Whether you call it PDX, P-town, Stumptown, the City of Roses, Bridge City, or simply Portland, you’ll want to visit this vibrant destination in the Pacific Northwest for its eccentric locals, its dynamic downtown—resplendent with microbreweries, coffee shops, brunch spots, and book stores—and the sweeping natural scenery that surrounds it, like the sparkling Willamette River and majestic Mount Hood.
With forward-thinking chefs, green urban spaces, and a laid-back sensibility, Portland, Oregon, makes for the perfect getaway. While the sprawling Southeast area is popular for its indie shops and Craftsman bungalows, it’s also home to Division Street, the city’s newly minted restaurant row. The Pearl District remains its most upscale area, with the shopping and luxury lofts to match, while downtown’s creative hub in the West End caters to hipsters at packed cafés and buzzy lounges. Go in the fall if you’re looking for slightly cooler weather, or to experience the city’s many cultural offerings, including musicals, opera, ballet, and the Portland symphony.