What is there to do and see in Portland?

For the outdoor enthusiasts, activities in Portland include:

Hiking – Portland has consistently ranked as one of America’s best walking cities, featuring dozens of hiking trails with degrees of difficulty ranging from easy to moderate.

Distances range from 1.4 miles (SW Portland’s Marshall Park Hike), to as long as 30 miles in the nation’s largest urban wilderness, Forest Park.
Sources: Portland Hikers.org, Forest Park

Jogging – Pick up the pace and enjoy Portland’s 2.9 mile Waterfront Park Loop Waterfront Park – Eastbank Esplanade Loop

Bicycling – If you’re more of a peddler, bike your way around Portland on the hundreds of miles of bike friendly roads and paths.

Golf – Portland boasts two of Golf Digest’s 75 top rated public golf courses in the nation: Heron Lakes Golf Course and Eastmoreland Golf Course. Another of Portland’s golf boastings is Pumpkin Ridge, 2 miles NW of Portland, which hosted the 2003 U.S. Women’s Open.

Water Sports – Not only does Portland have solid trails and courses it also possess miles of waterways.  Paddle the Willamette River right through downtown Portland in a rented kayak:  Portland Kayak Company. Or have fun exploring one of two (or why not both) of Portland’s protected wildlife sanctuaries, Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge and Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area

If canoeing or kayaking isn’t your thing but you’ve got a hankering to be in the water, perhaps swimming is more to your liking.  The city of Portland offers 13 indoor and outdoor public swimming pools: Portland’s Public Swimming Pools open mid-June to early September.

Portland also offers numerous water parks, fountains and water features to splash in and cool off during the hot summer months.

And, for the person who enjoys indoor entertainment, the Portland Art Museum, offers amazing year -round displays and exhibits which tour nationally and worldwide.  Downtown Portland is a cultural potpourri with places like the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall,  The Portland Symphony, ballet and comedy clubs just to mention a few but for a pretty good overview of what there is to do in Portland, visit the Guardian website as well as Travel Portland…you will not be at a loss for places to visit.

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