Gresham is the fourth largest city within the state of Oregon, with a population just under 100,000. It's the home of an annual Jazz Festival. It is in the metropolitan area of Portland and is generally considered a suburb of that city.

Get in

By plane

Portland International Airport (IATA: PDX) is located approximately 13 miles from Gresham. PDX is the largest airport located in the state of Oregon. Portland International Airports provides airline services through many companies.

By train

There is a local light rail train known as MAX. It runs through the center of Gresham and takes you through one of several possible locations. MAX extends its services from Gresham to Portland City Center and then off to Beaverton and finally Hillsboro. There is also a separate MAX line that goes to Portland International Airport and a third line that runs to the Expo Center. This is a great way to get around due to the heavy traffic on local freeways. TriMet's fare is $2.50 for a ticket good for two hours on any combination of trains and buses, and $5.00 for an all-day pass. The MAX is a good way to get around and its ride is relatively pleasant.


Mt. Hood Jazz Festival

The Mt. Hood Jazz Festival is an annual jazz festival held each August in Historic Downtown Gresham, Oregon at 200 NE Hood Avenue. The festival is produced by the Gresham/Mt. Hood Jazz Association (GMHJA) which is a non-profit, public benefit corporation whose goal is to "promote the appreciation of jazz as a unique American art form." The Mt. Hood Jazz Festival is the signature production of the Association, which produces other jazz performances and workshops year round.

The first festival was first held in 1982 and has run 26 consecutive years. The festival has featured guests such as: Sonny Rollins, Dave Brubeck, Tito Puente and B. B. King. For a detailed list of musicians who have appeared at the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival since 1982 visit the official Web site at




Restaurants are all over the city, but it is difficult to find restaurants with great food to offer.



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Routes through Gresham

END Portland  W  E  Hood River The Dalles
Ends at N S Portland  W  E  Boring Prineville
Astoria Portland  W  E  Hood River The Dalles

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