Portland, Oregon, known as the City of Roses, is a vibrant city surrounded by breathtaking beauty. Tall trees, snow-capped mountains, lush green fields, gently flowing rivers, clean water and bountiful flower gardens surround one of the most livable cities in America.Skiing, hiking, fly-fishing, biking, and windsurfing are just some of the outdoor activities easily accessible from the city.
Situated in the northwestern corner of Oregon, approximately 65 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean where the Columbia River meets the Willamette River, between the Cascade mountain range to the east and the Coast Range to the west, Portland enjoys a magnificent setting, combining sparking waterways with lush greenery rarely found in an urban setting.
The weather is generally mild, with average high temperatures in the 70s in the summer and the 40s in the winter. Portland's weather belies the stereotype of the rainy Pacific Northwest. Our average annual rainfall is less than that of Atlanta, Birmingham, Houston, Indianapolis or Seattle.
Which is not to say that it doesn't rain in Portland. It does, on average, 36.3" per year. But the precipitation keeps Portland impossibly green - and helps enforce a casual, comfortable dress code. (What else would you expect in the home of Pendleton, NIKE and Columbia Sportswear?)
Portland is known for its extensive park system of more than 200 parks. These encompass such areas as the elm shaded South Park Blocks in the downtown area and Washington Park, home of the Rose Test Gardens. Portland's Forest Park, at nearly 5,000 acres, is the largest park within a city in the U.S. Portland's park system offers leisure and recreation opportunities for everyone.
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Portland in the News
- No. 2, “Americas Top 10 Most Underrated Cities” - ShermansTravel.com, June 2010
- On This Oregon Trail, Pioneers Embrace Organic Wine - The New York Times, April 30, 2010
- Portland International Airport named No. 6 Favorite Major Domestic Airport - Budget Travel Readers' Choice Awards, April 2010
- Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton metro area named No. 1 Green City - American City Business Journals, March 2010
- “Great Bike-Friendly Cities” - National Geographic Traveler, March 2010
- Portland is America's No. 3 Safest City, according to Forbes Magazine - Forbes Magazine, October 26, 2009
- The Next Youth-Magnet Cities - The Wall Street Journal, September 30, 2009
- Frugal Portland - The New York Times, May 10, 2009
- Portland gets highest honor from national bicycling group - The Oregonian, April 29, 2008
- Best Green Cities in America - CountryHome magazine, March 18, 2008
- Cooking Light names cities that best fit its philosophy - CNN, February 20, 2008
- Popular Science is calling Portland the number one green city - Popular Science, February 8, 2008
- In Portland, Cultivating a Culture of Two Wheels - New York Times, November 5, 2007
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