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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 at Hotel Rose $98
Staypineapple at Hotel Rose

Staypineapple at Hotel Rose

50 SW Morrison Street, Portland
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 2,108 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 $101
    Hotel Modera

    Hotel Modera

    515 Southwest Clay St, Portland
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 3,257 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.

      Dossier $135
      Dossier

      Dossier

      750 SW Alder Street, Portland
         
        4.4
        of 5, from 1,596 reviews
        4.5 out of 5.0

        This downtown Portland hotel is close to the Pearl District's nightlife, prized restaurants, unique shops, arts/cultural venues, and the waterfront. It is also a few blocks from Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and the Portland Art Museum.

        The Heathman Hotel $136
        The Heathman Hotel

        The Heathman Hotel

        1001 SW Broadway, Portland
           
          4.4
          of 5, from 1,999 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.

          The Benson, a Coast Hotel $142
          The Benson, a Coast Hotel

          The Benson, a Coast Hotel

          309 SW Broadway, Portland
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 2,334 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Built in 1913, this hotel is 4 blocks from Pioneer Square, MAX light rail trains, downtown shopping, and Pearl District shops, galleries, and restaurants. The Portland Center for the Performing Arts is nearby.

            The Paramount Hotel $129
            The Paramount Hotel

            The Paramount Hotel

            808 SW Taylor St, Portland
               
              4.5
              of 5, from 3,023 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              This casual, intimate hotel overlooks Director Park and is located in the heart of downtown Portland near concert halls, art museums, Pioneer Square shopping, restaurants, and MAX Light rail and trolley.

              University Place Hotel & Conference Center $70
              University Place Hotel & Conference Center

              University Place Hotel & Conference Center

              310 SW Lincoln Street, Portland
                 
                3.3
                of 5, from 2,461 reviews
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Dreamer, Portland State University, and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Pioneer Courthouse Square and Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) are also within 2 mi (3 km). PSU South-SW 5th and Jackson Station is 5 minutes by foot and PSU South-SW 6th and College Station is 6 minutes.

                The Nines, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Portland $179
                The Nines, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Portland

                The Nines, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Portland

                525 SW Morrison Street, Portland
                   
                  4.5
                  of 5, from 1,579 reviews
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Downtown Portland, this luxury hotel is steps from Pioneer Place and Pioneer Courthouse Square. Tom McCall Waterfront Park and Providence Park are also within 15 minutes. Mall-SW 5th Avenue Station and Pioneer Courthouse-SW 6th Avenue Station are within a 2-minute walk.