Econo Lodge City Center
1889 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: (503) 226-7646
Fax: (503) 459-4000
This park is named for the man who named Portland, Francis Pettygrove. Pettygrove, a developer from Portland, Maine won a famous coin toss that gave him the right to name a new city of Oregon after his hometown. Across from the park is Lovejoy Fountain, named for the gentleman who lost the coin toss. Pettygrove owned Portland's first wharf, warehouse, store and house. Stop by this metropolitan oasis to take in the grassy knolls and a bit of Portland's history. There are no fees to use the park.
Flowing brooks and waterfalls make this fountain a downtown nature excursion. Designed by Michael Lawrence Halprin, the fountain was named for the man who brought urban renewal to Portland. Wading is permitted in most of Portland's fountains, and on hot days you'll find youngsters and older people cooling off in the water. Situated across from Civic Auditorium, this Northwest oasis moves 13,000 gallons of water per minute and attracts businesspeople and families alike. The fountain makes a great meeting spot.
This Rose Festival event is just another way to come together Portland-style. The event takes over Waterfront Park bringing music, food and rides to the riverside green. Three blocks of fun include a petting zoo, garden maze, children's entertainment and other activities. The Western Trail is explored through exhibits and a ride on the Wells Fargo stagecoach. Don't miss the marketplace where you'll find plenty of unique gifts. Kids under 12 are always free. Admission for adults (13 & over) is free before 5p on weekdays; $5 after 5p on weekdays and on weekends. Payment accepted by cash only.
Built in the 1890s, this building has served as City Hall since Portland's beginning. And thanks to renovation efforts, it always will be City Hall. The building was restored to its original state; from the dilapidated condition that threatened demolition; and reopened in 1998. Among interesting finds from the project were copper-plated stairways, two glass atriums that allow natural light to cascade into the building and concrete footings for a previous City Hall that was never completed. The whole building is like a big time capsule.
Portland Parks and Recreation sponsors these popular van tours. Dick Pintarich, a Portland writer and historian, guides you through the history of Oregon and the city. Visit many of Greater Portland's landmarks and attractions—the Oregon Trail, the path Lewis and Clark took to Astoria, Portland cemeteries and the Columbia River Gorge to name a few. Offered April through October, tours last most of a day. This tour has a minimum age of 17 years old to participate in the tour.
Oregonian columnist Dick Fagan often wrote that this charming little park was "where the leprechauns west of Ireland gather." He planted the tiny garden below his office window in 1946, and stories vary as to why. Some say a light pole used to sit in the hole. Others claim it was an ordinary pothole. Either way, Mill Ends Park, which measures four by three by six feet, holds the title of the World's Smallest Park, and it holds a small place in Portland's history as well.
Built in the 1860s, this courthouse was the first on the West Coast and was Portland's first restoration project. It is still a federal building for the United States Court of Appeals and the U.S. Post Office. You can climb a stairway up to the cupola and get a view of downtown and Pioneer Courthouse Square — you will almost always have the lookout to yourself, since most people do not know the building is open to the public for free. Plan and organize some of your most educational events here. For more information, visit the website or call ahead.
This remodeled library is Oregon's oldest and continues to impress its patrons. Elegant marble stairs winding up several floors create a stunning focal point in the enormous foyer. Warm rich wood tones abound and countless safety enhancements have been added. Browse one of the many separate book sections, including the Beverly Cleary children's library. You will find a large selection of new computers as well as any book you could ever need.
A little more than 71 acres, this park is nearly always empty, and provides a peaceful environment. The area is undeveloped and protected for preservation. Close to Interstate 5, the park is also central to the city. The nature park is named for Phillip A. Marquam, and it was the last link to be added to the Westside's 40-mile Loop. The trail system runs from Sellwood to St. Johns and provides hikers with a wonderful tour of Portland's natural sights.
Portlandia flows to the sea as you visit this piece of Rip City's past. Step on board the only remaining operational steam sternwheel tug in the country to learn all about boating while admiring all of the artifacts and exhibits. Take the tugboat tour and hear how old seafarers battled the river currents. If you want to learn more visit their library, the cheerful staff will give provide some interesting bits of information. Visit the gift store and check out the books and nautical themed gifts.
Biking is a great way to get to know a new city. Pedal Bike Tours, the Portland-based tour service offers several, diverse bike tours throughout Portland and Hawaii. In Portland itself, they have daily bike tours that shed light on various facets of the Rose City. One one hand there are historic downtown tours that delve into historic facts of Portland, while on the other, they also have food-centered tours that cover the culinary delights that the city has to offer. For a fun, unique way to see Portland try one of the Pedal Bike Tours - check their website for more information.
Sparkling in the sunlight or reflecting overcast skies, you can spot this landmark from nearly every viewpoint in the City of Portland. Built by U.S. Bancorp, the flashy rose-colored skyscraper has been affectionately dubbed "Big Pink." With 43 floors shooting into the downtown sky, it is Portland's tallest high-rise. Crowning the skyline, the structure can be seen from Council Crest in the southwest, Mount Tabor in the east and Overlook Park in the north.