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About Portland

Portland, Oregon, known as the City of Roses, is a vibrant city surrounded by breathtaking beauty. 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.

Recreation

Portland is known for its extensive park system of more than 200 parks. Most notably is Forest Park, which is the nation’s largest urban wilderness containing 7,500 acres of park land and, 80+ miles of forested trails for running, walking or hiking. All located a mere 4 miles from the hospital. Mount Hood’s 11,235-foot peak is just over an hour’s drive east for skiers, snowboarders, ice climbers and hikers. The scenic Oregon coast is just over an hour’s drive to the west.

You can Kayak, canoe, paddleboard on any of the dozens of lake and rivers with the Portland metropolitan area. The Columbia River Gorge is the world headquarters for windsurfing and kite boarding.

Weather

Although known for rain, Portland weather is generally mild. The average annual rainfall is only 36 inches. Our summer days are remarkable with clear blue skies with high temperature in the low 80s; and temperatures in the winter rarely fall below freezing with rare snowfall. The precipitation keeps Portland impossibly green.

Culture

Portland has been referred to as the most environmentally friendly or “green” city in the United States, and the second most in the world. Portland has been voted the most bike-friendly city and has a very usable and well-coordinated mass transit system.

Dining

Foodies will find Portland an endless discovery. With our world-class Willamette and Columbia Valley Wines, dozens of microbreweries, creative food carts, specialty coffee houses, and talented young chefs, Portland consistently been named “one of the most exciting food town in the country”.

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