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• • • • O R E G O N • • •
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Oregon is as well-known for its pristine rivers, thick forests and breathtaking Pacific coastline as it is for its inhabitants' desire to preserve such beautiful scenery. Such an environmentally-aware attitude also goes hand-in-hand with the natives' love of outdoor adventure. And with a playground like Oregon, it's no surprise that rock climbing, skiing, whitewater rafting and mountain biking are extremely popular activities. 

Even in Oregon's cities, visitors can feel the call of the wild. In downtown Portland, for example, trees and city parks dominate the landscape. An astounding 37,000 acres of parks (and an extinct volcano) are contained within the city limits!  Such greenery makes for a lovely view from the Oregon Convention Center, which is touted as the Pacific Northwest's premier meeting place and has drawn an estimated 6 million people worldwide since its opening in 1990. Home to three Fortune 500 companies, Portland offers ample space and accommodations for business meetings and conventions. 

If you get a few extra hours, make sure to sample the product of Portland's famous brewpubs and coffeehouses. Also don't pass up the opportunity to take a stroll through Washington Park’s Japanese Garden, hailed as the most authentic Japanese garden outside Japan, or Powell's Books, the nation's largest bookstore.

C O N V E N T I O N   V I S I T O R S   B U R E A U S

See what Oregon has to offer by visiting the Oregon Tourism website, which has a comprehensive listing of the attractions and accommodations available by region. www.traveloregon.com

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Historical Note: Simon Benson, a teatotalling lumber baron and philanthropist, was walking through his Portland mill one day in the early 1900s when he noticed the smell of alcohol on his workers' breath. When Benson asked these men why they drank in the middle of the day, they replied there was no fresh drinking water to be found downtown. Upon hearing this, Benson proceeded to commission 20 elegant freshwater drinking fountains, now known as the Benson Bubblers. Beer consumption in the city reportedly decreased 25 percent after the fountains were installed. Simon Benson's water fountains still bubble invitingly on Portland's downtown streets.