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Relief columns grace the formal entrance of this solemn site located at the south end of the Japanese Memorial at Waterfront Park. Haiku-engraved broken stones and 100 cherry trees line the walk. The plaza recalls the 110,000 Japanese-Americans who were put in internment camps during World War II, and the broken stones represent the broken dreams of these people. Although the stroll or bike ride is a sobering journey, the year-round beauty of the memorial is a testament that we may still learn from our mistakes.
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.
Another testament to Portland's cultural diversity, this museum has quite a collection of interesting historical material relating to Oregon Jews. Exhibits focus on Judaism in the state and around the world, featuring groups like "The Chinese Jews." Once a part of the Oregon History Center, this attraction gradually grew into a two-room museum. Still, because the museum is so small, only one exhibit is shown at a time. Admission is free.
Spring is a great time to visit this fascinating piece of historic Portland. This is the season when the cherry trees bloom—you might think you are in Asia. Sixty-four fierce dragons and two ferocious lions guard the gate to Chinatown. Kaohsiung, China—one of Portland's sister cities, dedicated the ornate gate to Portland in 1986. In addition to Chinese restaurants, markets and specialty stores, you will find some of the city's most historic architecture, with buildings dating back to the late 1800s. This is a cultural mainstay of the Rose City.
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.
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.
Is there a certain art to the way you clean a room? Can a machine have historical significance? You could survey the janitors and housekeepers of the world, or you could just stop at this museum and see for yourself. Attached to the vacuum cleaner showroom of the same name, this establishment, which has kitsch written all over it, is filled with vacuums dating all the way back to the turn of the century. Check out the Hoovers, Kirbys, Royals, Eurekas and more. Admission is free.
Formerly known as The Rose Garden, Moda Center is home of the Portland Trail Blazers professional basketball team, and the premier indoor sports arena in Portland. Portland State University’s Vikings and the junior hockey Winterhawks also play games here. The arena has room for 20,636 spectators, though the number changes depending to the event, and is popular for concerts, shows, and other entertainment productions. The nearby Rose Quarter, featuring bronze statues and dancing water fountains, is worth visiting.
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.
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.