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Located in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, in the state of Oregon, Portland is an American city unlike any other. Its relaxed atmosphere and expansive green spaces make it one of the most calming soothing and scenic cities in the world.
The city is served by Portland International Airport although it is readily accessible by road from some of the West Coast’s biggest cities, including Seattle and San Francisco.
Visitors planning a trip to Portland should make sure to take in some of the city’s magnificent gardens and parks. Lan Su Chinese Garden is one of the most popular gardens in the city. It features authentic plants, rocks and flowers brought in direct from China.
Washington Park is another popular destination. West of downtown, the park is home to Oregon Zoo, the Discovery Museum, Portland Children’s Museum, and the International Rose Test Garden. This latter is home to vast number of roses, from which the city derives its nickname, ‘The Rose City’. Further afield, Mt. St. Helens Volcanic National Monument – which can be found 80km northeast of the city – is a popular destination. The volcano itself last erupted in 1980, leaving 57 dead. Alternatively, visitors can include the likes of Columbia River Gorge and North Cascades National Park on their Portland trip plan.
Back in the city, there are a variety of attractions, activities and establishments for visitors to make the most of. These include the Pearl District, home to Portland’s art scene; the Portland Aquarium, which is particularly popular with children; Powell’s City of Books, purportedly the largest independent bookshop in the world; and Voodoo Doughnut, a shop selling the most unique doughnuts you’ll ever come across.
Other popular additions to any itinerary include a visit to any of the region’s many microbreweries, a dinner cruise on the Portland Spirit, a steamboat journey along Willamette River, or a bicycle ride across the cities eight unique bridges.