Whether you call it the Rose City, City of Bridges, Rip City, Rivercity, Stumptown, Puddletown or any of Portland’s many unique nicknames, one thing is for sure – Portland is for plant-lovers! Portland boasts the nation’s largest urban forest and more than 150 miles of trails. The surrounding area, including Mount Hood, the Oregon Coast, the Columbia River Gorge, and Oregon wine country – comprise some of the nation’s most beautiful, unspoiled natural areas. Plus, speaking of “green”, Oregon has no sale tax, making accommodations some of the most affordable in the nation.
Portland Fun Facts:
- #1 “Greenest City in America” – Popular Science (February 2008)
- America’s “Best Eating Destination” – The Food Network (April 2007)
- “Nation’s Best Airport” – Condè Nast Traveler (2006, 2007, 2008)
- No sales tax! That’s right – no sales tax!
- In “Fareless Square”, a 330-block area in down Portland including Oregon Convention Center, transportation on all MAX light rail trains, buses, trolleys, and streetcars is free
- Mill Ends Park, at 24 inches, is the world’s smallest dedicated park
- Forest Park, at 5,156 acres, is one of the nation’s largest urban parks
- Powell’s City of Books, occupying an entire city block, is the country’s largest independent new and used bookstore
- Portland has more microbreweries and brewpubs per capita than any other city in the nation