What distinguishes Portland, Oregon, from the rest of America's cityscapes? Or from the rest of the world's urban destinations for that matter? In a Northwest nutshell: everything. For some, it's the wealth of cultural offerings and never-ending culinary choices; for others, it's Portland's proximity to the ocean and mountains, or simply the beauty of having all these attributes in one place.
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Restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and popular parks make this former industrial area near downtown one of Portland’s major entertainment centers.
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Portland’s more than 600 food carts ensure you’re never far from street eats. Try the famed selection at SW Alder Street and 10th Avenue downtown.
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Located high in Portland’s West Hills area, the 1914 Pittock Mansion has 23 rooms of fine art and furnishings and an unparalleled vista of the city.
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Five halls of interactive exhibits entertain and instruct kids and adults. Take in a show at the planetarium or tour a retired U.S. Navy submarine.
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The 5,100 acres of Washington Park encompass the Oregon Zoo, a fabulous rose garden, an arboretum, a lovely Japanese garden and 12 miles of trails.
Covering an entire city block, this literary wonderland has more than 1.5 million books, making it the world’s largest private used and new bookstore.
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Remember when things were handmade and unique? Hundreds of artists showcase goods that make everyday items for your home much more special.
The Little Bird Bistro offers excellent “early and late” specials on food, wine and cocktails from 3 to 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight.
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