Econo Lodge Convention Center
305 N. Broadway
Portland, OR 97227
Phone: (503) 284-5181
Fax: (503) 287-9711
This complex features the biggest shows and best sports in town. Located near the Oregon Convention Center, see the Portland Trailblazers NBA basketball, concerts with big-name artists, as well as many other exciting events. The area includes the 20,000-seat Moda Center and the 12,000-seat Memorial Coliseum. You will appreciate the prime location, just across the river from downtown. The ticket office, located in the middle of the commons, is a good place to find last-minute tickets and avoid fees.
This newest spectator sport in Portland is catching on like wild fire. See the talented women of the WNBA match up in the Rose Garden Arena, where more than 17,000 seats all offer a good view. The team is part of an expansion in the ever-popular women's basketball league. Games are played from the end of May through August and, if they make the playoffs, into September. Sport the hometown black, red and white and see basketball played as it was intended. There may not be as many dunks, but girls, boys, women and men have to appreciate this talent.
Spanning the Willamette River, this old, red bridge connects downtown's Pearl District to the Northeast's Rose Quarter. A pedestrian and bicycle-friendly bridge, it offers a clear view of the Fremont Bridge and Union Station. Stop midway and enjoy scenic sights up and down the river. You can even see Mt. Hood from some spots. This bascule bridge opened for traffic in 1913 and is the seventh longest of its type in the world. The bridge uses counterweights to raise its midsection for passing ships.
Named for the city of Albina and one of its beloved police officers, this old neighborhood park was acquired in 1940. Known most commonly as Albina Park, it was renamed in 1947 when the community came together to honor former officer Mike Lillis. The park boasts a softball and football field, and playground. Picnic tables are available, although you cannot rent the space for group parties. Perfect for an afternoon nap with shady old growth trees offering protection from the sun. There are no fees to use the park.
Fans of romance have to visit this working railway station and work of art. Look for the landmark clock tower peeking out from the silhouettes of the northern bridges and follow it to the brick station that fairly oozes history. The historic station still handles train traffic as a main terminal of the Pacific Northwest.
At Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, you get to taste award-winning beer, compliments of Bob and Kurt Widmer, the brothers who founded this family-operated brewery. German techniques are used to create this top-selling brew of the Northwest. The flagship beer is a hearty Hefeweizen, which is bottled and unfiltered from the lager tank. After a tour, hop across the street to the Widmer Brothers Gasthaus, where you can grab a bite to eat in the restaurant that used to be an 1890s hotel.
Resembling a community garden you would find in Suzhou, Portland's sister city, Lan Su Chinese Garden is a beautiful green space near the bank of the Willamette River. The garden is complete with winding pathways, gorgeous plants, a lovely teahouse and a convenient store. You can take a tour to get insider knowledge of the garden and try to come during one of their many interesting events, including exhibitions and lectures. This place is a must-visit for its unique beauty.
Located on the east side of the Willamette River in the buzzing Northeast, this city park with its old trees and center gazebo is a favorite photo spot. You will always find Portlanders taking advantage of the basketball courts, playground and paths. There are also rest rooms. Back in the 20s, you might find a circus or fair at the former cow pasture. Now Dawson Park is a place to sit on a bench and relax or play. There are no fees to use the park.
If you are looking for something to do, trying to track down an event or just want to learn a bit more about the Rose City, this is a good stop. You will find literature on local museums, sites, shopping and more. Find out about an off-beat tour like the Brew Bus or track down the Rose Festival schedule. The Web site is as good as a visit in person but you are less likely to get local lore.
Crowning the northern view of the city, this double-decker for the 405 freeway is Bridgetown's newest. Completed in 1973, the 902-foot, tied-arch bridge weighs 6,000 tons. The span was pre-fabricated and floated downriver to the spot it now rests. There is not foot traffic on this commuter bridge, so take in its beauty from any nearby spot. Or, drive across and enjoy the urban panorama. Just keep in mind northbound traffic can get pretty tied up in the afternoon.
Portland once had a trolley system nearly as extensive as San Francisco's. A Willamette shoreline and a handful of cars that roll through downtown are all that are left of the late 19th Century line. They are restored now and provide a unique tour of the city. The two-line ride is free in downtown and hits the MAX stops every half-hour. Take the time to ride one instead of walking for a while. It is a nostalgic trip.
The Bridgeport Brewing Company is one of the largest breweries in Portland and has been labeled the 'oldest craft brewery in the state.' The company specializes in all kinds of beers and you will be amazed at the variety they have. The beers are brewed to perfection which has earned them a trademark, so, when it comes to The Bridgeport Brewing Company, you are assured of quality to the hilt.