Things to do in Portland

With the competition only a few weeks away, participants from all over the world are starting to plan their trip to Portland, Oregon. Whether it is your first time or you’re a frequent visitor, Portland offers a unique atmosphere. Home to mouth-watering restaurants, beautiful parks and gardens, great microbreweries, and fascinating entertainment, Portland is sure to prove a vibrant city.

In the off hours of the competition, here are some things to check out while in Portland:

Japanese Gardens: This beautiful and tranquil garden is proclaimed one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan with 5.5 acres nestled in the scenic west hills of Portland.

Portland Art Museum: The Portland Art Museum is the oldest museum in the Pacific Northwest and is internationally recognized for its permanent collection and ambitious special exhibitions. Its various exhibits offer art that is relevant to any visitor.

Oregon Zoo: This fun place of discovery and fun is home to animals from all corners of the world, including Asian elephants, Peruvian penguins and Arctic polar bears. The zoo provides award winning education programs and encourages visitors to understand and experience the natural world.

Portland Opera: The Portland Opera inspires, challenges and uplifts its audience of all ages by creating productions of high quality that celebrate the beauty and breadth of opera. In April, the featured performance is “Galileo.”

Keller Auditorium: The auditorium, located on 1111 Southwest Broadway in Portland, is part of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. Billy Elliot, showing in the month of April, is a spectacular show awarded with ten 2009 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

There are many elaborate and authentic restaurants to choose from while in Portland. If you are looking for a spectacular view overlooking Portland, elegant food and a superb happy hour, then Portland City Grill may be your place. If you are looking for a more casual and energetic experience in addition to flavorful, gourmet cuisine, then Matador, the Tex-Mex tequila bar, may be more your style. If you want a completely unique dining experience, then check out Brazil Grill, Portland’s first Churrascaria, involving Brazilian traditional cooking methods where twelve meats and gourmet sausages are carved from swords and allow guests to try everything the house has to offer.

No matter what your dining style and mood, the famous and highly rated Portland Food Carts are a necessary stop for any out-of-towner.

Also, rated the top restaurants in 2009 were Lucky Strike, Beast, Park Kitchen, Syun Izakaya, Bunk Sandwiches, Clyde Common, Nostrana, Paley’s Place, Laurelhurst Market and Nong’s Khao Man Gai.

Now go enjoy the City of Roses!

Written By Tara Gremillion

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