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The editors of Frommer's Travel Guides named Portland one of the top 12 travel destinations in the world for 2007. Bicycling magazine named Portland America's second best bicycling city in 2011.   Prevention magazine named Portland the Best Walking Town in the U.S. in November 2011.  Cooking Light ranked Portland it's number two city in the U.S. because of it's high scoring in acres of parkland per capita, the high percentage of the population in good health and regular exercisers, among other criteria. 
  • Best Place to Live in the U.S. --Men's Journal (2008)
  • Second place in "The Finest Place You'd Ever Want to Call Home" --Outside (November 2011) 
  • No. 10 Best Arts City in America --AmericanStyle (Jun 2006)
  • "America's 5th Cleanest City" --Forbes Magazine (2008)
  • "These days Portland is a wine and food town, and a serious one." --Wine Spectator (Sep 2004)

There are good reasons for the accolades. Nestled in the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, Portland is an hour from the Oregon coast and an hour from the mountains. Outdoor enthusiasts can move from one activity to another as the seasons pass, and nearly every road has a bike lane.

We invite you to learn more about Portland at the Portland Oregon Visitor's Association website.

For additional information on the Willamette River and the positive effect of the Big Pipe Project, see:

http://www.portlandonline.com/bes/index.cfm?c=31030&a=375594