downtown. It is right along the Old Town shore of the river, once a busy commercial area and a heart of the city's early economic activity.
There is plenty of grass for kids to run in, or to relax, plus walking and bicycle paths, sculptures, etc.
See the second photo for the full and official story. According to Guinness, Mills Run Park is the world's smallest, located not too far from the river in Portland. I happened across it as I was leaving one of the amazing Saturday markets on my way to OMSI (the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) to see the BodyWorld exhibit. The park's decorations have changed throughout the years, and various figurines and plants have come and gone. I wouldn't say it's the most exciting thing to see, but for those interested in world-record superlatives, it's another one to add to the list.
After "The Grill" dinner it is very nice to find your way to Water Front Park. It is close... Just couple of blocks. Fresh air and beautiful view of the river. Not much people over there. Plenty of air and green grass.
So Portland moved a freeway to build a park! How many cities can say that? This park is emensely popular with pedestrians, cyclists and skaters. You'll see business people taking lunch strolls and homeless people watching the world go by (they tend to be harmless and placid). In the spring the pink blossoms on the cherry trees are beautiful! From May through to the fall the park hosts events including Cinco de Mayo fair, a beer festival, gay/lesbian pride, the Rose Festival, and the Blues Festival. Many people miss the sublime Japanese American Historical Plaza on the north end of the park. On the south end by the marina you'll find a bustling little shopping and dining zone. If walking the 22 block length of the park isnt' enough, you can cross over either the Hawthorne Bridge or the lower level of the Steel Bridge and walk along the East Bank Esplanade.
This park runs for 22 blocks along the Willamette River. In warmer weather many events are held here, such as the Waterfront Blues Festival. There is a nice paved path for walking, biking or rollerblading. It is also located close to many downtown restaurants.
The Marina area is a beautiful spot to walk around. There are some great shops and plenty of good restaurants.