Skyline and bridge in Portland, Oregon (Portland Oregon Visitors Association/Brent Bradley)

Skyline view from Portland Aerial Tramway, Portland, Oregon (Hal Bergman/Photodisc/Getty)

Skyline and harbor, Portland, Oregon (John A. Rizzo/Photodisc/Getty)

Mountain view over the city, Portland, Oregon (Portland Oregon Visitors Association)

Skyline of Portland, Oregon (PhotoDisc)

Bicyclist in Portland, Oregon (FogStock/Thinkstock)

Nightscape Portland Oregon (iStockphoto)


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What to do in Portland

Portland is where the progressive, alternative, indie—bike lanes, green buildings, solar-powered parking meters—are so common that they’re mainstream. Here, the line between tattooed Marxist and iPad yuppie, between Birkenstocks and go-go boots, is happily blurred. But there’s one good reason it’s a utopia for young intellectuals and aspiring artists: Portland is an accepting and beautifully manageable place. Take Forest Park, the biggest urban wilderness in America. Or the ten bridges that span the Willamette River. Dainty bungalows cluster around taverns and funky boutiques. Everywhere you turn, you trip over a local coffee roaster, world-class microbrew, or tiny gallery. Though the city may not have invented the sustainable trend, it certainly has embraced it, and farmers’ markets spill over with local wine, fish, meat, and cheese.

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Traveler Reviews of Portland

carrie rates Portland
I really enjoyed my recent visit to Portland. The downtown area is fairly compact so you can get around for a weekend trip without a car. The public transportation is pretty convenient if you do want to venture a bit further. There are a lot of good restaurants and shopping in the Pearl district which is right next to downtown. On weekends there is a big farmers market downtown that also has artists and shops selling odds and ends. There are several breweries right in town that have tasting rooms and restaurants. It's a great city to just wander around and explore.
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