There as some parts of Portland that just have more going on that is interesting then others. Planned or unplanned these clusters offer a visitor a lot to see and do when you have a limited amount of time. The following are cluster tours you might find interesting.
Cluster 1: Washington Park
This is a place where our forefathers got it right. Someone talk the city into buying what was viewed worthless land at the edge of the city back in the 1800’s and it has become a show piece for a number of attractions. During the summer there is a park bus that runs between many of the attractions.
Gardens in the park – Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Hoyt Arboretum
Remembrance – Holocaust Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Coming of White Man, Sacogowia, Lewis and Clark Memorial
Kids Day – Oregon Zoo, Forestry Center, Children Museum, Play Ground
Cluster 2: Downtown – SW Water Front
The SW Water Front is where Portland began. It was an open clearing where you could pull your canoe out and stretch your legs. Now it contains a waterfront park, Historic buildings, selfie spots and a number of attractions you can visit.
Attractions – Water Front Park, Saturday Market, Portland Maritime Museum, Mill End Park, Historic Store front walk, Ankeny Plaza, Portland Outdoor Store, Popular Selfies Spot, Food, Voodoo Doughnuts.
Cluster 3: South Park Block
SE Park Block is more of the cultural area. It is just up and over from shopping, theater, business and transitions into more residential. The south end of the park leads to University of Portland. You will find here:
Portland Art Museum, Oregon Historical Society Museum, PSU Campus, Farmer Market, Statues, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Food Carts, Theater, Shopping, restaurants
Cluster 4: South East Waterfront
The SE Water Front remains in transition all through a lot of change has already occurred. This was one of Portland’s old warehouse and industrial areas. As the artsy, crafty, entrepreneurials were priced out of the Pearl they started moving into this area. It is now a mixed neighborhood that is becoming more gentrified. The cheaper land and renewal dollars pouring into this area has developed a number of attractions to see.
East Bank Esplanade, OMSI, Oregon Rail Heritage Museum, Tillikan Crossing, Tram, Train Ride, Oaks Park, shops, food
Cluster 5: Vancouver/Fort Vancouver
Fort Vancouver is where settlement of the Oregon Country began. A rundown mill town Vancouver is now showing some real transformation. They now have a number of old and new attractions to see in the old downtown area. And finally some nice micro brew pubs.
HBC Fort Vancouver, Vancouver Barracks, Pearson Air Museum, Vancouver Waterfront Park, Vancouver Walk, Memorial Wall, Farmers Market, The Academy, Glass Blowing, Restaurants
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