Portland, Oregon, US
Oregon’s largest city is a scenic, historic and culturally rich metropolis located in the Willamette Valley about 60 miles from the sea, near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. The waterways made Portland an important port for exporting lumber to feed the expansion of America’s west coast in the mid-19th century. The elaborate Piggott Mansion is a relic of this early era. The skyline contrasts modern skyscrapers with the looming snow-capped volcanic peaks of Mts. Rainier, Hood and St. Helens in the distance. It is a green city in every sense, having extensive parks and green spaces throughout, and being one of the most environmentally progressive cities in the world. Nicknamed the City of Roses, it boasts an International Rose Test Garden with over 7,000 specimens of 550 varieties. The Willamette Valley is a renowned wine growing region, and tasting tours are popular, as are food tours of the city, which has an outstanding reputation as a culinary hotspot. The scenic Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Falls are also suggested must-see sights for visitors.