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Portland, Oregon

Updated on November 13, 2014

Love That City!

Portland, Oregon is a very hip city. Located on the Columbia River, which divides Oregon and Washington, it comes up frequently on the "best places to live" lists. Friendly, laid-back people, healthy living, a burgeoning arts scene, innovative transportation and moderate temperatures are just a few of the wonderful things about Portland.

For 20 years I made frequent trips to Portland when I lived to the south in Eugene. Now that I've moved across the country, I appreciate it even more. I'm fortunate to still be able to travel there occasionally. are some tips about one of my favorite cities: Portland, Oregon.

The US City With the Least Amount of Road Rage

What, Northwesterners worry? No way. They are friendly and take their time. No hurry. Despite the rain, Northwesterners are some of the friendliest people in the US. The contrast between driving in the Northeast and driving in the Northwest is like night and day. Boston and New York have recently been designated as being 2 of the worst cities for road rage. Portland, Oregon is number 1 for having the least amount, if any!

After living in the Northeast for 7 years, I made a trip last summer to Oregon. In downtown Portland I pulled up to a red light in my rental car. A driver 2 lanes over honked at me and I readied myself with much anxiety expecting the usual (in Boston) rant about something I did. I rolled down my window to have the driver holler "Nice car!". I was driving a car just like his. What a difference, but what struck me was my expectation of an abusive rant because of my experiences back east. portland ( guides) portland ( guides)

A concise summary of the best shopping and eating in Portland. It has received excellent reviews.


Curtis Salgado

Musician Curtis Salgado lives in Portland. Curtis was the inspiration for John Belushi's "Blues Brothers" and is a wonderful performer.If you have a chance to see him live, do it.

"Salgado's forte is live performance; seeing him and hearing the almost otherworldly power and passion of his voice is a transcendent experience."

-Steve Daniels, Blues Wax

A Sample of Curtis Salgado's Music

Enjoy Portland

If you are visiting from somewhere with cold, long winters, you will be pleased with any time of year. Though the winters are rainy, the temps are moderate. Summers are gorgeous!

Enjoy your visit to Portland.

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    • LotusLandry profile image

      LotusLandry 3 years ago from Southern California

      I enjoyed the restaurant and store information. I enjoyed reading "Portland Noir" short stories, although some of these have a gritty aspect.

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      LiquidGranite1 6 years ago

      I like so much how you wrote this lens. A thumbs up.

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      FidosCityGuide 8 years ago

      Great! Wonderful information on Portland

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      mickey54 9 years ago

      Thank You for a very good lens about Portland! The city IS a very beautiful place nestled into a very beautiful State. My ONLY problem with it is the politics that run rampant through just about every thing. (

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      Linda Hoxie 9 years ago from Idaho

      Welcome to the Exploring Oregon group! I shined up your stars for you! Linda

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      Linda Hoxie 9 years ago from Idaho

      This is another great lens of yours about Portland! I would like to invite you to add this one too, to "Exploring Oregon". You can look at the group there, and if you would like. :-) Portland is so beautiful, and so green for such a bustling city. I love the river running right through it! Linda

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      pdxshopgirl 10 years ago

      Great lens about our beautiful town! thx

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      KokoTravel 10 years ago

      Hey, this is great! We live in Portland, Oregon and love to see other folks impression of our beautiful, vibrant city.

      Sure we have our rain... but that is the reason for the explosion of color when the spring arrives in March...

      The way we escape the winter daldrums is by escaping to Mexico!

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      anonymous 11 years ago

      Portland's 24 Hour Church of Elvis is still online at Once upon a time it was part of a very funky, off-beat and right on place, Where's the Art? gallery featuring folks-artsy storefront interactive window displays. The church was its most popular activity.