Why you should go to Portland !

A world-class city in the shadow of the giant Mount Hood volcano, Portland has its own special character that is as much defined by its self-satisfied residents as the rugged natural beauty of its surroundings.

Although the city's urban wilderness and manicured gardens provide plenty of fresh air, just outside its limits, outdoor attractions abound - think surfing, hiking, skiing, wildlife, kayaking, water rafting, mountain biking, fishing, camping, a breathtaking coastline - making Portland the perfect launch for adventure.

And, after all that activity, you may be happy to know that back in town, there are more local breweries than any other city in the world, as well as a fine collection restaurants, food carts and coffee houses.

Portland has historically been incredibly queer-friendly, with a thriving LGBTQ community attracted to an active arts scene, vibrant and varied nightlife, plentiful pride-centric festivals and parties, strong LGBTQ institutions, progressive cultural amenities and liberal politics.

In 2008, Portlanders elected Sam Adams, the first openly gay mayor in a major U.S. city, and in 2015, Kate Brown became the 37th governor of Oregon and the first openly bisexual governor in the country.

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Directions

Locals often give directions by organizing the city into four areas: Northeast (NE), Northwest (NW), Southeast (SE), and...

Public Transit

Portland public transit is mostly provided by buses, the MAX light rail system, and the Portland Streetcar. These are all...

Rain Gear

The saying "real Portlanders don't use umbrellas" tends to be true. Rather than serious downpours, the city tends to have...

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