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The bridges and skyline of downtown Portland

Kayakers explore Portland’s waterways

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Mt. Hood dominates the Portland skyline

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Portland is the gateway to Oregon

 

Portland is a small city with the vibrancy and personality of a big one. With a bustling downtown, tree-lined residential streets, and some of the best food in the region, you won’t regret the extra time you take to explore this beautiful City of Roses.

Portland lies at the northern end of the scenic Willamette Valley, but you don’t have to venture outside of the city limits to experience the natural wonders of the region – the numerous public gardens scattered across the city bring nature to this urban oasis. The International Rose Test Garden and the Lan Su Chinese Garden are must sees for any seasons. Portland is also home to the nation’s largest outdoor open-air arts and crafts market, the Portland Saturday Market, which is not to be missed.

If the weather is looking dreary, head indoors to Powell’s City of Books, a landmark of Portland and one of the world’s largest book stores, Powell’s covers an entire city block! Sip your hot cup of locally-roasted Stumptown Coffee as you browse the seemingly endless stacks of books.

In recent years, Portland has truly become a food lover’s paradise.  There is a vibrant restaurant and food cart culture in the city, where spectacular food can be found to suit any taste at any price. There are also 28 breweries in the city (more than any other city in the country), so ask your server to recommend some local favorites to compliment your meal.

Portland can also serve as a great home base for excursions to the Pacific coast, wine country, or nearby mountains. Hiking, skiing, snowboarding and water sports are popular with locals who will use any sun-filled summer day as an excuse to get outside and enjoy the spectacular natural environment that surrounds their city.

 

Travel Tips:
Portland has an international airport, but if you’re arriving by car it’s only a three hour drive from Seattle. The train is also a great option for those who just want to relax and enjoy the scenery on their journey.