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Visiting Metro Portland

Portland and its surrounding communities are a hub for summer and fall festivals, events and family fun. Travelers to Portland exploring the city, a Hop-on/Hop-off Tour is one of the best ways. The large pink trolleys are unmistakable and offer 11 stops where you can hop off, explore and re-board at your leisure. See the Portland Rose Gardens and Pioneer Square, and stop to discover unique shops and eateries in Portland’s downtown neighborhoods. This is also metro Portlands season to enjoy events like the Oregon State Fair, Wordstock and the Portland Triathlon or Marathon. The Portland metro area keeps travelers busy.

Venture outside Portland along the Columbia River on a Jet Boat day-tour of Oregon’s amazing outdoors. Board Jet Boats at the Portland Spirit Salmon Street Dock, at the end of SW Salmon Street, for scenic adventures east or west of the Rose City. The most popular tours head west to the Oregon coastal town of Astoria, or east through the spectacular Columbia River Gorge. Relax on the Columbia River for a day trip of your choice.

Enjoy the summer tradition of the fair in Salem at the 2012 Oregon State Fair. The state capital of Oregon, Salem hosts the fair at the Oregon State Fairgrounds west of Interstate 5 between Silverton Road NE and Sunnyview Road NE. The OSF runs August 24th through September 3rd, showcasing the best of Oregon livestock and produce, along with the traditional midway games and rides. Headliners for the Big Shows include Colbie Caillat, Demi Lovato and Gavin Degraw. The Oregon State Fair is fun for all ages.

Runners and athletes set your goals for the end of September in Portland. The Rose City hosts the 2012 Portland Triathlon September 23rd. Featuring sprint and Olympic distance triathlons and a sprint duathlon, the City of Portland Triathlon is scenic and fast. Events begin with an out and back swim in the Willamette river, starting in Cathedral Park below the St. Johns Bridge. The bike segment of the race includes a great pavement course, followed by the out and back run course over St. Johns Bridge and back to Cathedral Park for the finish line celebration.

The 2012 Portland Marathon follows on October 7th, following much of the run course of the Portland Triathlon. The Portland Marathon begins in downtown Portland, adjacent to Chapman/Lowndsdale/Schrunk Parks with the starting line at SW 4th and Taylor. Before finishing, runners pass the Portland skyline running along the waterfront and over the St. Johns Bridge and through historic Old Town and several of the city’s unique neighborhoods.

Known as one of America’s most literary cities, Portland is a fitting host to the 2012 Wordstock Festival. Held at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland, Wordstock runs October 11th through the 14th. Events feature the IPRC Text Ball, live broadcasts of public radio’s Live Wire, and the Wordstock Book Fair. Look for the Wordstock Red Chair Reading Series through out the week, with the Wordstock Book-to-Film Festival on the weekend.

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