"Greenest City in America"
– Popular Science magazine, February 2008
No Sales Tax, and other Money-Saving Advantages
- Low hotel occupancy tax of 12.5 percent.
- No food and beverage tax.
- Free transportation on MAX light rail and streetcar in the "Fareless Square," including the downtown
and convention center areas.
- Portland Walking Tours: Another way to sightsee in Portland is by taking a walking tour. Walks are very easy, and there are a variety of themes ranging from historical sites in Portland to epicurean excursions. Admission fees depend on the type of tour.
- International Test Rose Garden: A Portland icon with great views of the city; this garden is free and open to the public.
- Portland Japanese Garden: Proclaimed as one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden is a 5.5-acre haven of tranquil beauty nestled in the scenic west hills of Portland, Oregon.
- Oregon Zoo
- Hoyt Arboretum: Hoyt Arboretum is a much-beloved Portland open space, covering 185 ridge-top acres about two miles west of downtown. It is home to a collection of trees representing more than 1,000 species gathered from around the world.
- Sauvie Island: Hosts pick-your-own berries and other fruits (peaches, apples, cherries) with an amazing view of 3 mountains (Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens) and family friendly farm activities, such as hay rides and a corn maze. Prices vary and a car is needed in order to get there.
- Powell's: One of the world's largest bookstores and encompassing an entire city block.
- Portland Farmer's Market: A great opportunity to sample local produce, meat, and have a hearty breakfast or lunch at the food court. No admission feeds and accessible by public transit.
- Portland Saturday Market: In operation since 1974 and is the largest continually operating outdoor arts and crafts market in the nation. It is one of the most popular shopping destinations for local handcrafted goods and is located in Portland's historic Old Town the Market.
- Pioneer Courthouse Square: Located in the heart of downtown Portland, Pioneer Courthouse Square is affectionately known as the City's "living room." With more than 26,000 people passing by the Square each day, and thousands more visiting the Square directly, it is the single most visited site in Portland.
- Oregon Historical Society: The OHS artifacts collection is comprised of over 85,000 artifacts, including ancient objects from the earliest settlements and objects that illustrate exploration in the Oregon Country, the growth of business and industry, the development of artwork and crafts, maritime history, and many other topics.
- Portland Art Museum: Portland Art Museum is the 7th oldest museum in the United States and the oldest on the West Coast. The Museum is internationally recognized for its permanent collection and ambitious special exhibitions, drawn from the Museum's holdings and the world's finest public and private collections.
- Voicebox Karaoke Lounge: Portland's only karaoke venue.
- Art Walks: First Thursday and First Friday are art gallery walks: galleries stay open late to allow you an opportunity to enjoy exhibits, wine, and music. Accessible by public transit.
- Columbia River Gorge/Multnomah Falls: This activity can take a half-day or whole-day depending upon how many falls you stop to see, whether you pack a picnic lunch, how many viewpoints you stop at, and if you walk along any of the hiking trails (some very easy trails) or not. No admissions fees but requires a car.
- Portland Spirit or Columbia Sternwheeler cruise: an opportunity to view Portland by water or view the waterfalls in the Gorge by water. Accessible by public transit but Columbia Sternwheeler will require a car.
- The Fruit Loop: Take this 35-mile, scenic drive through the valley's orchards, forests, farmlands, and friendly communities. Sample delicious fruits and take your favorites home, visit a winery, experience fields of fragrant lavender, meet adorable alpacas, savor delicious baked goods, and create memories by participating in family activities hosted at Fruit Loop locations throughout the year. The Fruit Loop is just an hour away from Oregon's largest city, Portland.
- Cannon Beach: Approximately 2-hour drive Portland through scenic wooded areas. Beautiful sandy beaches, downtown area with ice cream parlors, saltwater taffy, fudge, art galleries, souvenir shops, and more.
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Registration deadline - 10/8/2010
Registration deadline - 10/22/2010
From 10/23/10 - day of conference