Animated view of downtown Portland featuring 4 bridges with boats on the Willamette River and white clouds covering eastside

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In the Portland Region, the majestic Willamette River pulses with natural beauty, history and artistic expression.

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Start with a hearty meal at Bob’s Red Mill, the family-owned purveyor of whole grain goodness in Milwaukie. At the restaurant you can sample Bob’s signature Organic Steel Cut Oats and fresh-baked delights, Browse more than 500 bulk bins in the grain store and take a mill tour with a friendly “grain guide.”  

Get out on the river with eNRG Kayaking in Oregon City, which offers kayak and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) rentals and guided tours. Paddle along with osprey, blue heron and even sea lions on the way to dramatic Willamette Falls — the 2nd largest waterfall by volume in the U.S. only after Niagara Falls and one of Oregon’s best-kept secrets.

Visit the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center to learn about the 300,000 farmers, ranchers and dreamers who traveled the Oregon Trail in the 19th century in search of opportunity. Oregonians continue to pioneer new agricultural traditions, including Portland Cider Company, crafting English-style cider from signature Northwest apples.

Just west of the river, wander the 70 outdoor art instillations at Lake Oswego’s Gallery Without Walls and ponder the artistic spirit of this land of rivers and bridges.

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