Downtown: Pioneer Square, Park Blocks, Broadway
S.W. 11th Ave. and Alder St. From here or the next stop (S.W. Taylor St.), you're just a block from the MAX, and from there, the world (the Red Line ends at Portland International Airport). Stroll east four blocks to reach S.W. Broadway and then south to the shops surrounding Pioneer Courthouse Square, downtown Portland's living room. Take a shopping break at Oregon Wines on Broadway (closed Sun-Mon; 515 S.W. Broadway; 503/228-4655).
S.W. 11th Ave. and Jefferson St. Walk east a block to the Portland Art Museum ($10, $15 Oct 29-Mar 19; closed Mon; 1219 S.W. Park Ave.; www.pam.org or 503/226-2811), where current exhibitions include shows of 17th-century Dutch paintings and 20th-century silver. Cross the elm-shaded South Park Blocks to the Oregon Historical Society ($10; 1200 S.W. Park; www.ohs.org or 503/222-1741) to see the award-winning Oregon, My Oregon and other exhibits. Around the block is Higgins Restaurant & Bar ($$$; 1239 S.W. Broadway; 503/222-9070), where star chef Greg Higgins continues to lead the local seasonal farm-to-kitchen movement. And just down Broadway is the Portland Center for the Performing Arts (1111 S.W. Broadway) and vintage Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (1037 S.W. Broadway; both www.pcpa.com or 503/248-4335).