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This American city, placed in Oregon, has gradually become a famous place for bike lovers, for followers of healthy and organic food, and also of natural beer. Portland, with a populace of more than two million people, is disposed in the north of the state, in the most densely inhabited region, called Willamette Valley. The city is divided into two parts by the Willamette River, flowing into the Columbia River.
Visitors to Portland will find many attractive places to visit, with a few days in disposition.
Among the interesting attractions are the Washington Portland Park, where you can see the amazing International Test Garden, with five hundred of kinds of roses. This is truly one of the pearls of the city. In the same Washington Park, you can visit the Japanese garden with flowering cherry trees and a variety of gardens, decorated with moss and stone. Wishing to visit museums, you should start with the Museum of Science and Industry of Oregon, and then proceed to the Portland Museum of Art, in addition to which you should not lose sight of Powell’s City of Books, which is the largest library on the planet.
Continuing an interesting tour of the city, you can visit the Portland Building, the construction of which dates back to the 1980s and represents a huge structure of post-modern style. At the main entrance you can see the statue of Portlandia, which is the goddess of business. Many travelers take the starting point of their tour with Pioneer Courthouse Square, an area from which you can easily reach the main attractions of the city. On the same square throughout the year various concerts and events are held, to which local residents gather.
The most important area of Portland is Chinatown. You can make an interesting excursion to the Classical Chinese Garden of incredible size, which is among the largest ones outside of China.
It’s also interesting to visit the Saturday market of Portland, where you can buy local products, amazing things and items from various cultures in numerous kiosks and from street artisans and artists.
If you are a fan of a bicycle ride, then it’s worth to visit a well-stocked store in the city center, where an excellent choice of bicycles for every taste is provided. On the roof of the River City Bicycle store towers a striking sculpture consisting of many cyclists lined up one after another.
After excursions and cycling, followers of a healthy lifestyle will certainly want to visit the Kure Juice Bar, specializing in natural juices with exotic ingredients and protein. This place is also ideal for athletes after a workout.