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
Absolutely Fabergé: Easter eggs with a difference
Chocolate isn't the only variety of egg attracting admiring glances this Easter - the world's second largest collection of Fabergé eggs has just gone on display at a new museum in St Petersburg, Russia...
Portland destination guides
Plzeň: capital of culture, birthplace of beer
The Czech city of Plzeň (or Pilsen) has always been famous for its beer. After all, when a particular brew is labelled a pils or pilsner, it’s simply a tip of the hat to the town where the modern version of this amber-coloured lager was first developed in the mid-19th century...
Small-Group Portland Beer-Tasting Tour
Experience Portland from a beer lover’s perspective on this brewery tour. Visit several local breweries to meet the beer makers, take behind-the-scenes tours and sample craft brews. Along the way, your expert guide will take you through Portland's vibrant neighborhoods and teach you about the city’s interesting history, culture and natural landscape.
Portland Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Trolley and Columbia River Gorge Tour
See Portland’s best sights and the spectacular natural beauty of the nearby Columbia River Gorge with this combo tour. Use your 2-day hop-on hop-off sightseeing trolley pass to explore top Portland attractions such as the International Rose Test Garden, Powell’s City of Books and the Oregon Zoo at your leisure.
Unusual places to stay in the USA
We all know that lodging can make a break or vacation, but staying somewhere unique - a tipi, say, or a giant bird's nest, or even spending the night underwater - can turn a humdrum holiday into an unforgettable trip...