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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 $119
Staypineapple, Hotel Rose, Downtown Portland

Staypineapple, Hotel Rose, Downtown Portland

50 SW Morrison Street, Portland, OR
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 2,414 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Set across from the Willamette River and Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and river walk, this 5-story hotel is 4 blocks from downtown's Pioneer Place.

    Hotel Modera $111
    Hotel Modera

    Hotel Modera

    515 Southwest Clay St, Portland, OR
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 3,427 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Downtown boutique hotel adjacent to light rail; close to Tom McCall Waterfront Park; within 4 blocks of Portland Art Museum.

      The Duniway Portland A Hilton Hotel $169
      The Duniway Portland A Hilton Hotel

      The Duniway Portland A Hilton Hotel

      545 SW Taylor St, Portland, OR
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 587 reviews
        4.5 out of 5.0

        Set in the entertainment and business district, this hotel is within walking distance of the shops, theaters, and offices of downtown Portland. Pioneer Courthouse Square is just a block away.

        The Hoxton Portland $115
        The Hoxton Portland

        The Hoxton Portland

        15 NW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR
           
          4.6
          of 5, from 155 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Located in Old Town Chinatown, this hotel is steps from Roseland Theater and Star Theater Portland.

          Radisson RED Portland Downtown $135
          Radisson RED Portland Downtown

          Radisson RED Portland Downtown

          1455 S.W. Broadway, Portland, OR
             
            4.6
            of 5, from 106 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            This hotel is located in Portland (Downtown Portland), close to Portland Art Museum, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, and Portland State University. Also nearby are Keller Auditorium and Pioneer Courthouse Square.

            Mark Spencer Hotel $119
            Mark Spencer Hotel

            Mark Spencer Hotel

            409 Sw 11th Ave, Portland, OR
               
              4.4
              of 5, from 2,171 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              In the heart of Portland's fashionable Pearl District, Mark Spencer Hotel is surrounded by a glittering array of galleries, restaurants, and theaters. Powell's, one of the world's largest independent bookstores, is a block away. It's an 8-minute walk to the Portland Art Museum.

              Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront $135
              Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

              Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

              1401 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 2,094 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Mt Hood provides a scenic backdrop for this waterfront Marriott, set across from Tom McCall Park and a riverfront promenade; Keller Auditorium is 4 blocks away; Pioneer Place is 8 blocks away.

                The Heathman Hotel $111
                The Heathman Hotel

                The Heathman Hotel

                1001 SW Broadway, Portland, OR
                   
                  4.4
                  of 5, from 2,146 reviews
                  4.5 out of 5.0

                  Located in the downtown core of both the financial and artistic core of the city, The Heathman Hotel is within a few blocks of Pioneer Courthouse Square, City Hall, and the renowned Pearl district.