Some fun things to do in Portland include browsing Powell's City of Books, hiking Mount Hood, exploring Tryon Creek State Park and meandering down Old Town Historic District. Visitors can stop by at the Portland Saturday Market to peruse one of the largest craft markets in the country.
Visitors to Portland, Oregon can visit one of the largest independent bookstores in the country covering a square city block. Before a visitor embarks on this adventure, she needs to grab a map to keep from getting lost in the stacks. Mount Hood is a fun place to go for skiing during the winter months or hiking during the summer. Other cold-weather activities include snowshoeing, snowboarding and snowmobiling. There are dozens of trails available for hiking and biking from the 23-mile Timberline Trail and the 16-mile Surveyors Ridge to the 5-mile Barlow Butte or Horseshoe Ridge.
Visitors can also get in touch with nature by enjoying Portland Japanese Garden or Classical Chinese Garden, located in Washington Park and Old Town respectively. Forest Park is another fun alternative to Fort Hood. At 5,000-acres, this urban park offers more than 70 miles of hiking and biking trails as well activities for birdwatchers. For visitors who enjoy intellectual pursuits, the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and the historical Pittock Mansion are available.