Call it what you want – PDX, P-town, Stumptown, City of Roses, Bridge City or Beervana – Portland positively rocks. It’s a city with a vibrant downtown, pretty residential neighborhoods, ultragreen ambitions and zany characters. Here liberal idealists outnumber conservative stogies, Gortex jackets are acceptable in fine restaurants and everyone supports countless brewpubs, coffeehouses, knitting circles, lesbian potlucks and book clubs. Portland is an up-and-coming destination that has finally found itself, and an appealing, can’t-miss stop on your adventures in the Pacific Northwest.
Best places to stay in Portland
Exploring the best of the Oregon coast on 7 easy hikes
You know those cliff-cut roads, rocky shores, surf waves and gold-sand beaches of California don't just stop cold when the state line passes by, right? In fact Oregon's stunning 360-miles of coastline is the great drive-and-hike destination of the West Coast.
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Adventures in the Columbia River Gorge
The state border between Oregon and Washington is notable for one thing: a river runs through it. But not just any river – the mighty Columbia, the fourth-largest river in the US, flowing through a massive gorge that’s up to 1219m (4000ft) deep and over 128km (80mi) long.
Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls
On this full-day tour, you’ll see the best of the Portland area including downtown's Pioneer Square, the famous food carts, eclectic neighborhoods and the beautiful waterfalls of Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. Along the way, learn about Portland’s interesting history and modern-day culture from your guide.
Best of Portland Small-Group Sightseeing Tour
Experience one of the Pacific Northwest’s most dynamic cultural hubs on this small-group Portland sightseeing tour. As you travel by luxury Mercedes van with your naturalist guide, explore green parks and diverse neighborhoods and stop by one of the largest independent bookstores in the world.
Brewed in the USA: the top 5 beer cities in America
American beer used to be the subject of jokes, and rightfully so - but no longer. These days you can find great beer everywhere from Brooklyn to Oakland, thanks to the booming American craft-brewing scene.