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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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  • They had a Christmas tree that was about 50 feet tall and beautifully decorated. This area is right in the middle of downtown and next to the Nines Hotel and is a great spot to check out  more »
  • This is the center of the downtown area. I believe it's in May they decorate it with flowers but almost always on the weeekends there are events taking place and it can be a lively place. If you're wa...  more »
  • My kids do something with their phones where they walk around looking for Pokemon, I don't complain since they are actually outside doing some sort of physical activity. We walked this park and a few ...  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!