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Though it’s not quite a big city, PDX (as it is called) is no small town, either. Its residents are crafty and creative, its style is comfortable and laid-back, its tastes are slow and delicious. And yet, there is a spirit to Portland that remains gritty and spontaneous.
Portland’s downtown is vibrant and walkable, though the best places to savor Portland’s flavors and experience its spirit is in its many eclectic neighborhoods. Check out the unique shops on Nob Hill, down a double shot of espresso while people-watching on Alberta, and grab a gourmet meal on Hawthorne. Nature lovers will be wowed by the lush green of Portland’s Forest Park, the largest urban park in the nation.
Bicycle enthusiasts will find much to be impressed by in this city of award-winning bike-friendliness. In fact, anyone can explore without a car here as the city proudly boasts an incredibly easy-to-navigate transit system.
Visit Portland hungry, and you won’t need much cash to feast, either; Portland is a food-cart mecca. Have your lunch on the street, or order up a burger at one of PDX’s best brewpubs.
Things to Do in Portland
Take a Hike: The 30.2 mile long Wildwood Trail, a National Recreation Trail, is part of the region’s 40-Mile Loop system that links Forest Park to pedestrian and other routes along the Columbia River to Gresham, to Southeast Portland, along the Willamette Greenway, and back to the Marquam Trail in Southwest Portland.