Where is Milwaukie?
Milwaukie, a suburb directly southeast of Portland, is located on the eastern shore of the Willamette River, just six miles from the center of downtown Portland and 75 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. Majestic Mt. Hood is within an hour of downtown Milwaukie and offers year-round skiing, hiking, climbing and camping. Mount St. Helens, an active volcano, is visible from Milwaukie and located approximately 35 miles “upwind” in Washington State.
In addition, Milwaukie is home to community festivals, arts, cultural activities, spectator sports and family-centered entertainment. Please see www.cityofmilwaukie.org for more information. A variety of affordable housing options exist, including newer developments as well as established neighborhoods.
Living and Playing in Portland
Portland is acclaimed for its beauty and livability. Area residents combine an appreciation of cultural and recreational activities with a comfortable, informal style. Desirable, affordable housing is available in many areas of the city, and school systems are of high quality. Friendly people, a moderate climate, varied recreational activities and magnificent scenery all add to the enjoyment of life in the Pacific Northwest. Portland is a national leader in urban planning, with a wonderful track record of controlling sprawl and enhancing the balance between urban opportunity and environmental preservation. Please see www.travelportland.com.
Portland is also the gateway to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, famous as one of the world's premier wind surfing destinations. The Portland metropolitan area offers an abundance of recreational opportunities with its many parks, forests and waterways. Forest Park, located within the Portland city limits, is the nation's largest wilderness area inside a metropolitan boundary.
Portland Cultural Activities
Portland has an acclaimed symphony, an opera association with nationally renowned singers, a symphonic choir and several theater groups. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Oregon History Center, numerous museums and a newly renovated central library are among the cultural facilities in the city. Exciting nightlife and scores of fine restaurants and coffeehouses make Portland an enjoyable place to relax.
For more information on Portland and the surrounding area, visit: portland.citysearch.com.
Portland offers a wealth of recreational opportunities. Sandy Pacific beaches, just 75 miles away, offer all the fun of the seashore. Mountain lakes, streams and snow-capped peaks are within 60 miles. Mt. Hood offers the only year-round skiing season in the United States. The world-famous Columbia River Gorge begins just 25 miles east of Portland. Public parks are scattered throughout residential areas, as are numerous golf courses, swimming pools and tennis courts. The Willamette River, which cuts through the city, is popular for boating, water skiing and salmon fishing. The Rose Garden Arena, home of Portland's NBA Trail Blazers, also hosts major concert tours.
Portland’s mild climate can be attributed to its proximity to the coast (maritime influence) of the Pacific ocean. Although there are definite seasonal variations, the climate is without extremes of heat or cold. Average annual rainfall is about 42 inches, with many sunny days and frequent sun breaks.