Why Locals Love Portland

Locals love three things about Portland (maybe three hundred, but let’s stick with three).

  • Great food – we have 800 restaurants and 600 food charts.
  • Great beer – our 100+ craft brew pubs are most in the nation.
  • Great public transit – trains, streetcars, and buses take you everywhere for $5 a day ($2.50 seniors).

Whether you are a carnivore, a vegan, a vegetarian or gluten-free, love craft beer, or just crave a great cup of coffee or tea, Portland has something for everyone.

Flanked by Forest Park, a 5,000-acre urban forest, you’ll never be far from nature. You can have breakfast or dinner and be hiking 15 minutes later on the park’s 80 miles of trails. Want to visit the Columbia River Gorge to see spectacular Multnomah Falls and other waterfalls? There’s an express bus service (in summer) to take you there in 30 minutes.

Looming in the distance, Mt. Hood brings our skyline to life. With this single landmark in your sights, you can find panoramic city views at the Pittock Mansion or ride the gondola at the South Waterfront for a stunning vista from the balcony garden at OHSU Hospital.

Trains, buses, streetcars will get you to most of Portland’s favorite sights, including pubs, festivals, museums, and shopping areas. WalkingPDX.com editors will provide smart-phone friendly maps and directions to keep you on the move — or get you to a place to relax.

The TV show “Portlandia” emphasized the “keep Portland weird” vibe that sets apart Portland from other cities. The portrayal is over the top, but we are a little weird about the things for which we are passionate. We create funny signs, hold demonstrations and marches for our favorite causes, read books like crazy, and love bikes. We even love the weather (well, most of the time).

Above all, Portland is a tolerant city with a progressive bent: Black lives matter. You matter. Everyone is welcome. Our differences are celebrated.

We bet you’ll come to love Portland as much as locals.