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Visiting Metro Portland

The Portland metro area is a diverse and expansive region in Oregon. Home to sports, universities, art and culture, and plenty of local festivals, the Portland area is a popular destination for spring and summer travelers. Cities like Salem, McMinnville, and Sandy are all short drives away from downtown Portland, and each offer a variety of things to do. McMinnville is home to Wings and Waves Water Park, a great choice for a balmy summer day. Sandy boasts the Wasson Brothers Winery, and Forrest Grove is home to Henry Hagg Lake – a sterling spot for summer fishing.

This spring and summer, when you’re traveling into and around Portland, don’t miss out on many of the wonderful sights and attractions the Rose City has to offer. Start with a visit to the Portland Art Museum. On display through May 27, 2012, the Portland Art Museum features the work of John Frame, in his collection titled Three Fragments of a Lost Tale. While touring the Portland Art Museum, be sure to check out the work of Mark Rothko – a collection of 45 paintings on display for the first time at the PAM, since it was originally displayed in 1933. The PAM is closed on Mondays, and admission for those 17 and under is always free.

Portland is a diverse city – it’s not just art museums. Head to Powell’s City of Books, a major tourist attraction – 68,000 sq. ft. of books in what is, almost quite literally, a small city. Whether you’re after that new release from your favorite author, or just stopping in to take a look at over 1 million new and used books – there’s always time for Powell’s. After a visit to Powell’s City of Books, head over to Portland’s Hawthorne District and enjoy a fine beverage at the Bagdad Theater & Pub – head in on May 4, for the 7th Annual Big Lebowski Event, where you’ll be entertained with a screening of the popular film and live performance by The Troublemakers.

Many Portland visitors enjoy a trip to Erv Lind Stadium, home to the Portland State University Vikings softball team. Check out a game as the PSU Vikings wind down their season against the Weber State Wildcats on April 29, live at Erv Lind Stadium.

South of Portland is Salem, the state capital. Affectionately known as the Cherry City, spring and summer are excellent travel seasons for visits to Silver Falls State Park. Many guests do enjoy a visit to the Oregon State Capitol – tour on your own, or call ahead and schedule a tour guide who’ll show you around the building, including the exhibit Art of the Time; Art of the People.

Spend an afternoon tasting and learning about local wines at the Bethel Heights Vineyard, a short drive away from downtown Salem. Join winemaker Ben Casteel, as he uncorks local favorites like the ’08 Pinot Noir Southeast Block, or the ’08 Pinot Noir Casteel Reserve.

Summer travelers are sure to check out the 15th Annual World Beat Festival, scheduled for June 30 – July 1 at Riverfront Park. Later in July, head to Bush’s Pasture Park for the annual Salem Art Fair and Festival, set for July 20-22.

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