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Thinking about visiting Portland? That's odd. We were just thinking you should go, too. Portland's history of liberally upholding civil rights and pushing free speech boundaries; high saturation of characters, musicians and artists; and its smattering of unique venues and events has earned it a reputation as a curious spot with a one-of-a-kind personality. Deservedly, the colourful city's unofficial slogan is, "Keep Portland Weird."
Portland's green space and green planning make it an ideal spot for getting around without a car. Many parks, as well as a highly-touted public transit system, help visitors get around the eco-friendly city with ease and pleasure. It is considered one of the most environmentally friendly cities on the planet and the city's planning department is consistently recognized for their work preserving and integrating the Pacific Northwest's beauty. Portland has long been referred to as The Rose City due to the favourable flower-growing conditions.
Portland has more microbreweries (53) than any other city on the planet. Pair that with the great beer fests, beer-friendly movie theatres, and historic drinking spots, and you'll get a good idea of why one of Portland's nicknames is Beervana.
If you are worried about having a beer on an empty stomach, don't be. Portland's rising culinary scene fills its pantries with local fish, fruits and vegetables and has several nationally-recognized restaurants ranging from greasy spoons to fine dining. Numerous food carts roam the city's roads offering up a wide range of tasty sidewalk treats. Also known for artisanal coffees, you may want to top off your meal at one of Portland's eccentric cafes.
Numerous bicycle rental spots and dedicated bike lanes make it easy to burn off any extra baggage you have picked up before your flight home. You will find a variety of activities to ride to, including music shows, museums, festivals, sporting events and eclectic shopping (there's zero sales tax). Local markets and shopping arcades are filled with hand-crafted goods, art and clothing from Portland-based artists and entrepreneurs. The city also holds claim to the world's largest new and used bookstore, covering an entire city block.
Portland lies at the end of the Oregon Trail and is surrounded by several natural wonders worth visiting including the Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood and the public beaches of the Pacific Coast.
Come with an open mind and you just might find yourself returning to Portland again and again.
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