Portland is truly a great place. It is a vibrant, thriving community with a small town feel but lots of big town amenities. In case you needed any further reasons to explain to out-of-towners why you live in the City of Roses, here are 15 reasons which should make you proud to call Portland home.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Great Parks
The park system in Portland is incredible. Whether you like hiking, biking, swimming or boating, there is something for you at one of the 250+ parks throughout the city.
2. Fun Fountains
Come summertime, Portland heats up, and there is no better way to cool off than to splash around in one of the city's 20+ fountains.
3. Beautiful Waterfront
The waterfront can't be beat for great views. Stroll along the esplanade, have a picnic at Waterfront Park, or dine in one of the restaurants overlooking the river to take in all the great views.
4. Impressive Festivals
There are so many music and cultural festivals throughout the year that you can stay busy all the time. If you can't make it to a festival, you can see live music every day of the week somewhere.
5. Food Galore
We are a food destination and proud of it. Eat at an impressive array of food carts, or dine in any number of amazing restaurants around town to see why.
6. Mt Hood
If you want to escape the city, jump in your car and head east for an hour and you are in the Mt Hood National Forest, where a variety of outdoor adventures await.
7. Waterfall Central
If you like waterfalls, you are in the right place. Head to the Columbia River Highway and cruise for miles to take in 5 waterfalls within 45 minutes from town.
8. Japanese Garden
The Japanese Garden is an immaculately designed place of tranquility. Notable as one of the most accurate Japanese Gardens outside of Japan, this garden is an asset to our city.
9. Washington Park
Filled with many great sites like the Hoyt Arboretum, Portland Children's Museum, Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, World Forestry Center, and the International Rose Test Garden, Washington Park is a beast of its own.
10. Portland Zoo
The Portland Zoo is another great feature. Located in Washington Park, the zoo has undergone a lot of changes in recent years, including greatly expanding the elephant grounds, making it worth a visit if you haven't been there in awhile.
11. Street Fairs and Fun
We have a lot of street fairs throughout the summer, giving a festive vibe to the season. At the Overlook Street Fair, even the dogs in on the fun with a dog costume contest, which always proves enjoyable.
12. Expansive Library System
We have a great library system and you should definitely use it. With 19 libraries around town, there are plenty of places to check out some great books.
13. Wine and Beer Scene
Lovers of great beer, liquor and wine agree - Portland is at the epicenter of the craft alcohol market and this is a major selling point of the city.
14. Portland Art Museum
Portland loves great art, and it shows in the amazing art museum in the city. Along with many galleries, crafters and other artisans, the city is a gem for art lovers.
15. Portland Orchestra and Other Live Music
The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, home to the Oregon Symphony, is an amazing concert hall to take in a show. This, along with the many theaters and venues around the city, make it a town in love with the arts.
Why do you think Portland is the best? Let us know in the comments below.