About Portland

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As Oregon’s most populous city, Portland is split into five neighborhoods. Portland is known for its urban greenscape and numerous parks, including Washington Park, which includes a zoo, forestry center, arboretum, amphitheater, and various recreation activities. The city’s International Rose Test Garden is located within Washington Park, and features more than 7,000 rose plants of more than 500 varieties. The roses bloom from April through October, with June as the peak bloom month and date of the annual Portland Rose Festival. Also within Washington Park is the Portland Japanese Garden, a traditional Japanese garden that spans more than five acres. The garden contains five distinct subgardens, including the Strolling Pond Garden, the Natural Garden, the Sand and Stone Garden, a Flat Garden, and the Tea Garden. Garden highlights include an authentic tea house, Zen garden, and multi-tiered pagoda lantern. Portland is also known for its microbrew beers, and his home to more breweries than any other U.S. city. Portland celebrates its beer heritage with several annual festivals, including the July Oregon Brewers Festival - the largest gathering of independent craft brewers in North America – the Spring Beer and Wine Festival held in April, the Portland International Beerfest, held in July, and the Holiday Ale Festival, held every December.

The Portland – Hawthorne District Hostel is located in Portland’s Southeast neighborhood, which is known for its youthful, liberal environment. One of the most famous Southeast landmarks is the Bagdad Brewpub and Theatre, a 1927 theatre now on the National Register of Historic Places. Bagdad was the site of the One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest premiere in 1975. Hawthorne is also home to Powell’s City of Books, the largest independent bookstore in the United States.

The Portland – Northwest Hostel is located in the city’s Northwest neighborhood. Northwest is known for the Pearl District, a former industrial area that is now full of restaurants, shops, galleries, and brewpubs, as well as the Old Town Chinatown neighborhood. One popular Northwest attraction is the Portland Classical Chinese Garden, a walled garden that spans an entire city block. The garden features more than 100 trees, orchids, water plants, perennials, and bamboos with classic Chinese garden elements, including a tea room, bridges, pavilions, and the Tower of Cosmic Reflection. Forest Park, the country’s largest natural urban forest reserve, is a short distance away. With more than 5,000 total acres and more than 70 miles of hiking trails, Forest Park stretches for more than eight miles overlooking the Willamette River.

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HI Portland Hawthorne District

Portland is a city of eclectic neighborhoods, and HI Portland Hawthorne hostel is a mainstay of one of its coolest. The Hawthorne District is chock-full of amazing eateries, awesome bars, indie shopping, and the kinds of beautiful architecture and lush greenery Portland is known for. The hostel itself brings all the best of the neighborhood right to you: this is one of the most...

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HI Portland Northwest

Northwest Portland Hostel is centrally located in Portland’s historic and vibrant Northwest/Nob Hill district. Guests can walk downtown to Amtrak/Greyhound, Washington Park, Powell’s City of Books, local markets, the Pearl Arts district, Chinatown and much more. Nearby is Forest Park, the country’s largest urban wilderness. The airport MAX train stops 5 blocks from the...