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East Multnomah County/Gresham is the gateway to Mount Hood, Mount Hood National Forest, and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. In addition to outdoor wonders, the Portland East County communities share a variety of year-round attractions to please all ages.

Multnomah Falls Falls Information Site  Multnomah Falls Lodge Information
Located in the Columbia River Gorge, this breathtaking falls in just 20 minutes east of Gresham.

The Pearl District
Historic industrial buildings have been transformed into unique retail storefronts, restaurants, galleries, lofts and townhouses in Portland's premier shopping district. The Pearl is the destination for creative cuisine, home furnishings, art and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Take a break from touring and shopping and relax at one of our picturesque sidewalk cafes. Or enjoy the fountains in Jamison Square. More than 100 shops, restaurants and galleries are open year-round, seven days a week. Easily accessible, The Pearl District is only a short walk or streetcar ride from downtown Portland; adjacent to I-405.

Portland Rose Gardens www.rosegardenstore.com
Portland is home to the three public rose gardens. Offering a spectacular view of the "City of Roses," the 4.5 acre International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park is one of the largest and oldest rose test gardens in the country. The Peninsula Park Rose Garden is a formal sunken garden featuring masses of fragrant blooms. It is easily accessible off I-5 at the Portland Boulevard Exit. The Ladd's Addition garden, in the historic southeast Portland district, is home to many old-time varieties of roses. The Rose Garden Store (adjacent of the test garden) offers a variety of rose-related items.

Japanese Garden www.japanesegarden.com
Tucked above the International Rose Test Garden, the Japanese Garden has been proclaimed one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside Japan. Five traditional garden styles, an authentic tea house and a pavilion combine to capture the mood of ancient Japan. A haven of tranquil beauty, the garden covers 5.5 acres and has a magnificent view of Portland and the surrounding mountains. Open daily, April 1 through September 30, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.; October 1 through March 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Open Mondays at noon. Admission: $6.50 adults; $5 seniors; $4 students; free to children 5 and younger.

The Grotto www.thegrotto.org
A peaceful oasis in the midst of the city, The Grotto is set among 62 acres of botanical gardens. As an internationally renowned Catholic sanctuary, The Grotto offers a place of peace and quiet reflection for all people. More than 100 beautifully sculpted statues and shrines are nestled among flower-lined pathways winding under towering firs. Peaceful reflection ponds, spectacular cliffside vistas and award-winning architecture offer inspiration for all who visit this natural gallery in the woods. Gardens and gift shop are open daily; group tours and daily Mass are also offered. Open year-round; hours vary. Call for more information.

Portland Spirit www.portlandspirit.com
Cruise the scenic Willamette River and enjoy the beauty of Portland's downtown skyline and riverside. The crew of the Portland Spirit look forward to welcoming you aboard for a cruise filled with fun and relaxation. Temperature-controlled decks, full-service bars, and live entertainment will make your cruise a memorable one. Kids (ages 4-12) receive half price on lunch and brunch cruises. Reservations required.

Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge & Marine Park www.sternwheeler.com
The Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge offers tours year-round in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Boarding from the town of Cascade Locks (just 45 minutes east of Portland), the Columbia Gorge riverboat is an authentic, triple-deck paddle wheeler that features sightseeing, champagne brunch cruises, evening dinner trips, and a variety of holiday and special events.

Pittock Mansion www.pittockmansion.com
Experience the charm of a lost era as you marvel at the beauty and history of Pittock Mansion. Learn about Henry and Georgiana Pittock and the estate that symbolizes the growth of Portland. Admire remarkable antique furnishings and fine arts set in a 1914 National Historic Register property. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy a sweeping view of mountains, rivers and the city. And don't forget your camera. Located just five minutes from downtown Portland off West Burnside Street. Open daily: June through August, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; September through May, noon-4 p.m. Closed January and some holidays. Admission charged.

Oregon Historical Society www.ohs.org
In the heart of Portland's Cultural District, the Oregon Historical Society houses treasures of the Northwest, a priceless collection that tells the story of Oregon from its earliest people to the present day. Visit Oregon My Oregon, the Hayes Maritime Gallery, Historic Vehicles in Miniature, and other fascinating exhibits designed for visitors of all ages. Exhibits feature artwork, artifacts, photographs, audiovisual presentations and hands-on displays for children. The Museum Store offers a wide selection of distinctive Northwest gifts.

