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Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
3.9/5 based on 380+ 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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  • Something always going on here plus and awesome visitors center with really helpful friendly staff Farmers market food carts and lots of people watching 
  • We had one night in Portland, and made the most of it! Pioneer Courthouse was located a couple blocks from Hotel Rose, and we were able to walk there easily/safely. The mall was great, had an adequate...  read more »
  • A good place to aim for on your first trip into Portland because of transport and also the information office. Where was it, underground and it took us a couple of circuits to identify exactly where t...  read more »
  • 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!
  • An icon for NW Portland. It's historic, lively, safe and always bustling with events & people. Great tourist stop. Great fun always! It won't disappoint.
  • The living room of Portland. It's so cool to be able to just sit down and relax and people watch. Includes several interesting features by the designers, including the amphitheater where people could stand in the middle and have their voice echoed back to them. Another cool feature is the sign post that points to several odd attractions. As a chess player, I love the intentionally fallen down column that had a chess board and a bronze chess queen, a coffee cup, and a wallet.
  • Like any great park or public center it is mostly magical based on the people who are interacting within it's boundaries. This is a very blank slate kind of space. Which is a big factor in how much I love it. Don't get me wrong, there's one of our most charming Starbucks on the block, as well as an amazing array of steps which make you lovingly hope that someone doesn't try to enforce handrail codes someday, an amazing water feature and the visitor's center. But where the magic comes in is on a nice day during lunch, or Flicks on the Bricks events and other things that bring people together in this massive city center open space. I for one am glad Portland set aside some of these places early on as infill has already taken so many amazing spaces away. It's important to preserve some of them and know they all have social value. Obviously this is an oven of a space on a hot sunny day, but it's Portland so most of our time is lovely... shhhh, don't tell the tourists that ;) If our secret gets out more folks will want to live here. It's a nice break from what "normal" folks do downtown with lots of shopping and things to do around. Take a moment and just enjoy watching those folks from a great perch here... on the bricks.
  • This is an open square area. Very nice. Popular with tourists and locals alike. Quite a few beggers though (problem for the entire city of Portland). Starbucks in the middle of the square. Very cheap parking at garages nearby (3-5 dollars an hour). Lots of good restaurants. I strongly recommend Departure rooftop across the street from the square with gorgeous views of the city.
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