City Orientation Walk (Self Guided), Portland

The largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon, Portland sits on the banks of two rivers (Columbia and Willamette) and is renowned for its eco-friendly approach manifested in lots of parks, bridges and cycling paths. It is also home to beautiful urban architecture and theme museums. These and other attractions have made up this orientation tour.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: USA » Portland (See other walking tours in Portland)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Author: Daniel
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Pioneer Courthouse Square

1) Pioneer Courthouse Square

Pioneer Courthouse Square, also known as Portland's living room, is a public space occupying a full 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2) city block in the center of downtown Portland, Oregon, United States. Opened in 1984, the square is bounded by Southwest Morrison Street on the north, Southwest 6th Avenue on the east, Southwest Yamhill Street on the south, and Southwest Broadway on the west.

On Morrison and Yamhill streets (the north and south boundaries of the square) are sheltered MAX Light Rail stops. On the north side is an artistic feature, consisting of towering classical columns which progressively topple over like those of an ancient ruin. There are outdoor chess tables on some of the toppled columns; chess players frequently congregate there during the day. A fountain, taking the form of a cascading waterfall, on the west side of the square frames the entrance to a public information center and TriMet ticket office. The center of the square is arranged like an amphitheater, with a semicircle of approximately two dozen steps serving as seats when the square is used for musical performances or other events.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Oregon Historical Society Museum

2) Oregon Historical Society Museum (must see)

The Oregon Historical Society Museum is a history museum housed at the Oregon History Center in downtown Portland. The museum was created in 1898 and house about 44,000 visitors annually. It houses the Portland Penny that decided the city’s name. This 1835 copper penny was flipped to decide between the names of Boston and Portland, with Portland as the winner.

The museum contains over 85,000 artifacts relating to the history of the region, and is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Artifacts include Captain Robert Gray's storage chest from aboard the Columbia Rediviva, a 10,000 year old sandal, memorabilia from the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, Native American artifacts, a miniature vehicle collection, and many everyday items from jars to dresses.

Permanent exhibits at the museum include: Oregon My Oregon; Battleship Oregon: Bulldog of the Navy; and Oregon Art. The Oregon History Center also contains the society’s research library and historic photograph collection. Additionally, the museum store sells items such as books and history memorabilia. The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Portland Art Museum

3) Portland Art Museum (must see)

The Portland Art Museum was founded in 1892, making it the oldest art museum on the West Coast and seventh oldest in the United States. Upon completion of the most recent renovations, the Portland Art Museum became one of the twenty-five largest art museums in the United States, at a total of 240,000 square feet (22,000 m²). The permanent collection has more than 42,000 works of art, and at least one major traveling exhibition is presented most of the time.

The Portland Art Museum features a center for Native American art, a center for Northwest art, a center for modern and contemporary art, permanent exhibitions of Asian art, and an outdoor public sculpture garden. The Northwest Film Center is also a component of Portland Art Museum. The museum was founded in late 1892 when seven leaders from Portland's business and cultural institutions signed the letters of incorporation creating the Portland Art Association. The goal of the Association was to create a first-class art museum that would be accessible to all citizens.

The museum purchased its first collection of some one hundred plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculptures with its first gift from prominent local citizen Henry Corbett, who donated $10,000 for the acquisition. The museum's final location opened to the public on November 18, 1932, at the corner of SW Park Avenue and Jefferson Street. The building, designed by noted Portland architect Pietro Belluschi, is situated along downtown Portland's South Park Blocks and remains a landmark in the city's Cultural District.

Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Thursday & Friday: 10 am - 8 pm; Sunday: 12 am - 8 pm.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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St. James Lutheran Church

4) St. James Lutheran Church

St. James Lutheran Church was the first English-speaking Lutheran Church in Oregon and had its beginning in 1890 in a modest wooden chapel on the corner of SW Park and Jefferson streets in downtown Portland. Over a century later, several changes have taken place. The church has grown from the small, ascetic edifice to a building complex that covers over half of a city block. The Pioneer Chapel was raised in 1891 and the main sanctuary was finished in 1907. The education building was built in 1956. And, finally, the St. James Apartment complex was completed in 1994. Over the years St. James grew not only in size, but in reaching its goal of helping people find themselves.
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Wells Fargo Center

5) Wells Fargo Center

We present you the tallest building in Portland and the State of Oregon. The tower has 546 feet height with 40 floors of available office surface.

The tower is the regional headquarter of the Wells Fargo Bank and the main lobby is home to a genuine 1870 Wells Fargo Stagecoach.

Marble is the keyword for the architectural style of this huge building. The exterior is made of columns of black glass divided by columns of white marble from bottom to top.
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KOIN Center

6) KOIN Center

"The Mechanical Pencil", as it's often called, the KOIN Center is the proof how broadcasting companies can affect the city's shape through architecture. The name comes from the most prominent TV company that it hosts, KOIN television.

It's construction rose controversy through locals, since it blocks the view to Mount Hood, the mountain near Portland, but also in time it became one of the city icons.

KOIN Center is the third tallest building in Portland.
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Oregon Maritime Museum‎

7) Oregon Maritime Museum‎ (must see)

If you want to know more about the rich river history of Oregon, the Oregon Maritime Museum‎ is where you should visit. Portland was initially founded as a river port, and this museum demonstrates the vital importance of the past, present and future maritime heritage of Oregon.
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Lan Su Chinese Garden

8) Lan Su Chinese Garden (must see)

A Ming Dynasty style garden, it's the place in Portland to find peace and harmony. It's construction finished on September 14, 2000, due to the sisterhood of Portland and Suzhou, though efforts were made before too. You will find there a teahouse built by chinese artisans, an artificial lake and over 400 species of chinese flora. It's said that having a walk there, you won't find two places the same.

Walking Tours in Portland, Oregon

Create Your Own Walk in Portland

Create Your Own Walk in Portland

Creating your own self-guided walk in Portland is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Galleries Walk in Portland, Part 1

Galleries Walk in Portland, Part 1

Portland is known for a number of fascinating galleries that have garnered world-wide attention in recent years. Visitors to the city will have an opportunity to admire artworks by both emerging young artists and world-known masters. Take this walking tour to visit some of Portland's most popular galleries.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Religious Buildings Tour in Portland

Religious Buildings Tour in Portland

There are about 500 churches in Portland. This fact testifies to the remarkably high level of religious tolerance in the city. Take the following tour to experience some of the most beautiful and remarkable churches in Portland!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Galleries Walk in Portland, Part 2

Galleries Walk in Portland, Part 2

This tour is for those who love to surround themselves with art. In the galleries of Portland you may see masterpieces ranging from contemporary art to traditional fine art, glass art, prints, paintings, sculpture, fine art photography and other types of visual art. So, take this tour to explore the wonderful range of Portland's galleries.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Museums of Portland

Museums of Portland

Portland offers visitors a considerable array of museums to visit and enjoy. Safeguarding important artifacts, telling the stories of the area's past and current inhabitants, and highlighting aspects of life in Portland, the museums on this next walking tour are certain to entertain and educate you.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.8 km
Family Entertainment Tour

Family Entertainment Tour

For many years Portland has been famous for the development of its parks, forest areas and green spaces for the benefit of people who love and understand the value of nature. Sharing Portland's nature with your family will lead to the creation of treasured memories. Take this tour to meet the inhabitants of the Oregon Zoo, to see the smile on your child's face at the Portland...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km