June 1, 2018
Population: City: 568,390, Metro area: 2,149,700.
Land Area: 134.3 square mies.
Flight times: Chicago-4.5 hrs, Los Angles-2 hrs, Miami-7 hrs.
Mild, with temperatures averaging 66 degrees in the summer and 38 degrees in the winter.
Average Daily High/Low Temperature:
March: 60°F / 42°F
June: 76°F / 54°F
September: 65°F / 49°F
December: 46°F / 34°F
Portland metropolitan area leads the country in light-rail development and boasts the best transit system in the U.S.
Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District (www.tri-met.org): 4012 SE 17th Avenue. 503-238-RIDE (7433).
Amtrak (www.amtrak.com): (800) 872-7245.
Greyhound Bus (www.greyhound.com/index.html): (800) 231-2222.
Willamette Shore Trolley (www.trainweb.org/oerhs/wst.htm): (503) 697-7436.
Japanese Garden Society of Oregon (www.japanesegarden.com): Off Kingston Ave., in Washington Park., (503) 223-1321. Open April 1-May 31 and September 1-30, daily 10 am-6pm; June 1-August 31, daily 9 am-8pm; Oct. 1-March 31, daily 10 am-4 pm. Admission: Adults-$5, Students and Seniors-$2.50.
Oregon History Center (www.ohs.org): 1200 SW Park Ave., (503) 222-1741. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday noon-5pm. Admission: Adults-$6, Students-$3, Children-$1.50; Thursday free admission for seniors.
Oregon Maritime Center & Museum (www.oregonmaritimemuseum.org): 113 SW Front Ave., (503) 224-7724. Admission: Adults-$4, Seniors-$3. Models of ships that sailed the Columbia and Willamette rivers, plus the historic stern-wheeler Portland, moored across Waterfront Park from the museum.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (www.omsi.edu): 1945 SE Water Ave, (800) 955-6674. (503) 797-4000. Admission: Adults-$11, Seniors and Children-$9.
Oregon Symphony Ticket Office (www.orsymphony.org): 923 SW Washington. (800) 228-7343, (503) 228-1353.
Pioneer Courthouse Square (www.pioneercourthousesquare.org): Bounded by Broadway, Sixth Ave., Yamhill St., and Morrison St. The heart of downtown Portland and acts as an outdoor stage for everything from flower displays to concerts to protest rallies
Portland Art Museum (www.portlandmuseum.org): 219 SW Park Ave., (503) 226-2811. Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-5pm; first Thursday of each month 10 am-9 pm. Admission: $6 adults, $4.50 seniors and students, $2.50 children 6-15, free for children under 5; seniors half price every Thurs. Half price 4-9pm on the first Thurs. of each month. Respectable collection of European, Asian, and American art, but the major emphasis is on visiting exhibitions.
Portland Saturday Market (www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com): Underneath Burnside Bridge. between SW First Ave. and SW Ankeny St, (503) 222-6072. First weekend in March to Christmas Eve, Saturday 10 am-5pm and Sunday 11 am-4:30pm. Free admission. The Saturday Market (held on both Saturday and Sunday) is arguably Portland's single most important and best-loved event.
World Forestry Center (www.worldforestry.org): 4033 SW Canyon Rd., (503) 228-1367. Open 9 am-5pm (10 am-5pm in winter). Admission: Adults-$3, Seniors and Children-$2.
Washington Park Zoo (www.washingtonparkzoo.com): 4001 SW Canyon Rd. Washington Park, (503) 226-1561. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day daily 9:30 am-6pm; Labor Day to Memorial Day daily 9:30 am-4pm. Admission: Adults-$5.50, Seniors-$4, Children-$3.50, free second Tuesday of each month from 3 pm to closing.