Planning a trip to Portland, Oregon? Think carefully about a cultural travel itinery before taking your trip or vacation. Portland has a unique and diverse history. It has so much more to offer than just towering buildings, flowered gardens, monuments, grassy parks and tall trees.
The city has a vibrancy that is similar in to New York, but still so West coast. Portland's cultural area runs between Salmon/Market streets (south to north), Tenth/Broadway avenues (west to east), a courthouse and the main library. Meander in and out of the smaller roadways enroute to find hidden museums, art galleries and theaters.
Traditional Portland festivals are another must see – street entertainment, free food and plenty of fun for all. Portland has taken the country fairs of old and spread them out across the areas. The most recommended include the Portland Arts Festival (June) and the Caribbean Carifest (July). Also check out the many events put on during lunchtimes by the local performing arts center – brown baggers.
Finally, take a tour of the stained glass windows designed by David Povey. Local churches, homes and even restaurants have a colorful display that are worth a peek. More information can be obtained from local tourism offices.