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Brimming with too cool for school culture and a wealthy of breweries, Portland holidays find you in the midst of stunning sights and a laid-back city that is highly underrated. Officially known as the City of Roses and P-town, Portland in the US state of Oregon has a legacy of preserving open spaces, scenic views and beautiful reservoirs.
As the largest city in between San Francisco and Seattle, Portland is the gem of the Pacific Northwest. Brimming with a wealth of sights and attractions, including a large wilderness park, a thriving music scene and cultural pockets of wonder, holidays to Portland can be as fast-paced or laid-back as you wish.
If you fancy a bit of wilderness with your urban escape, holidays to Portland provide in spades. Known as one of the happier cities in the USA, there are plenty of vibrant and tranquil districts to explore, like Greater Portland and Deering. Downtown is where you’ll find the main hub of activity and checking into one of the hotels there will see you close to all the top attractions. Nearby, Pearl District has been transformed into a hip and upscale area brimming with art galleries and fine dining on every corner, and is where you can find luxury hotels. Perfect for those searching for a city atmosphere with wide open spaces, holidays in Portland are excellent for romantic retreats, active families and avid adventurers.
The Greenest City in America
If you can tear yourself away from the stunning greenery of the city, take a day trip to the Crescent Beach State Park, conveniently located just a short drive away. For the more adventurous on Portland holidays, take a day trip to the Peak Islands for an exhilarating hiking experience, or kayak around the Casco Bay Islands to admire some of the beautiful scenery on offer.
Although Portland has been recognised as the greenest city in the USA there are plenty of opportunities for soaking up some of the state's history and visiting the numerous museums and art galleries dotted around the city, as well as the famous Hair of the Dog Brewing Company just off the river.
Culturally, there is also an array of things to do in the city. Visit in June in time for the Portland Rose Festival which features parades, dragon boat races, a carnival and many more exciting events. Keep it classy and spend a night at the beautiful Portland Opera for some world-class entertainment. You can also visit one of many art exhibitions at the famous Portland Art Museum and score a find at the Music Millennium record shop.
Out and About in Portland
From all 5,100 acres of Forest Park to the Hoyt Aboretum, you are in for a treat on holidays to Portland. Cycle, hike, and breathe in that fresh Oregon air. Visit one of many of Portland’s stunning green parks such as Cathedral and Chimney Park for a great picnic spot in the sunshine. There are also ample opportunities to rent a bike and explore the city on wheels.
The nightlife in Portland is mainly within the Downtown area, as this is one of the only districts with numerous restaurants, bars and live entertainment venues with something to suit all ages. The Old Port in particular is great for dining experiences and shopping trips out with the family.
Take a short trip north to Washington State, or a road trip just a ways south to Salem and Eugene to truly enjoy the accessibility of holidays in Portland.