This Magnet Features an Image of a Boat Cruise on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon
Oregon's largest city, Portland, is blessed with two rivers: the Willamette and the Columbia. While the rivers have always provided economic benefit for the city's residents - it is no coincidence that on the city seal, the woman representing "Commerce" stands on a river bank - recently, the river has been opened to tourists as well. Visitors to the city can enjoy river boat cruises run by the "Portland Spirit" company. Specialty cruises include brunch on white linen tablecloths with live music, evening dinner excursions featuring the city lights, and quiet "early escape" trips. Portland is known as the "City of Bridges" and every trip involves views of the town's many river crossings - some of which are historic landmarks in their own right. Even long-time residents of Portland enjoy seeing their city from an entirely new angle.
Upriver From Portland, Visitors Can Have a Unique Thrill in the Columbia Gorge
As the Columbia River heads west towards the sea, but before it arrives in Portland, it passes through the Cascade Mountains. Here the river has cut away at the rock creating a mighty gorge, eighty miles (130 kilometers) long and over four thousand feet (1,200 meters) deep at places. A federally-protected National Scenic Area, the Gorge's dramatic landscape has attracted visitors for generations. Today the Gorge is a popular destination for both visitors and residents of Portland. They come for not only the scenery, but also hiking, mountain biking, fishing and even kite surfing. Portland is a city with the love for the outdoors and environmentalism and the locals take good care of this park and its unique landscapes. Within the Gorge, popular sites include Multnomah Falls (620 feet or 189 meters) and ancient Native American petroglyphs.