This Magnet Shows The City of Portland, Oregon, on a Fine Summer Evening
Front and center in this lovely shot is the Willamette River and one of the city's famous bridges: the Steel Bridge. The Steel Bridge was opened in 1912 and is a remarkable structure. It has two decks: the lower deck carries intercity passenger rail (through Amtrak) on their way to the city's Union Station, but it also has dedicated bicycle lanes as a part of the city's extensive bicycle network. On the upper deck, there are lanes for motorists as well as the rails of the city's light railway, "MAX." Making the bridge even more remarkable is the fact that it is a vertical lift structure, meaning that the central portions of both decks lift directly into the air, allowing large vessels to pass underneath - an important feature as the Willamette River is a major thoroughfare for sea-bound traffic.
Things to Do In Portland Oregon
As Oregon's largest city, not to mention a mecca for artists, musicians and counter-culture innovators, Portland has many attractions for visitors, both domestic and international. The nearby Columbia River Gorge possesses beautiful views both from the water and while hiking. The downtown is both pedestrian and bike friendly and is home to art museums, parks and shopping centers. In Washington Park on the city's west side are the famous Japanese Gardens and the International Rose Test Garden, not to mention the city zoo. Garden aficionados also enjoy the city's Lan Su Chinese Garden, based upon the traditional scholar's gardens in Portland's sister city of Suzhou in eastern China. Recently, the city built an aerial tram connecting the waterfront with the campus of the Oregon Health and Science University - but is popular with visitors because of the stunning views of the city available from the gondolas.