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Historical and Cultural

Historical and Cultural
Historical and Cultural

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World renowned as an outdoor haven for hikers and waterfall sightseers, Portland also overflows with a cascade of cultural and historical attractions. The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall welcomes local and international performers while the Oregon Ballet Theatre and Portland Center for the Performing Arts embrace the local performing arts community. Portland is earning worldwide recognition for its classical institutions and boasts a downtown Cultural District and the trendy Pearl District, a place for artists and art lovers alike to explore the arts.

The Pittock Mansion, high in the hills of the City of Roses, is a grand historical home and typifies Portland's commitment to preserving its natural and manmade history. Discover Portland's prominence in America's historic migration to the Pacific Northwest, or drive the Historic Columbia River Highway as it weaves through the Gorge and past waterfalls.

Portland | Historical and Cultural

Fox Tower
  • Fox Tower
  • Dressed in dark blue splendor, Portland's fifth tallest building, Fox Tower, is home to high-end retail stores, a movie theater, and 27 stories of office space.
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Jamison Square
  • Jamison Square
  • Even on the off chance that it isn't raining in Portland, water still splashes from all directions in Jamison Square. Located in the posh Pearl District, this popular town square is built around a fountain with water cascading from stone fixtures into various pools.
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Newberg's 99W Drive-in Theater
  • Newberg's 99W Drive-in Theater
  • It's a blast form the past at the 99W drive-in movie theater in Newberg. Don't be like John Travolta in Grease Lighting and get "stranded at the drive-in, branded a fool," so pack some...
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Oregon Korean War Memorial
  • Oregon Korean War Memorial
  • Standing soberly beneath flags of the United States Armed Forces, a tall black slab of stone immortalizes the names of Oregon's Korean War veterans. Etched in white, each name stands as a testament to the bravery and sacrifice that helped to found and protect the state.
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Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Paul Bunyan Statue
  • Paul Bunyan Statue
  • It's a tall tale that you might have heard – one of a giant lumberjack named Paul Bunyan who had a pet sidekick named Babe the Blue Ox. It seems no one is quite sure if the tale is true folklore or was born from an advertising campaign.
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Pioneer Courthouse Square
  • Pioneer Courthouse Square
  • Portland's foremost outdoor venue, Pioneer Courthouse Square, is fondly referred to as Portland's "living room"and plays host to more than 300 events annually. Situated in the heart of downtown Portland close to popular shopping and hotels, it's one of the city's main attractions.
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Pittock Mansion
  • Pittock Mansion
  • Portland's Pittock Mansion directly transports visitors back to the Rose City of the early 20th century. The three-story mansion includes nearly 23 rooms, each complete with ornate and worldly décor influenced by an eclectic mix of classic Turkish, English and French styles.
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Portland Aerial Tram
  • Portland Aerial Tram
  • The Rose City should be seen from all angles – including extreme heights. The perfect and most affordable way to do so is to take a trip on the Portland Aerial Tram.
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Portlandia Statue
  • Portlandia Statue
  • Wielding a trident that pierces the city sky, a woman, modestly cloaked in the folds of her toga, reaches out to the wandering masses from her perch on the Portland Building.
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The Portland Building
  • The Portland Building
  • "Opening their next clue, [contestants] learned that they needed to travel to downtown Portland, find the Portland Building and a green dinosaur located across the street in the Standard Plaza." This...
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The Rose Garden
  • The Rose Garden
  • "And B-Roy hits another three!" the announcer bursts over the loudspeaker as the Rose Garden's fans jump to their feet in support of their All-Star Trail Blazer guard, Brandon Roy.
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