Welcome to Portland
A hip neighborhood with a mix of big-city life and small-town charm
Portland, also known as the "City of Roses," is among the most popular destinations in the western part of the U.S. due to its natural beauty. This green neighborhood sits between the Columbia River and the Willamette River, which provides sparkling waters and beautiful city views. In addition, the city was designed to maximize green spaces for residents to relax and unwind without going too far.
Portland is ideal for walking, with numerous paved pathways winding throughout the city and neighborhoods and beautiful tree-lined streets. It is easy for residents to get to and from the area’s best amenities without having to travel very far.
The city also boasts of having one of the best mass transit systems in the U.S., as it features streetcars, buses, an urban light rail system known as the MAX, and historic trollies. Residents and visitors alike can move around Portland quickly since almost every neighborhood is connected to the transit system. It negates the need to own a car. In addition, Portland offers a free-ride zone where commuters can move around the city at no cost.
What to Love
- Abundant green spaces
- Quiet, relaxing environment
- Magnificent year-round views
- A hip, modern neighborhood
Portland is a vibrant city, with most residents having active lifestyles. The city has an urban feel, making it perfect for those who enjoy city living with the added benefit of access to numerous green spaces. Most residents love spending their time outdoors, as there are many places for skiing, rafting, cycling, and hiking.
Unlike many cities designed for cars, Portland is best suited for public transportation and walking, encouraging its residents to have a more active lifestyle. As a result, you are likely to see people walking, jogging, and cycling around Portland compared to most other cities in the country.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
Jake's Famous Crawfish is one of the most popular restaurants in Portland, specializing in fresh seafood. The establishment flies in fresh seafood daily to keep up with the high demand from locals who can't get enough of their meals. Screen Door Pearl District is a classic American restaurant that offers all the popular meals like burgers, French fries, and pizzas with speciality cocktails. Its outdoor seating area adds to the restaurant's appeal since diners can enjoy their meals marveling at the Portland beauty.
The Alberta Arts District is a must-go for any visitor to Portland. The area displays the city's love for art and unique designs that paint the various buildings. Furthermore, the Alberta Arts District has some chic restaurants and shops to complete the experience. NW 23rd Ave is another place to explore whenever you're in Portland. The street is full of unique boutiques, restaurants, and scenery, making it a viable tourist destination for anyone in the area.
Things to Do
Once in the area, you should go to the International Rose Test Garden and see why it is known as "The City of Roses." You can also sample world-class Japanese tea and treats at the Japanese Tea Garden.
- Portland State University
- Oregon Health and Science University