Portland September 06, 2017
11 Ways Portland Quietly Became The Coolest City In The Northwest
Move over Seattle – we’re the new coolest city in the Northwest. While many people just know us for rain and Portlandia, anyone from the 503 knows that there is so much more to our City of Roses than weather and weird. Here are 11 ways that Portland has become the coolest city in the Northwest.
1. Our City Is Full Of Art
Just walk the streets of downtown and you can tell the influence art has on our city. From murals on buildings to sculpture, we have set our city apart by redefining spaces and adding art all around us.
2. Our Independent Shopping Scene Is Amazing
Skip the big box stores while you are in town, and head for local boutiques and shops for the best selection of unique clothes, home decor and accessories.
3. We Have The Best Food For On-The-Go
Portland has some of the best and most innovative food carts around. We make fast food cool again with our amazing selection of food carts all around town.
4. And We Have Great Restaurants For Dining In
If you want to sit down for a meal, we have some of the best around. From fine dining to a myriad of international cuisines, Portland is an eater's paradise.
5. Our Soccer Teams Are Fierce
Both the Timbers and Thorns make our city proud. The Timbers scored the MLS Cup in 2015 and the Thorns won the NWSL Shield in 2016, making us a serious soccer city.
6. Our School of Medicine and Dentistry Continues to Grow
OHSU Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Dentistry carry highly competitive and ranked programs that make our city proud. And they add some style to the city: The new Collaborative Life Sciences Building on Portland's South Waterfront looks great and the Aerial Tram is a Portland favorite for great views of the city.
7. Our City's Beauty Is Unsurpassed
If you have hiked anywhere through Portland, you can attest to our city's amazing beauty. We have green spaces galore and are committed to our parks and keeping them beautiful.
8. Year Round Fun Is Here To Stay
Whether you are talking summer months of endless festivals or winter sports, activities, and shows, there is always something fun happening in Portland.
9. We Keep It Moving
Biking is a passion here. So is hiking and just moving around in general. Portlanders are an active bunch. Our parks even support us by offering free fitness classes in the parks all summer. We love to move and are better for it.
10. We Have Top Notch Entertainment
For a city of our size, we know how to stay entertained. We have ballet, multiple theaters and an orchestra. And then there is the live music scene, which is a movement all its own.
11. Portland Pride Runs Deep
But most of all, we love our city and wouldn't leave it for anything.
What is your favorite thing about Portland? Let us know in the comments below.