Portland is a unique metropolis in that it has a vibrant, intriguing downtown, yet provides many pursuits for the outdoor enthusiast. With hotels to meet every budget around the city, you can hike in 5100 acres of temperature rain forest--rare among cities in the United States--and experience the laid-back town with a local beer at night. Known for good, cheap food and interesting neighborhoods, it is a city that is easy to walk around or explore by bike.
With more than 221 breweries, Oregon offers some of the best beer in world. Good food is abundant and not only found in the top restaurants. Chefs prepare delicious foods in sheds and carts on road sides, so you usually don't have to worry about making reservations. However, you can expect long lines during lunch hour at the most popular food carts.
The greenery stays green because of the rainfall, which occurs most of the year. Although summers are warm and sunny, you can expect a quick shower any time, so keep an umbrella or raincoat handy. If you are caught in the rain, Powell's City of Books is a great place to spend a rainy afternoon. Outdoor markets on the weekends provide interesting and delicious shopping. Although driving around is easy, the city puts bikers first, and a network of roads with wide bike lanes extends throughout the city.
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