Downtown, the best area to stay in Portland
Portland is one of the best cities in terms of getting around, whether it’s walking, biking, or using the public transport system because the planning of the city meant that it was built in a grid formation as is much of the country. The downtown is no exception and is only a few kms from the Portland International Airport with lots of hotels providing shuttle buses to their doorsteps as well as the public bus, which drops you off in the same area. This district is well connected to other areas including Chinatown and the Old Town, which is only a couple of minutes away. The downtown area is one of the safest places to be in Portland as it is the main tourist hub of the city and therefore has a good amount of police force.
As with most cities, the downtown area contains many high rise buildings like office buildings, courthouses and universities with the centre of it all being the Pioneer Square. This red brick square was built around 30 years ago and is where you will find lots of Roman columns and is where you will see many people congregate to have fun and have picnics as well as staging events. The square also has a park that contains water fountains, sculptures, games areas and lots of places to sit and have a rest. Around the square you will find lots of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops as well as a few concert halls and theatres too.
There are some excellent museums in the area including the Portland Art Museum, which contains lots of various exhibitions that portray artists from the city as well as people from around the country. Just opposite this is the Historical Society, which contains many artefacts from the city like documents, antiques, photos and art. The most scenic way around the area is by the Aerial Tram, which connects the downtown part to all around and is where you get some of the best views of the neighbourhood. Other things to see include the Portlandia, which is the second largest hammered-copper statue in the country after the Statue of Liberty and depicts a woman with a trident, who reaches down to new visitors.
Another decent park to visit is the Tom McCall Waterfront Park, which is found along the Wilamette River and this area is home to many memorials, fountains, sculptures, gardens and markets, which take place on the weekends. The best area for shopping is around Pioneer Square and Broadway with most streets having a huge amount of different shops and an upscale mall in Pioneer Place.
Portland has one of the best nightlife’s in the country and is particularly famous for its live music scene, from underground bars to huge national acts that play at stadiums. Some of the best places to check out include Doug Fir Lounge, Roseland Theatre, Crystal Ballroom and the incredibly famous Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. All of the streets including and between Pioneer Square and Broadway are full of bars, restaurants and hotels too and there is something for everyone.