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Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland

(3.9/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
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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  • What used to be a fun place to visit is going downhill fast. Much of the Square and surrounding streets have been taken over by the homeless and druggies. On our last visit we were subjected to people...  more »
  • There's construction going on in the Square now. Not sure when it will be done. Hopefully it will be finished by summer.  more »
  • love to come here in the springtime or summer especially when they have the flowers out in a design, not to mention a great place to people watch!!!  more »
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  • Just really pretty here! Able to just sit and people walk. Some very nice buildings and architecture around too.
  • Amazing public place with beautiful combination of modern and ancient architecture around the place. Love the public events that are held quite often. Easily accessible place through buses and trains. Even more beautiful during a sunny day!
  • A (typically) family friendly gathering area. Almost always some sort of event going on - food festivals, contests, concerts, markets. Max trains run on each side, less than a 5 minute walk from over 30 bus lines, right near Pioneer Place mall as well. Comes with the requisite occasional proselytizing maniacs too :-)
  • This is where you find the local tourist center, which is right next to the Tri-Met transit office. Also all light rail lines pass by Pioneer Square. It should be considered the center of the downtown area. There is a Starbucks at the top and places to eat on the North and south sides. The courthouse is on the East side In the square itself they often have events and on other days you may find street musicians.
  • This is such a lively little square downtown. There are often events taking place in the square (the Christmas tree lighting is seriously delightful). Grab a juice or a coffee from one of the nearby shops and take a seat for excellent people-watching. There's also a neat little visitor's center down below where you can get information and maps of Portland and the surrounding area. This is also where you can hop on the pink hop-on hop-off bus tour!