Portland, Oregon, is all about progress. The forward-thinking city—known for its modern urban planning, environmentally friendly ordinances, and diverse population—is a top destination for business meetings. Travel Portland, the city’s convention and visitors bureau, boasts more than 175 hotels and over 21,000 guest rooms.

With its many pathways and bridges, Willamette and Columbia rivers, and 10,000 acres of public parks, Portland is known as an outdoor city. It’s famous for hosting 700-plus food carts and award-winning restaurants. Travel Portland boasts, “The food scene alone is enough to keep people busy for days.”

Portland is also a city of culture, where museums, art galleries, music clubs and performing-arts venues abound. Popular attractions include the recently expanded Portland Japanese Gardens, and Cartlab, which helped pioneer the city’s food cart movement.

Oregon Convention Center is among the most energy efficient conference venues in the world. The LEED Platinum convention center offers 225,000 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space, 50 meeting rooms, and two ball rooms, the largest providing 34,200 sq. ft. of space.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland is close to the convention center. It features 477 guest rooms and an 8,500-square-foot dedicated Executive Meeting Center. The hotel offers 45,000 sq. ft. of event space and 26 meeting rooms, the largest being 17,067 sq. ft.

The Benson Hotel is an architectural study in stately, Portland landmarks. The opulent hotel features 287 guest rooms, 18,000 sq. ft. of function space, 18 meeting rooms and banquet facilities, the largest meeting room being 5,850 sq. ft.

The Nines Hotel, near Portland’s MAX light-rail line, rests atop the landmark Meier & Frank Building. The hotel offers 331 guest rooms, 13,478 sq. ft. of indoor meeting space and six meeting rooms, with the largest being 7,176 sq. ft.