I lived in Portland for two years and then came back to Texas. Wow -- what a mistake I made. Portland is absolutely beautiful and I'm going back. It's all about PDX!
Everyone should get a chance to visit Portland! I initially went to visit colleges in the area (Lewis and Clark was amazing, so was Reed), but the culture is really what captured me. Everyone in the area is so involved with the environment and nature, it's extremely refreshing. Don't be surprised to find that many people use bicycles or public transportation as their main way to get around -- that's just the kind of place it is!
We had the best time in Portland. We just love that city and people. We will always hold Portland close to our hearts. Thanks to the many nice people in Portland and Oregon who made our visit a nice one.
michael & carmen
There are amazing restaurants here -- in particular a vegan and a Greek restaurant right smack in downtown. There are lots of gardens in and outside the city and tons of parks where you can see both Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens.
Portland is a liberal, hippie town that doesn't deserve to have consumers' hard-earned cash. Everywhere I went people were rude and stuck up. It is beautiful but the people make it not worth going back. It's not a recommended stay unless you go out of the city, maybe then you will have a better time than I did!
If you want to know what heaven looks like, just visit Portland, then you'll realise by yourself after seeing it. It is a great place to live peacefully, no crime and a safe place from natural disaster. Wonderful angels are living here, don't miss it.
I have never been to a better city. Its full of fun, history, art, music, good food and tone of micro-brewery beer, culture, and parks, and great libaries and shops! I have been to all the big and small cities in the United States AND WILL NEVER COME ACROSS A CITY THIS AMAZING! Bring a rain coat!
Portland may feel small, which is part of its charm, but it is not a "small American city". The metropolitan area population ranks 22nd in the USA at about 2.2 million people.
One word: Beautiful. Portland is not a big tourist city, but that is because people don't know what a gem it is. Come for a weekend. If you have a car you can drive to Mt. Hood and Multnomah falls, or if not just enjoy downtown. Be sure to visit Powell's, the biggest bookstore in the world, encompassing an entire city block.
Portland... it isn't a big tourist destination really, but there may be no better example of the ideal small American city. It's a young town and the locals are some of the most genuinely friendly people you'll find anywhere. It has a lively downtown and nightlife. And it's surrounded on all sides by great outdoor hiking areas, including the spectacular Columbia River Gorge. Mt. St. Helens is a short drive away, and if you're into skiing, check out nearby Mt. Hood. It's the only mountain in North America with year-round snow skiing.
A view of downtown Portland from across the Willamette.
Portland is a mecca for hipsters, artists, musicians, and progressives. It's known for being bike-friendly, environmentally-friendly, vegetarian-friendly ... and just plain friendly. It's also a great jumping off point for visiting the surrounding Northwest outdoor attractions as it's within an hour or two drive to the Oregon coast, Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood (for snow skiing), and the scenic Columbia River Gorge.
There are a few options for hostels in Portland, giving you a choice between staying either downtown or in a nearby neighborhood.
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