Portland travel planner

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Karl Samson

For more travel information, contact the Portland Oregon Visitors Association (877/678-5263, 503/275-8355, or www.travelportland.com).

ATTRACTIONS

Oregon Maritime Center & Museum. Learn about Portland's shipping history and tour a historic stern-wheeler. 11-4 Fri-Sun; $4. On the riverfront at the foot of Pine St.; (503) 224-7724.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). Primarily for children, this museum is the waterfront's top family attraction. 9:30-7 daily; $8. 1945 S.E. Water Ave.; (503) 797-4000 or www.omsi.edu.

Portland Saturday Market. Fun, funky, and fine crafts. 10-5 Sat, 11-4:30 Sun. S.W. Naito Pkwy. under Burnside Bridge; (503) 222-6072 or www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com.

ACTIVITIES

Portland River Company. Sea kayak rentals and tours provide a water-level perspective on Portland. Tours $39. At the RiverPlace Marina, 315 S.W. Montgomery St.; (503) 229-0551 or www.portlandrivercompany.com.

Willamette Jetboat Excursions. One- and two-hour tours take in the downtown waterfront, shipyards, and Willamette Falls. From $15. Tours start outside OMSI (see left); (888) 538-2628 or www.willamettejet.com.

DINING AND LODGING

Avalon Hotel & Spa. Luxurious new boutique hotel on the riverfront south of downtown, right on the Willamette Greenway Trail. From $205. 455 S.W. Hamilton Court; (888) 556-4402 or www.avalonhotelandspa.com. Newport Bay at RiverPlace. Champagne brunch; daily lunch and dinner. 425 S.W. Montgomery; (503) 227-3474.

RiverPlace Hotel. At the south end of Waterfront Park. The restaurant has good river views. From $219. 1510 S.W. Harbor Way; (800) 227-1333 or www.riverplacehotel.com.

Rivers. Affiliated with the new Avalon Hotel & Spa. Diverse American bistro menu; live music some nights. 470 S.W. Hamilton; (503) 802-5850.