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Portland OVERVIEW
At the edge of the fertile farms and vineyards of the Willamette Valley, Portland enjoys a spectacular setting alongside the Willamette River, with snow-crowned Mount Hood to the east. The greenery of the surrounding countryside is reflected in Portland’s remarkable network of parks and open spaces. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, which stretches the length of the Willamette River through downtown, serves as the city’s main stage, drawing revelers to events such as the Waterfront Blues Festival and the Oregon Brewery Festival. Across the river, the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade offers joggers, walkers and bikers a perfect riverside loop. It’s not just the landscape that’s green, though. Portland is one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the nation, with more than 35 buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, one of the nation’s highest recycling rates, and the highest percentage of bike commuters in the country. The downtown core is remarkably pedestrian-friendly. Visitors ...See More can forgo renting a car and hop on Portland’s light rail, streetcars or buses, which blanket the metropolitan region with routes. Proximity to the Willamette Valley has turned Portland into a gourmand’s dream, with award-winning restaurants featuring local, seasonal fare, and scores of breweries producing handcrafted beer. The Rose City cherishes its unique character: Numerous gardens brim with blooms, the arts scene features a youthful vibe and thrumming nightlife keeps things interesting after dark.See Less
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