Portland is a rather small city, with about 560 thousand inhabitants, but approximately 2,5 million people live in the Portland metropolitan area (MSA). Located in the far west of the United States, it is close to the coast and about a three-hour-drive away from Seattle.
We all start small. Portland, Oregon is no exception. In its infancy in the 19th century, the city was a pit-stop along the west bank of the river Willamette and travellers journeying between the city of Oregon and the Fort of Vancouver counted on “the Clearing” on their way. Ever since, the city has grown and matured.
Soul food and soulfood
You can nourish your spirit in various ways on a Portland visit. For example, you can walk among the roses of the International Rose Test Garden and surround yourself with beautiful scents and vibrant colours. Should you want to quench your knowledge for thirst, visit the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Following this spiritual and intellectual feast, you can try a different one. Pay a visit to the Farmer’s Market, where you can sample anything from fresh produce to cheese, and then stop by VooDoo Dougnuts for pastry with a fascinating – and daring – twist.
Activities in the great outdoors
Balance is important. To maintain some balance in your itinerary, and, indeed, your life, you can try out the city’s many great outdoor activities. For example, you could marvel at the view from Mount Tabor City Park, go on hiking excursions in Forest Park, take in the beauty of the Oneonta Gorge, go kayaking on the river Willamette or explore the city on a bike. The possibilities are nearly endless.
Good to know
Portland International Airport (PDX) is about a 40-minute-drive away from the city centre and various public transport options are also available.