Based on America’s northwest coast and steadily becoming one of the most fashionable and popular destinations in the US, Portland is a buzzing city with pretty architecture, energetic nightlife and a range of activities and attractions. Here you’ll find a huge number of micro-breweries, independent stores and boutiques, countless delicious restaurants and fashionable food ‘carts’.
The city overflows with cultural offerings – whether it’s the stacks at Powell’s City of Books or in one of the more than 100 craft breweries in the Portland metro area. The city of many nicknames (Stumptown, the City of Roses, Bridge City, P-town, PDX) has emerged as an urbanite’s dream, with some of the most pedestrian friendly streets in the country, many of which are lined with food carts that have given some of the best, most affordable and diverse street food anywhere.
It’s also full of adrenaline, with plenty of trails for hiking and biking (miles of them are found in Forest Park), as well as access to water sports along the Willamette and Columbia Rivers that dissect and border the city – not to mention the Volcanic Mount Hood. But the most-loved attractions are low-key and intangible: a sip of locally roasted coffee, a late afternoon chat at a brewery or a stroll through open art galleries on the first Thursday evening of the month.
All this action takes place against the backdrop of some stunning scenery, and the dazzling snow-capped cone of Mount Hood looms large over the city. One of the best ways to see Portland is as part of a self-drive or escorted tour. The rugged Oregon coast is only 90 minutes away, including Cannon Beach with iconic Haystack Rock rising 72 metres from its wide stretch of sand. Closer still is wine country, with the rolling landscapes of the Willamette Valley waiting to be explored; also the stunning chasms and waterfalls of the Colombia River Gorge, where watersports and river cruises are part of the fun.
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