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Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland

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#5 of 36 in Sightseeing in Portland
Landmark Tourist Spot
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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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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  • We were told that this was referred to as Portland's living room. We went there on the train for us to sign in for our hop on, hop off pink bus tour. The pink tent was located inside the walls but all...  more »
  • It's a brick space with a Starbucks as it's main attraction...if that tells you something. Be prepared to be accosted by various freeloaders looking for a handout that ask for spare change and then re...  more »
  • could not figure out what to see here. Just a bunch of commercial shopping but not much portland charm.  more »
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  • The iconic tourism spot in the SW. Great place to take visitors, since there's always something going on. Get an iconic picture with the umbrella guy or that street sign pointing out world cities. Grab a bite to eat at one of the on-site food trucks, or walk down to 10th and Alder to get something else! Great shopping center, and an awesome place to grab coffee at the see-through Starbucks while you meander toward the MAX line you need to catch. Great street vendors and some of the absolute best street performers.
  • A perfect place to get your downtown adventure started. It's surrounded by all the MAX lines and is close to many restaurants, bars, stores and hotels. Also only a six block walk to the waterfront.
  • This place is nice, it used to be a lot nicer. It doesn't feel so safe anymore, I would say to visit but to keep in mind of your surroundings and don't talk to strangers, let small things that bug you go,and be polite. keep that in mind pretty much everywhere in portland.
  • Nice park in the heart of the city. Many events occur here throughout the year. There is also a Starbucks and trimet office located on site. Unfortunately you also encounter some of the cities best and WORST crowds.
  • Excellent place to congregate and events thrown here are usually lots of fun. The city maintains it well, so it's a nice place to just chill no matter what time of the day. There's lots to do around the area and it's the center of the transit mall, where most of the public transit intersects.