Saturday, January 24, 2009

Portland Oregon with Kids in December 2007

As we plan a trip for this Spring to Portland with the kids, I am trying to think back on the details of our last trip to Portland. We had a really great visit and have been planning on heading back down there ever since.

Our last trip was quite different than this one, as it was completely spur of the moment. We had a big windstorm and lost our power and decided to take a road trip down to Portland where we would have electricity (it was mainly HEAT we wanted.)

We stayed in Vancouver that time and drove a short distance to a park-n-ride at a light rail station and headed into downtown Portland . That first place we hit was the visitors center at Pioneer Courthouse Square and talked to an incredibly helpful lady. This was so crucial since we had not had time to plan in advance.

Location: 701 S.W. Sixth Ave. at Morrison St.

Open Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.;
Closed Sun. November - April.

Call 503.275.8355 or toll-free 1.87.PORTLAND (1.877.678.5263).

I don't remember the details but I do remember lots of public transportation which was a treat for the kids. We enjoyed riding the light rail and the street car. The Children's Museum was a big hit. The big downer of the trip was it was FREEZING outside. Literally the highs were in the low 30s and it was so windy. We just bundled up and made the best of it but it did put a damper on the activities we could do.

It was a pretty short trip but this time we will have more time AND hopefully the weather will be significantly warmer! We are looking forward to seeing what else there is to see there.

*Note: I have written a bunch of posts about Portland so if you want to read more, click on the Portland Label at the end of the post, and you will see all the Portland entries.

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