Join ACRL in Portland!Portland, Oregon is a city made for exploring your passions. Whether you enjoy reading or collecting, craft beers or local food, vintage theatres or art galleries, cheering the soccer team or blazing your own trail in historic neighborhoods or the extensive park system, you’ll find plenty to love. Explore Travel Portland for all kinds of ideas.
Getting Around . . . and Enjoying the Journey
Portland’s public transportation system, TriMet, provides easy access to Portland’s vibrant downtown from the convention center as well as many of the city’s wonderful neighborhoods. The majority of ACRL events will take place in the Oregon Convention Center which is easily accessible by the MAX light rail. All registered convention attendees will receive a light rail pass for the duration of the conference. All ACRL hotels are within a few short blocks of the MAX. See how convenient the hotel locations are on the ACRL 2015 hotel map. For the full Portland experience, consider renting a bicycle or taking a bicycle tour and discover for yourself why Bicycling magazine calls Portland “America’s Best Bike City”.
Food and Drink
Portland’s dining scenes is truly one of the best in the country. Portland has been called “the most fascinating gastronomic city in America, the all-around champion in the category of food and drink” and “America’s new food Eden” and with good reason! With its long growing season and ready access to local farms and seafood from the coast, Portland attracts passionate, creative chefs excited to turn this local bounty into fresh, creative fare. The food scene in Portland is famous for being inventive, low-key, and affordable. With a wide range of choices - from fine dining restaurants to food carts - Portland has something for everyone.
Portland is also famous for being a beer drinkers paradise, consistently topping lists of the best beer cities in the country and, indeed, the world. With more breweries per capita than any other city in the country, an excellent beer is waiting for you just about everywhere you go in Portland.
Try these foodie websites to plan your culinary tour of Portland:
Arts and Culture
The Portland Art Museum and Oregon History Museum are both located along the South Park Blocks, a city park spanning twelve blocks in the heart of downtown Portland. If you crave live performances, Portland Opera,the Oregon Ballet Theater, the Oregon Symphony, and Portland Center Stage all play in venues on the south park blocks. Equally easy to get to, the Museum of Contemporary Craft is quite near the North Park Blocks. Portland’s trendy Pearl District is home to many art galleries.
Indulge your appetite for books at Powell’s City of Books, Portland’s famous city-block sized bookstore, usually tops the “must visit” list of visitors to the city, especially librarians. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to explore and plan on shipping a box of books home! While Powell’s might be the most famous bookstore in the city, Portland is a city in which independent bookstores still thrive.
Beyond Books: Shopping Downtown and in the Neighborhoods
Oregon’s largest mall, the Lloyd Center, is within walking distance of the Oregon Convention Center, and Pioneer Place and other downtown stores including Macy’s and Nordstrom are minutes away on the light rail. The Pearl District and many other distinctive shopping districts, each with their own unique history and character, are easily reached using public transportation and offer their own bars, restaurants, historic movie houses, and other hidden treasures. Saturday Market runs from March to December each year and features local artisans, food, and Portland’s Waterfront Park.
Portland’s location on the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers provides wonderful views, opportunities for boating and kayaking, and viewing birds and wildlife. Portland’s parks are plentiful (200 parks within the city limits!) and varied (from the world’s smallest park to the largest forested area within city limits in the US to an extinct volcano). If you enjoy hiking, you’ll want to explore at least some of Portland’s 220 trails.
Planning to extend your visit beyond Portland? Beautiful scenery and outdoor activities in the Columbia River Gorge, Mt Hood, and the Oregon coast are only an hour away.