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Sleepless in Portland, Oregon

Jun 23, 2008  I'm a Native Oregonian
3.5 of 5 bubbles based on 3 votes

If it’s urban adventure you crave, Portland, Oregon, isn’t run-of-the-mill. An effervescent community, a lively downtown, complete with an open air plaza that serves as the community’s living room and a world-class public transportation system.

Just hours from Portland is the Oregon Coast & in the opposite direction the beautiful Mt. Hood.

Crisscrossed by rivers, mountains and vineyards, Portland offers more than urban adventure. Lying at the intersection of two great rivers, the Portland Metro area is an ideal playground for water dogs. For the mountain lovers Portland offers Hiking, mountain climbing, rock climbing & snowskiing.

Within a few minutes drive of downtown Portland are Pinot-producing wineries. If Beer is your flavor, Oregon is known as the center of America's micro brewing renaissance.

Located in downtown and occupying an entire city block is Powell's Books, a book lover's paradise, the largest used and new bookstore in the world.

Portland Saturday Market is where unique artists await discovery. The International Food Court appeals to a variety of tastes!

The Funky Hawthorne District. It is known for its young, liberal residents. Historically, the district has been populated by Generation X and hippies, and more recently, hipsters.

There are 56 McMenamins brew pubs and many of its locations are renovated historical properties; including Edgefield built in 1911, which served for several decades as the Multnomah County Poor Farm.

The Columbia River Gorge, an 80-mile geologic wonder that forms the border between northern Oregon and Washington, is proof of Nature's unbridled strength.