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Southwest Fourth Avenue and Burnside Street | Portland, OR 97209 | Official website
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  • Type: Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.5)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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The best place to start your tour of Portland is in the Old Town Historic District. During the late 19th and early 20th century, this was the heart and soul of the city until the relocation of the main harbor moved the downtown core farther downstream. Today, Old Town is flanked by some of the city's trendiest restaurants and nightlife venues. During the day, this area is like an outdoor history museum, with red-brick buildings and cast-iron facades demonstrating Portland's original scenery. At the center of this neighborhood is the Skidmore Fountain, which was constructed as a water source for citizens and their four-legged friends. You'll also notice several examples of Asian influence, like the Japanese American Historical Plaza; when Portland was first founded, the city welcomed numerous Chinese and Japanese traders. 

The main attraction here is the Portland Saturday Market, which lures tourists and residents alike to Portland's former commercial hub. Nearby, the Tom McCall Waterfront Park offers great views of the Willamette River and plenty of space to explore Portland's greener side.

Throughout the year, the Old Town Historic District hosts a variety of special events, including weekly Art Walks and activity-filled family days. For more information, check out the Old Town Historic District's website.

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