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Located in the Willamette Valley just 70 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Portland is an overstated medley of small town charm and big city living. With its easy access to outdoor activities and thriving food scene, Portland is an attractive place to visit for all kinds of travelers.
Portland’s compact downtown area features verdant gardens and greenery not often seen in an urban setting. Take a stroll among 10,000 rose bushes in the International Rose Test Garden, or meander through the tranquil urban oasis of the Portland Japanese Garden.
In recent years, Portland has cemented itself as a culinary destination and become a mecca for foodies, coffee enthusiasts, and craft beer connoisseurs. Whether you're visiting for climate, food, culture, or a sample of the Pacific Northwest, Portland delivers.
On Kingston Avenue, Portland's love of roses comes to life at the International Rose Test Garden. Complimentary tours are offered daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
West of the city in the densely wooded Tualatin Mountains, Forest Park spans more than seven miles. For a day in the wilderness, consult the trailhead map for an ideal afternoon hike through the trees.
Designed with food enthusiasts in mind, the fine folks at Forktown Food Tours will guide you on a tour of the city's best culinary treats. Tours are broken down by neighborhood.
Portland is one of the greenest cities in the U.S. thanks to the 43 inches of rainfall it receives annually, which is surprisingly only slightly higher than the U.S. rainfall average. May through September are warm and mild, making it a perfect time to visit and take advantage of all the festivals and outdoor recreation opportunities. If you visit from October through March, you’re likely to encounter some rain, but it’s a great time to visit museums, galleries, coffee shops, and brewpubs.