It may be known as the City of Roses but visitors arriving on cheap flights to Portland will be hard-pressed to find any thorns as they explore this Pacific coast city. In addition to its lush green setting among the coastal mountains, Portland has developed a reputation for its gardens but also enjoys a thriving arts scene and vibrant nightlife scene.
Outdoors enthusiasts have the hiking trails of Forest Park at their disposal and will doubtless enjoy lengthy treks through the Japanese Garden. The local climate is so mild and the rainfall in so abundant a supply that the area has developed a reputation as a paradise for gardeners. Semi-tropical plants can thrive here alongside the 400 or so varieties of roses. An extra bonus is doubtless knowing that while much of North America continues to dig itself out of the latest snowstorm, Portland may very well already be enjoying the arrival of spring.
Fresh arrivals to Portland when it’s raining – not exactly an uncommon occurrence - shouldn't be put off because there are many indoor things to do including art museums, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and exploring the enormous Powell’s bookstore. There are also several local theater companies, a symphony orchestra and opera company. Finally, perhaps it also makes sense to spend an evening or two in one of Portland’s many microbreweries and brewpubs – the sheer number of these to choose from has resulted in a new nickname for Portland: “Munich on the Willamette”.
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