Portland Saturday Market

The Portland Saturday Market is the longest continuously operated outdoor market in the United States, now in its 41st year.  The market is available every Saturday and Sunday from March until Christmas, in the Tom McCall Waterfront Park alongside the Willamette River in the Old Town section of Portland.

The Saturday market is an arts, crafts and food market with over 250 exhibitors.  Among the ready to eat food booths all of the major food groups are represented:  Greek, Thai, BBQ, burgers and fried dough.

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Columbia River Gorge

From Wikipedia:

The Columbia River Gorge is a canyon of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Up to 4,000 feet (1,200 m) deep, the canyon stretches for over 80 miles (130 km) as the river winds westward through the Cascade Range forming the boundary between the State of Washington to the north and Oregon to the south. Extending roughly from the confluence of the Columbia with the Deschutes River down to eastern reaches of the Portland metropolitan area, the gorge furnishes the only navigable route through the Cascades and the only water connection between the Columbia River Plateau and the Pacific Ocean.

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Oregon State Capitol

The Oregon State Capitol is located in the city of Salem which is only about 45 miles south of Portland.  This is a working building that houses state executive offices as well as chambers for both branches of the legislature.

Oregon State Capitol and grounds

On February 14, 1859, Oregon became the 33rd state to be admitted to the United States.  The current Capitol building was constructed from 1936 to 1938.  It is the third structure to serve as the Capitol, both of the earlier buildings were destroyed by fire.