While in Portland, Ore., visitors can go shopping, experience nature, get in touch with literature and visit historical sites. Because there is no sales tax is Oregon, visitors can really get into shopping. Some great shopping districts include downtown Portland, Nob Hill and Mississippi Avenue.
Visitors can experience nature while in Portland by going to one of the many parks or hiking Mt. St. Helens. The Tom McCall Waterfront Park runs for 1 mile along the Willamette River, allowing people to stroll along the paths or observe the beauty of the river and the city's skyline. Washington Park is one of the most popular destinations and has a lot to offer, such as the International Rose Test Garden, Japanese Garden, Oregon Zoo and Portland Children's Museum. The Portland Classical Chinese Garden is an amazing feat of landscaping unrivaled in the world outside of China itself. Those who want a great view of Portland can hop on board the Portland Aerial Tram and watch the Waterfront District slide by 3,000 feet below.
Literature enthusiasts need to head over to Powell's City of Books, the largest independent bookstore in the world. The store includes popular, rare and out-of-print books. The Central Library, one of the oldest public libraries in the West, is a respectable 100 years old.