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This area of Willamette Valley has nearly 600,000 inhabitants.
Salem, the state capital, is about 45 miles to the southwest of Portland, while Damascus is 13 miles to the southeast.
The Hollywood Theater and the Children's Museum are excellent places to spend some quality time with the kids. Want more? Oaks Amusement Park and North Clackamas Aquatic Park will ensure the good times keep on coming.
At Portland Aquarium, your loved ones can learn about the mysteries of the ocean from the safety of dry land.
Housed in habitats along the pathways of the Oregon Zoo and the Hart's Reptile World, an eclectic mix of animals will keep you enthralled for hours.
To learn more about the art of brewing, take the opportunity to visit the Uptown Market. The well-versed brewmaster will teach you everything you need to know about the different brewing methods that they employ, and what it is that makes these beers so enjoyable!
Buckle up for some high-octane action at the World of Speed, the premier racetrack for motoring fanatics.
There are few travel experiences more delightful than a superb wine. Discover some of the region's finest at the Oak Knoll Winery or the Cooper Mountain Vineyards. Ready for the next stop? The Domaine Drouhin Oregon and the St. Josef's Winery are favorites around here.
Interested in learning about some of the local plant species? Spend a morning at the International Rose Test Garden or the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. The Peninsula Park Rose Garden and the Leach Botanical Garden are two more popular places to have a stroll around.
Pack a few snacks and take it easy for a while in the quiet, green surroundings of the Portland Japanese Garden and Pioneer Courthouse Square. Tom McCall Waterfront Park and Grant Park are two more excellent places to while away a lazy afternoon over a good book.
Find out what's going on in Portland at End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center and Hillside Park Community Center. You should also pick up some pamphlets and maps at Sellwood Community Center or Portland Temple Visitors' Center.
Watch on as the water flows off the edge of Willamette Falls into the swirling pool below. Latourell Falls is also much-loved for its untamed vistas.
Switch off your phone and have a break from the noise of the modern world at Hoyt Arboretum and World Forestry Center. Nature enthusiasts will also have a terrific time at Cook Park and Molalla River State Park.
Grab a friend and explore some of the favored cultural institutions in the area. The Museum of Contemporary Craft and the Oregon Rail Heritage Center offer a range of collections that are bound to spark your curiosity. The Canby Depot Museum and the Portland Police Museum are also worthwhile.
Those travelers interested in seafaring traditions should organize a visit to the Oregon Maritime Museum or the Oregon Maritime Center and Museum.
Scientific research is always evolving. Explore the latest in scientific discovery at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Mt Hood Community College Planetarium. Haggart Observatory and C & K's Flower Garden are also good options to check out.
The wonderful specimens at the World Forestry Discovery Museum aren't just heaps of fun to look at. They also play a vital role in our understanding of the natural world.
Want to check out some art? You'll discover galleries of all sizes here. Pay a visit to the Portland Art Museum and the Attic Gallery for some great examples of what this creative city has to offer. The Elizabeth Leach Gallery and the Blackfish Gallery are also well worth a browse if you can fit them in.
The past comes alive at the Oregon Historical Society Museum and the Oregon Jewish Museum thanks to their wide range of thoughtful exhibits. Like the sound of those? Continue your journey at the Museum of the Oregon Territory or the Wells Fargo History Museum.
Learn more about this area's past with a visit to the Portlandia or Pittock Mansion, just a couple of the interesting historic sites here. You might also like to take a few photos at Portland City Hall and Portland Building.
Don't miss a visit to Sellwood Bridge and Hawthorne Bridge, proud examples of civil engineering. You're sure to enjoy the view! You could also pass by Burnside Bridge or Steel Bridge and gaze down dreamily upon the distant waters underneath.
Whether you're a spiritual person or not, you're sure to enjoy a visit to Grotto and St. James Lutheran Church. Old Church and First Immanuel Lutheran Church are also popular holy places.
Once you've ticked off the star attractions around Portland, consider visiting a few of its lesser-known gems. The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and the Live Laugh Love Glass are certainly worth a look. Also, contemplate a visit to Morrison Bridge and Lovejoy Fountain if you have time.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Cascade Station and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Grotto. Portland Meadows Racetrack and Concordia University are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Grotto and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Cascade Station. Portland Meadows Racetrack and Concordia University are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mill Ends Park, World Trade Center and Salmon Street Springs. Tom McCall Waterfront Park and Pioneer Place are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Downtown Portland, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Keller Auditorium, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and Portland State University. Tom McCall Waterfront Park and Providence Park are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Situated in Portland, this bed & breakfast is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Sellwood Bridge and within 3 miles (5 km) of Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Portland State University. Tom McCall Waterfront Park is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.
Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Portland Expo Center, Portland Meadows Racetrack and Portland International Raceway. Vancouver Farmers Market and Fort Vancouver National Historic Site are also within 3 miles (5 km).
This family-friendly Portland hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Powell's City of Books, Pioneer Courthouse Square and Portland Saturday Market. Lan Su Chinese Garden and Portland Art Museum are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in Portland, this condo is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wonder Ballroom, Moda Center, and Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Pioneer Courthouse Square and Tom McCall Waterfront Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).