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What you should know about North Portland

Wedged between the Willamette and Columbia Rivers is North Portland, one of the 5 culturally vibrant neighborhoods that make up the city of Portland. A naturally striking area, North Portland encompasses an impressive harbor, an island, and one of the largest urban wetlands in the United States. It is also home to the University of Portland, the Port of Portland, and a thriving craft beer scene centered on brewpubs, microbreweries, and a whole host of beer-themed events.

Hotels in North Portland

Many of the hotels in North Portland make the most of the area’s stunning natural beauty. Situated on Hayden Island, the 3-star Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach has its own marina overlooking the tranquil waters of the Colombia River. For a real treat, why not opt for the stately RiverPlace, a very popular and exquisitely designed boutique hotel set on the grassy banks of the Willamette River. Apartment accommodation in North Portland is also plentiful, with good-quality options such as the highly rated Residence Inn Marriott Portland North Harbour, which offers a selection of private apartments with access to an outdoor pool and fitness center.

Things to see in North Portland

A number of North Portland hotels are located near the Smith and Bybee Wetlands, a vast wetland park that hosts an amazing array of indigenous flora and fauna, such as beaver, otters, bald eagles, and painted turtles. You can even rent canoes and hit the water at Columbia Slough, a narrow waterway in the wetlands that stretches for 19 miles. No visit to North Portland is complete without snapping a photo alongside the colorful 30-foot statue of mythical logging figure Paul Bunyan. Another popular attraction in North Portland is St. John’s Bridge, a majestic Gothic-style suspension bridge that was built in 1931 and spans the Willamette River right across to Northwest Portland. North Portland is also home to Portland International Raceway, the high-octane setting for a number of important car racing events, including the NASCAR stock car racing series.

Good for nature lovers

With its stunning mountain backdrop, sumptuous wetlands, tranquil harbor, and two rivers, North Portland is a true haven for nature lovers. Situated away from downtown Portland, this neighborhood offers a whole host of opportunities for travelers looking to explore and experience the best of the great outdoors. Whether it’s hiking through the wilds of the 2000-hectare Forest Walk, biking under the grand arches of St. John's Bridge in Cathedral Park, or indulging in high-octane water activities on the Columbia Slough, there is plenty on offer for even the most hardened outdoor enthusiasts.

How to get to North Portland

The nearest airport to North Portland is Portland International Airport, just a half an hour’s drive from most North Portland hotels. If you’re arriving into downtown Portland by bus or by train, you can catch the MAX Yellow Line up to North Portland, or hop on one of the many local buses that serve this route. Biking is huge in North Portland, with many dedicated bike lanes and a good selection of bike rental stores. An urban walkers’ paradise, North Portland is also ideal for exploring on foot, the perfect mode of transport for taking in the beauty of this tranquil neighborhood at your own pace.

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