Ranking as the most populous city in Oregon, Portland houses an estimated 2.4 million people. With that kind of residence, it’s hard for any city to keep them active and entertain for years. Good thing Portland is packed with different things to do from amazing neighborhoods to live in to gastronomy enticing world to explore in. One can just easily devote a week’s time sampling great culinary cuisine or unique breweries without visiting the place twice. Looking for something even more adventurous? Plan a weekend getaway as some of the most amazing sceneries are just in arm’s reach right in Portland’s backyard. But there are places that never ran out of charm to any tourist visiting Portland, here are some of them:
The famous Coin that decided the city’s name
As spectacular Portland can be, its name was simply decided by a coin toss. Asa Lovejoy and Francis Pettygrove, two of the city’s founders couldn’t agree on how to name the land. To settle it in a ‘peaceful’ manner, they decided to flip a coin and whoever won would get to name it after their hometown. Pettrygrove won, and as a native of Portland, Maine he named it as thus. Had Lovejoy won Portland would be called Boston. Tourists can even see the very same copper penny from that famous coin toss at the Oregon Historical Museum located in downtown Portland. Built in 1898, the museum also houses some 85,000 artifacts and a trip to the city’s history is always worthwhile.
The Oregon Museum Of Science And Industry
Started with at least 400 volunteers back in the good old days, The Oregon Museum of Science And Industry opened its doors in 1958. Today, it draws more than a million visitors each year and is incredibly popular for kids and adults alike. The museum had the first ever planetarium in the Northwest and visitors are still amazed in its 20-minute educational show.
The Pittock Mansion
Another popular tourist site in Portland is the Pittock Mansion, and its hard not to believe why. Located about 1,000 feet above sea level, it’s a has one of the amazing view of the city as well as a great spot for bird watching. Henry Pittock and his wife built their mansion furnished with 46 rooms, plenty of sitting rooms and expanded about 46 acres of land. The City of Oregon now owned this beautiful mansion and opened it to the public in 1965. Portland expects at least 80,00 people visitors each year to see this breathtaking mansion.
Portland has a lot to offer to every tourist in all walks of life, you canot simply ran out of things to do in this city.