Area Information

Welcome to Portland, Oregon!

Portland is one of the most exciting and creative cities in the United States so it is easy to see why so many trade show producers select the Portland Expo Center over other Northwest venues. Located about an hour from the Pacific Ocean and only 30 minutes from the Columbia River Gorge, Portland supports a diverse range of interests and activities. The Expo Center is located on Marine Drive with the Columbia River Slough to the North and stunning wetlands to the South. The Washington State border is just a quick trip over the Columbia River from the Expo Center which creates a unique patron base. Portland and the Expo Center offer you everything you need to make your event a huge success!

Portland Metro Overview

It's easy to find things to do in Portland: limitless recreation, fabulous food and drink, and flourishing culture. Some of the best Portland attractions include year-round skiing on Mt. Hood, a sweeping gorge boasting more than 70 waterfalls, and vineyards that produce some of the world’s best Pinot Noir.

Enjoy tax-free shopping at retailers large and small, international and indie, all within the city limits. Portland’s Pearl District is home to galleries, boutiques, chic restaurants and the legendary Powell's City of Books. And, oh yes-the nation's largest variety of local microbrews. In Portland, getting around is a breeze. An award-winning airport, efficient light rail system, pedestrian-friendly city blocks, and free public transportation within the central city make getting around town easy and fun. See for yourself, and come early or stay late to enjoy all that Portland has to offer.

Nearby Neighborhoods

Surrounding the Portland Expo Center, you’ll find neighborhoods rich with culture; Kenton, Bridgeton, St. John’s, Hayden Island, and North Portland all offer unique Portland activities. Visit St. John’s for breathtaking views of the St. John’s Bridge and the Willamette River or head to Kenton for a great meal and antiquing. The links below will provide information on all the wonderful things to do and see in these neighboring areas.