Willamette Jetboat Excursions www.willamettejet.com
See Portland's waterfront and more aboard the Willamette Jetboats. Enjoy the area's sights, history and scenic beauty while experiencing the fun and excitement found only in a jetboat. See giant ships, bridges, elegant riverfront homes, historic Oregon City and the majestic Willamette Falls. Two-hour excursions start at $28 for adults; with lower prices for children. One-hour trips are also available in July and August. Reservations highly recommended.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) www.omsi.edu
Imagine a place where you can journey to the outer reaches of the galaxy, feel the power of an earthquake, climb aboard a real submarine, uncover a fossil, surf the Internet, enter the world of virtual reality, or travel the globe in a five-story domed theater. You can also enjoy a view of the city while dining at the riverside cafe or find the perfect gift at the Science Store. With more than 200 hands-on exhibits, there is something for everyone. Touch, explore, question and discover at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), located on Portland's waterfront. Open year-round; hours vary.

Clackamas Town Center www.clackamastowncenter.com
With more than 1.2 million square feet of retail space, Clackamas Town Center offers a wonderful shopping, entertainment and dining experience. Spend the day shopping in the 185 stores or enjoy a relaxing meal at one of the restaurants. Enjoy tax-free shopping at Oregon's only Meier & Frank Home Store, at Nordstrom, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor Loft, and many more. Take the kids to The Children's Place and Gymboree, while teens enjoy Hollister, Forever 21, Zumiez and Aéropostale. Conveniently located off I-205, Clackamas Town Center is only minutes from downtown Portland and the Portland International Airport.

Oregon Zoo www.oregonzoo.org
Trek through the tropics amid the sounds of birds, monkeys and other creatures. You're not in West Africa; you're in Portland at the zoo's African Rain Forest exhibit. After you've survived the steamy tropics, dry off in the savanna, where giraffes, rhinos and hippos graze. From the tundra's of Alaska to the coastal waters of Peru, you'll travel around the world in an afternoon. Open daily at 9 a.m.; closing hours are seasonal. Admission: $8 adults (ages 12-64); $6.50 seniors (ages 65+); $5 children (ages 3-11); free to children two and younger. Five minutes from downtown Portland off Highway 26 West, or take MAX light rail.

Portland Classical Chinese Garden www.portlandchinesegarden.org
Lan Su Yuan "Garden of Awakening Orchids," is the realization of a friendship project with Portland's Chinese sister city of Suzhou. Never twice the same, this urban oasis will engage all your senses with its exquisite landscaping, poetic couplets and pavilions. Overlooking the lake, the garden's tea house features 35 authentic loose-leaf tea varieties and Chinese snacks.

Portland Saturday Market www.saturdaymarket.org
Stroll down row upon row of local handcrafted items and homemade foods. The Portland Saturday Market - open Sundays too - is the nation's largest open-air crafts market. Portland Saturday Market prides itself on featuring items that are displayed and sold by the people who made them. Talk directly to the artists and learn about their creative styles and products. Rain or shine, the market is open Saturday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) from March 6 to December 24. Located in historic Old Town under the west end of the Burnside Bridge. See our website for event schedules and online shopping.

Lloyd Center www.lloydcentermall.com
Spread over 50 acres, Lloyd Center is the biggest mall in Oregon, offering tax-free shopping at more than 200 specialty shops and service providers, including Meier & Frank, Sears, Nordstrom, Marshalls, Toys "R" Us and Barnes & Noble. A food court, an indoor ice-skating rink, and 18 movie screens offer food and entertainment. As part of "Fareless Square," the mall is easily accessible by bus and light rail. Complimentary strollers and wheelchairs are available. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Columbia Gorge Premium Outlets www.premiumoutlets.com/columbiagorge
Visit Columbia Gorge Premium Outlets and discover your favorite brands at savings of 25-65 percent. Adidas, Carter's, Gap Outlet, Harry and David, Izod, Le Gourmet Chef, Levi's, Mikasa, OshKosh and Samsonite are among the more than 45 stores featured. Columbia Gorge Premium Outlets is located just 15 minutes east of downtown Portland. Take I-84 east to Exit 17, Troutdale. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Check for seasonal hours.

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