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.
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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.
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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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