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Attractions in Portland

The Pearl District of Portland, Oregon represents a reclamation less than 20 years old, but it has become a nationally-recognized art district. Outstanding restaurants and a vibrant cultural scene attract the young and hip into its enclaves. For easy access, Portland's trolley runs right through the district.

If you are lucky enough to visit the Pearl District, don't miss the two parks that were famous almost as soon as they were built. Tanner Springs Park features a creek and wetlands that were actually re-created to provide an attractive landscape for an urban walking trail. Jamison Square, which is often host to cultural events, features a unique fountain in the center. The fountain was designed to look like a tidal pool. Adding to the illusion, artificial waterfalls periodically fill the pool and then drain away excess water.

Portland Center Stage is a professional theater that makes it home in the Gerding Theater at the Armory. This Pearl District jewel offers a blend of contemporary, historical and musical theater along with improv nights and other special events. Built in 1891, the Armory still wears its stunning brick facade thanks to careful historic preservation. Inside it is now a LEED-certified building with theaters and stunning public spaces.

If you've made it to Portland, you must see three flowering treasures. The Lan Su Chinese Garden was built in Ming Dynasty style. As you might expect, it is dotted with covered walks, beautiful pavilions, elegant bridges and stunning garden plantings around a lovely lake. For more visions of peaceful tranquility, visit the Portland Japanese Garden. You'll find 5 acres of perfectly balanced plantings, streams and walkways. Make sure to take time for the authentic Tea House. In Washington Park, you'll find the fabulous Rose Test Garden. It is home to 8,000 roses at its peak.

For fun at a price you can decide for yourself, visit these three fixtures: the Portland Saturday Market, the Portland Farmer's Market and Powell's City of Books. The Saturday Market offers free live music, flavorful food choices and handmade originals. The Farmer's Market is considered one of the best in the nation, and you can enjoy munching on fresh fruits and veggies. Powell's is literally an entire city block. Its color-coded rooms are perfect for browsing and possibly buying one of the 1.5 million new and used books.

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