Moving to Portland? Located in the picturesque Pacific Northwest along the banks of the Willamette River, the Portland area was one of the destinations of the Oregon Trail. Themigration westalong the famous trail began in 1843, and many ended up all the wayin the WillametteValley in searchof farmland. Since 1888, Portland has also gone by the name “Rose City,” because of its ideal climate for growing roses and for its many rose gardens…the International Rose Test Garden e ven makes its home here. Today over half a million people called Portlandhome, and many others visit every year to see this unique part of the country.
When people think of Portland, they think of the outdoors…Outside magazine even named Portland one of “The 10 Greatest Places to Live.” There are no shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy, and you can start by finding a local park, botanical garden or playground of the Portland Parks & Recreation. The city puts on summer concerts and show movies in many of its parks, encouraging residents to get out and enjoy their natural surroundings. The Portland Japanese Gardens are 5.5 acres of natural gardens displayed in five distinct garden styles (Flat Garden, Strolling Pond Garden, Tea Garden, Natural Garden, and Sand & Stone Garden). The Portland Saturday Market is one of the largest outdoor arts & crafts market in the country, where you can find anything from metal sculptures to baby products to paper goods…and an international food court.
The arts are extremely popular in Portland, which is highlighted in the Pearl District – a neighborhood of restaurants, galleries, art dealers, shops, spas, hotels and more. This is also the location of two of the cities art schools – The Art Institute of Portland and the Pacific Northwest College of Art. The Portland Art Museum, the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest, features a large collection of arts, and frequently has special exhibits, lectures, art classes and gallery talks.
Portland hosts a variety of exciting sporting events, including NBA basketball, pre-NHL hockey, minor league baseball, A-League soccer, and more. The ultra-modern Rose Garden Arena is home to the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, the Portland Winter Hawks hockey team, the Portland LumberJax indoor lacrosse team, and a wide range of concerts and special events. You’ll also fine Portland’s loyal and enthusiastic sports fans at the newly renovated PGE Park. Whether it’s Triple-A baseball’s Portland Beavers (an affiliate of the San Diego Padres) or A-League soccer’s Portland Timbers, there’s always something going on at the historic arena. Speed is the name of the game for fans at Portland International Raceway – from bicycle racing to drag racing to sports car racing, you’re sure to get an adrenaline rush. Place your bets at the Portland Meadows race track, where the motto is “You really should bet every day. Otherwise you could be walking around lucky and never know it.”