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I had a brief stay over in portland during the summer of last year. I found that it was really nice friendly city to stay in. The first thing that hit me about portland was the cleanliness. The streets are immaculate and compared to other places ive visited in the states i was very impressed. A regular occuring theme for me in my time in the states was the seeing a lot of homeless people but in Portland i cant remember seeing one infact (not that i have a problem with the homeless or anything)
The city itself is great and is very easy to get around with the service of regluar buses and trams. My favourite pass time while in portland was drinking and partying! They have a wide range of bars that meet anyones type of scene and music. Probably one of the best citys i went drinking in. On Numerous occasions we headed down to the river and would just relax by the water, very scenic and cool place to hangout especially when the weather is good!
Leisure wise they have a really good shopping centre with huge range of shops that cater for everything. I made the mistake of telling my girlfried that there was a victoria secret there and ended up $80 down haha! While there i didnt really find anywhere in particular that blew me away with the food that they served either.
They also have a cinema there which was handy.
If your a fan of mma you would be happy to know that the Team Quest gym is based in portland, which has such fighters as Dan Henderson, Matt Lindlang and Sokoudju.
Overall though Portland is great city, and definatley worth visiting.
Portland - often ignored and hidden behind the attention that Seattle gets (a very cool place also) - is a charming and fun place to visit. When I went in Summer 1999 I got a bunk at the youth hostel across the willamette river in a trendy neighbourhood - from where I walked out to the city centre. The town is quite compact by american standards - and the efficient transit system buzzes you round the free-zone cuty centre in no time. Highlights inclide Nike Town - the flagship store of the sportswear giant (it's the local company), also the "world's largest bookstore" - now I've been in a few worlds largest bookstores - but this one is huge, an entire city block of bookshelves, right next to a giant microbrew pub (thats real ale to us Brits), where I spent hours looking for old books. There's a big building in the downtown, with a huge statue of Portlandia on the roof of the entrance. Erm it's a sort of historical woman like a greek goddess in suitably historic pose - and at about 30ft high it's a very cool photo opportunity. The setting of the town with the river on one side and a huge urban park on the other is very low-key compared to the hustle and bustle of say New York, and sits favourably with the European visitor as similar to a few cities back home. All in all, well worth a visit.
City in northwestern Oregon, the seat of Multnomah County and the largest city in the state. Portland is a city at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers in the U.S. state of Oregon. With a population of 562,690 it is Oregon's most populous, and the third most populous city in the Pacific Northwest, after Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. Approximately 2 million people live in the surrounding metropolitan area (MSA), the 24th-most populous in the U.S. Portland is the business and transportation hub for much of the Pacific Northwest and a growing center for electronics manufacturing.