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Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Cool off in the fountain, walk or bike the paths, or take in a festival at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Spend any time in Portland and you will no doubt find yourself drawn to this locals’ favorite, which they simply call Waterfront Park. 

Many visitors from other cities envy Portlanders’ attractive green space in the heart of the city. Stroll along the banks of the Willamette River and in no time you will forget that you are only minutes away from the hubbub of a busy commercial center. The wide, tree-lined paths filled with joggers, cyclists and dog walkers make for a pleasant atmosphere any time of year, although summer is when this park really comes alive. 

Join the dozens of families who like to cool off in the waters of the ornate fountain, Salmon St Springs. With 185 water jets, there is room for everyone. On Saturday and Sunday from March through December, the Market Pavilion showcases locally made arts and crafts. This outdoor market started in 1974 and is the longest running of its kind in the United States. As well as handmade items, the market has an international food court with booths offering anything from Nepalese-style dumplings to Philly steak sandwiches.

As you make your way around the park you will notice several statues and memorials. Notable among these is a monument to the Battleship Oregon, a U.S. naval ship built in 1893. There is also the Japanese-American Historical Plaza, which commemorates the Japanese citizens held in inland World War II prisoner-of-war camps. 

The park hosts many city festivals. There’s a Waterfront Blues Festival in early July, and the Oregon Brewers Festival in late July. Oregon Bite showcases the best of all things culinary in August, and the Gay and Lesbian Pride Festival is held in November.


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Staypineapple, Hotel Rose, Downtown Portland $114
Staypineapple, Hotel Rose, Downtown Portland

Staypineapple, Hotel Rose, Downtown Portland

50 SW Morrison Street, Portland, OR
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is steps from Yamhill National Historic District and Mill Ends Park. World Trade Center and Tom McCall Waterfront Park are also within 5 minutes. Yamhill District Station and Morrison-SW 3rd Avenue Station are within a 2-minute walk.

    Mark Spencer Hotel $90
    Mark Spencer Hotel

    Mark Spencer Hotel

    409 Sw 11th Ave, Portland, OR
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Powell's City of Books, Roseland Theater, and Pioneer Courthouse Square. Portland Art Museum and Portland State University are also within 1 mi (2 km). Galleria-SW 10th Avenue Station is only a 4-minute walk and Library-SW 9th Avenue Station is 6 minutes.

      The Benson, a Coast Hotel $155
      The Benson, a Coast Hotel

      The Benson, a Coast Hotel

      309 SW Broadway, Portland, OR
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Portland, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Powell's City of Books, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and Portland Saturday Market. Lan Su Chinese Garden and Portland Art Museum are also within 15 minutes. SW 6th-Pine Street Station is only a 2-minute walk and SW 5th-Oak Street Station is 2 minutes.

        The Duniway Portland A Hilton Hotel $152
        The Duniway Portland A Hilton Hotel

        The Duniway Portland A Hilton Hotel

        545 SW Taylor St, Portland, OR
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Portland, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland Art Museum, and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Keller Auditorium and Roseland Theater are also within 10 minutes. Pioneer Square South Station and Pioneer Place-SW 5th Avenue Station are within a 2-minute walk.

          Hyatt House Portland/Downtown $110
          Hyatt House Portland/Downtown

          Hyatt House Portland/Downtown

          2080 SW River Drive, Portland, OR
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Riverplace, Keller Auditorium, and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Portland State University and Portland Art Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). PSU South-SW 5th and Jackson Station is 11 minutes by foot and PSU Urban Center-SW 5th and Mill Street Station is 12 minutes.

            Radisson RED Portland Downtown $143
            Radisson RED Portland Downtown

            Radisson RED Portland Downtown

            1455 S.W. Broadway, Portland, OR
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland Art Museum, and Portland State University. Keller Auditorium and Pioneer Courthouse Square are also within 10 minutes. SW 6th-Madison Street Station and City Hall-SW 5th and Jefferson Street Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Hotel Lucia $127
              Hotel Lucia

              Hotel Lucia

              400 SW Broadway, Portland, OR
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Portland, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Powell's City of Books, Pioneer Place, and Portland Art Museum. Providence Park and Portland State University are also within 1 mi (2 km). SW 6th-Pine Street Station and Pioneer Square North Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                The Paramount Hotel $119
                The Paramount Hotel

                The Paramount Hotel

                808 SW Taylor St, Portland, OR
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland Art Museum, and Pioneer Courthouse Square. Tom McCall Waterfront Park and Portland State University are also within 10 minutes. Library-SW 9th Avenue Station is only a 2-minute walk and Pioneer Square South Station is 3 minutes.