Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland

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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 Oregon's most visited city.

The Square is one of Portland's leading outdoor venues, hosting over 300 events each year that range from large-scale concerts to cultural festivals. The Square is a true symbol of Portland with its bricks symbolizing the people that make Portland such an extraordinary city.
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  • Best attractions in Portland in particular that this landmark is less central. Has become like the Amphitheater area, including many statues. I want to spend, and Starbucks. Go one block to the East, and souvenir shops (Made in Oregon) is in the basement and Mall.
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  • I’ve always been a little disappointed in this place because it is so small but I think everyone should see it. It is truly Portand’s Living room with lots of people to talk to.  more »
  • I've lived in Portland area for several years now, and I still cannot stand downtown at all. Having spent a lot of time in many other cities, I find downtown Portland to be dirty, narrow streets, insu...  more »
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  • Pioneer courthouse square is a great place to hang out with friends or family. It is surrounded by good places to eat or drink (non-alcoholic of course). I really really like to screw around with the echo brick thingy majiggy. I went to elementary school really really close to here and I rediscovered it recently. On the day that they put the tree up they give away free hot chocolate. It is an altogether great place to be.
  • Very nice place to be. There is a Starbucks right in the corner, the street sign pointing to all the cool different locations and distances was awesome (“Great wall of China, x miles) The brickwork is very nice and there is a section of bricks that has peoples names on them. Didn’t look into see who or what they were. There is an information desk that is wonderfully closed on the weekend when visitors come in the first place, but it’s alright.
  • I love the place that us locals call" Pioneer Square". It's also known as" Portland's living room" There is always a variety of activities and events going on here. Recently they eliminated the mens and women's bathrooms and built just one gender neutral bathroom. The progressive idea seemed really unappealing to me, but upon trying it, I found that I actually like it better for a few reasons. Upon taking my daughter there it felt more like a"family bathroom" and for your safety, there is always a security guard present .
  • This place can be crowded most of the year because it is a central transit location. My last visit it was still closed because of remodeling but I do enjoy a quick stop each time I'm in town. On the sad side though it is a haven for homeless and panhandlers because of it's prime location in the city.
  • Great to see the Christmas tree Ithe square! if you there at the right time you will find a dragon way up in the sky! And never forget to sing your favorite song while your the star in the center of the Amphitheater!

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For easy foot access to Portland's best shopping, dining, and entertainment, stay in or around the downtown area, connected to the rest of the city by light rail. This compact and busy part of Portland contains the highest concentration of hotel rooms in the city, allowing you to explore options ranging from boutique properties to big chains. Thanks to Portland's convenient transportation system, you can also choose a less expensive motel or bed and breakfast in one of the outlying neighborhoods, and still be within minutes of most major tourist attractions.
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