Especially when there are year round
opportunities to explore the resplendent
beauty of Oregon’s mountains, rivers,
waterfalls, beaches, lush wine country, and
even desert – all just a short drive from the
bustling metropolitan area.
One of the easiest cities in the country in
which to spend time outdoors, Portland
boasts plenty of hiking, climbing, mountain
biking, skiing, fishing, windsurfing, kayaking, snowboarding, camping and just about
anything else you can think of, all within a
couple of hours drive in any direction.
Often referred to as “America’s most European city” and named the #1 Greenest City
in America by Travel and Leisure for 2015,
Stumptown blends its hyper-mindful brand
of environmentalism with top notch sustainable eating, an excellent mass transit system, a
passion for cycling, and a deep love of nature.
Portland is a walker’s delight and rocks a
progressive vibe, celebrating the arts, count-
er-culture, and a discerning palate. Artisan
coffee, beer, wine and spirits abound, as does
a zeal for all things DIY, with boutiques,
stands, and carts boasting handmade clothes,
crafts, zines, and even furniture. Get your
eat on and pick up some farm fresh produce
and free range meat and dairy, as you stroll
through one of Portland’s many neighbor-
hood farmers markets or stretch your legs
while you take in Portland’s vibrant art scene
at First (or Last) Thursday’s art walks.
Whether you’re walking, biking (Portland’s
ranked the #3 Most Bike-Friendly City, just
behind Minneapolis and San Francisco,
according to Walk Score®), or simply using
Portland’s renowned mass transit system
(ranked #1 Mass Transit System in America
by Smart Asset), you’ll find it’s easy to get
around all five of Portland’s fabulous quadrants – and without the use of your car.
Which might just be one of the reasons
Forbes named Portland one of America’s
10 Healthiest Cities and Sunset Magazine
named it The Best Place to Ditch Your Car.
Love to commune with nature? With 17,000
acres of regional parks and natural areas,
you can spread out and take advantage of
all Bridgetown’s big backyard has to offer.
Portland sits nestled in the shadows of an old
growth forest that provides stunning views of
Mt. Hood from vantage points all around the
metro area and is also home to the country’s
largest urban forest, Forest Park.
With over 209 types of regularly visible bird
species, restored streams chock full of salmon,
and other native species populating the area,
Enjoy the roar of the crowd? Take your pick
of spectator sports from NBA basketball to
WHL hockey, MLS soccer, minor league
baseball, horse racing, and even roller derby
and get your inner face painter fired up for
Or hit the nearly 37-acre Tom McCall
Waterfront Park located downtown, on the
banks of the Willamette River for a variety
of activities from a simple but picturesque run, to the excitement of Portland’s
100+ year Rose Festival tradition. You can
get your groove on to the sounds of the
Waterfront Blues Festival or even join an
impromptu drum circle, as you peruse the
eclectic Portland Saturday Market. For a
more serious turn, visit the beautiful and
meaningful Japanese American Historical
Plaza for a sip of Portland history.
Whatever your tastes, when it comes to time
to play, Portland’s guaranteed to come in
If there’s one thing Portlanders know how to do – it’s play.
With so much to do, see, and be a part of in the Portland area,
no Portlander has ever let a little thing like rain stop them.