Downtown Park Blocks

Portland, Oregon

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The area generally considered Downtown Portland encompasses a pretty vast stretch of territory, but for this walk we’ll stick primarily to the South Park Blocks and surrounding area—basically the city’s museum district. Not only is this where you’ll find the art museum and history center, it’s also pleasantly removed from the bustling commercial parts of downtown. Most of the route goes along an inviting stretch of wide, traffic-free, tree-lined walkway leading toward the Portland State University campus. Before we get there, though, we’ll explore the city’s “living room,” essentially the heart of downtown, or at least its people-watching capital: Pioneer Courthouse Square, a wide public gathering space often filled with downtown workers scarfing lunches bought from nearby food carts. It acts as an open-air event space, too, hosting concerts in summer, a farmers’ market each week, annual seasonal beer fests, ethnic food and culture fairs, protests and demonstrations, book sales, and, around December, the city’s enormous holiday tree.

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"The area generally considered Downtown Portland encompasses a pretty vast stretch of territory, but for this walk we’ll stick primarily to the South Park Blocks and surrounding area—basically the city’s museum district. Not only is this where you’ll find the art museum and history center, it’s also pleasantly removed from the bustling commercial parts of downtown. Most of the route goes along an inviting stretch of wide, traffic-free, tree-lined walkway leading toward the Portland State University campus. Before we get there, though, we’ll explore the city’s “living room,” essentially the heart of downtown, or at least its people-watching capital: Pioneer Courthouse Square, a wide public gathering space often filled with downtown workers scarfing lunches bought from nearby food carts. It acts as an open-air event space, too, hosting concerts in summer, a farmers’ market each week, annual seasonal beer fests, ethnic food and culture fairs, protests and demonstrations, book sales, and, around December, the city’s enormous holiday tree."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Portland
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round

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Jun 2018