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Portland Introduction


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Portland, Oregon, lies on the northern border of the state at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. Despite explosive growth in recent years, this area of the northwest has not wavered in its support of environmentalism.   Click here to see the full Portland travel guide on Travel42 »

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Portland Geography


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Although it's considered a West Coast city, Portland is not on the Pacific coast—it is about 70 mi/110 km east of the ocean, on the eastern side of the Coast Range mountains. The Columbia and Willamette (pronounced wil-LAM-et) rivers define the town. The Willamette is crossed by 12 bridges within the city limits, giving rise to one of Portland's nicknames—Bridgetown. The Columbia forms the city's northern limit.
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Portland History


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Portland's setting on the Columbia River has always been the key to its appeal. The region's natural abundance allowed the Native Americans who inhabited the area, including the Chinook, Watlala and others, to develop a rich culture. And it was the river that first drew European explorers to the area, as well.   Click here to see the full Portland travel guide on Travel42 »

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Portland Sightseeing & Things to Do


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If your trip coincides with good weather (most common May-September), you'll want to see the city's highlights by visiting several areas on foot. Washington Park is an ideal destination on a sunny day. You can linger for several hours in the enthralling International Rose Test Garden and the Japanese Garden.   Click here to see the full Portland travel guide on Travel42 »

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Portland Nightlife


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In the winter, Portland residents have been sitting inside all day and are desperate to get out, even if it is raining. In the summer, everybody is so wound up from the day of sunshine that they don't even eat until 10 pm and are in no hurry to go home afterward. This is reflected in the city's diverse and busy nightlife.  Click here to see the full Portland travel guide on Travel42 »

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Portland Restaurants & Dining


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Like the city's recreation possibilities, Portland's dining options are noted for their accessibility, variety and lack of pretentiousness. (Most restaurants have no set dress code, but sweatshirts and jeans may feel out of place in ritzier establishments.) To understand the culinary scene in this trend-setting (and breaking) city, know that the surrounding farmland is some of the most fertile in the country and that many chefs work directly with farms located 20 minutes from downtown. Further, a do-it-yourself ethos is pervasive, and many chefs started out by offering supper-club-style dinners inside of their own homes.   Click here to see the full Portland travel guide on Travel42 »

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