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Hike, bike, paddle, swim, surf, ski, play, rock, eat, shop, drink, MAKE. Portland has activities for everyone. See "The World of Portland" video.
For the urban dweller, they can spend each day experiencing a different art gallery, restaurant, coffee shop, thrift store, trendy boutique, book store, sports team (go Timbers!), festival or performance. More options include food carts, farmers markets, old-fashioned movie theaters, skate parks and museums. Some favorite stomping grounds and events include Powell's Books, Holy Mole food cart, Voodoo Doughnuts, Crystal Ballroom, the Time Based Arts (TBA) Festival, First Thursday gallery openings, Hollywood Theatre, Portland Rose Festival, Portland Art Museum, and the Alberta Arts District. Portland is a tax-free shopping destination for visitors from all over the world. No sales tax helps make Portland an affordable city for residents.
For the outdoor enthusiast, they can visit one of several green parks in the city including Forest Park (over 80 miles of trails) or the International Rose Test Garden (with more than 500 varieties), visit the Tom McCall Waterfront Park by the Willamette River, Multnomah Falls or venture further out to the Columbia River Gorge area for world class windsurfing, scenic hikes or salmon fishing. Within a 90-minute drive is snowboarding or skiing at majestic Mount Hood, where the highest ski point is 9000 feet. Ninety minutes will also get you to the Oregon coast and its beautiful beaches, including a stop in Cannon Beach at the iconic Haystack Rock. Interested in wine country or high desert? Oregon has these too.
Portland's neighborhoods are very walkable and bikeable. The city has been rated #1 in the U.S. for Transportation/Pedestrian-Friendliness for several years, including in 2014 by Travel+Leisure. The award-winning Tri-Met system includes buses (the number 20 runs right to campus), light rail (easy access from the PDX airport, voted America's best airport) and streetcars.