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The City of Roses, Portland Oregon, has recently been bestowed with a new name - that of America's "Best Big City" according to Money magazine. Known for its natural beauty, Portland also has a reputation for its lively culture, enticing food scene, and its trademark nod to all things "green." Watch this video to discover Portland!

Foodies rejoice! If you are looking for culinary adventure, prepare to be dazzled. Known for the seasonality of its dishes, Portland offers visitors and residents the freshest ingredients - whether you're talking microbrews or seafood. Passion for food combined with respect and pride for all things local, and added to the diverse cultural population of the city, make for an area rich in tastes and opportunities. For a comprehensive list of dining experiences, visit Travel Portland.

Portland has so much culture that one of its downtown districts is actually named the "Cultural District." With more than 150 galleries and numerous museums, the city burst with so much creativity that art doesn't always live within the walls of a museum! Visit the sidewalk on Yamhill Street called Street Wise, full of public art, or take in the nearby Soaring Stone Sculptures. Continue toward the South Park Blocks to find out what is happening at the Portland Art Museum. Visit a transfigured warehouse in the trendy Pearl District, or an emerging neighborhood on the east side. Portland offers opportunities to simply dabble, or to fully immerse yourself in the best of Northwest arts and heritage.

Outdoor Activities
Portland would not be the same without its multitude of festivals and outdoor activities. In June, many outdoor markets line the city streets. On Saturdays, enjoy hunting for treasures at the Saturday Market, or check out one of Portland's plentiful farmers markets where you are sure to find fresh, seasonal ingredients. In early June, attended by more than two million people, the famous Portland Rose Festival at Waterfront Village boasts such attractions as the Grand Floral Parade, an amusement park for children, music, food, and many other festivities.

Portland offers many escapes to diverse and beautiful surrounding areas. For the adventurers, tour volcanoes or whale watch with one of the many eco-tours. Whether looking to hike, raft, or surf, the beautiful surround areas of Portland have something for everyone. For the wine enthusiast, sumptuous vineyards are a day trip away, ripe with wines that rival the best France has to offer. For a list of wine country day trips, visit the Travel Portland website for easy reference. And for those looking for something off the beaten path, perhaps a balloon ride is the way to go - gliding over beautiful vineyards and luscious hillsides while learning about the area's rich history.

Ever wonder what shopping without a sales tax would be like? Wonder no more, fellow traveler, Portland is your destination. For a complete list of all things shopping, visit the Travel Portland, shopping page.


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