Depending on the weather and your vantage point, Portland can have a very different look to it. From most viewpoints the city looks relatively flat, some mountainous terrain in the background, but dare we say it pretty indistinct overall. Yet when you capture Portland with the white top of the active stratovolcano of Mt Hood (11,249 ft or 3,429 m) in the background, indistinct is probably not the word that first comes to mind.
Portland is largest city of Oregon in the western United States. It sits on the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers and lies about 225km (140 mi) straight to the south of Seattle. For tourists it is one of those cities that is more about its laid back atmosphere and its slower pace than about touring major sights. It is sometimes credited with having a small town feeling to it, and given how friendly its people are (Ever been asked by a random stranger what your plans are for the weekend? Neither had we before visiting Portland), how walkable the city is and an apparent universal fondness of the outdoors, we can definitely see why.
But of course a feel good atmosphere doesn't fill an itinerary, so how about we leave you with a few recommendations? The Historic District of the Old Town is where you will probably want to start exploring. This area with its red brick buildings would not feel out of place in Europe and is the nightlife center of the city. Downtown is home to several parks and interesting museums, and there are other interesting neighbourhoods like Hawthorn Street with its shops, cafes and bars. Oh, and if you are in Portland on a Saturday or Sunday, hit up the Portland Saturday Market for arts and crafts or the Portland Farmers Market for allegedly one of the best farmers markets in the world.
Did we mention the rain? No? Oh. Well you'll find out. [Review by travelindicator]
- Portland is a city in United States's region of Oregon. It has a population of 583,776, is situated at an altitude of 33ft and the best airport to fly into is PDX (Portland International, Portland)
- The currency used in United States is the US dollar (USD)
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