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Cities We Love

Portland, Oregon

A mid-size, outdoorsy city with culinary roots and an
earthy vibe, Portland, Oregon, is where to hike, bike
and indulge in meticulously crafted coffees, beer and
wines. This gem of the Pacific Northwest is very
relaxed and friendly. While the weather might be misty,
zip up a jacket to soak in the scene or duck into a store
to enjoy tax-free shopping. The world's largest new
and used bookstore is here, along with some fantastic
food and outdoor markets.

Green Spaces Abound
The gorgeous Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood,
Oregon Coast and Willamette Valley wine country are
all within day trip distance. Portland itself is a very
green city. Home to the largest wooded urban park in
the country, Forest Park, visitors can hike, run, cycle
and ride horses within the city limits. Known as the
Rose City, Portland is in full, spectacular bloom May
through September.
Indulge all your senses at the International Rose Test
Garden, where you'll see and smell over 10,000 bushes
of approximately 650 varieties. Visit the Portland
Japanese Garden to experience the serenity and
tranquility of what's been said to be the most authentic
Japanese garden outside of Japan.

Books and Markets
Unique arts, gifts and incredible people watching
can all be found at the Portland Saturday Market, the
largest continuously operating open-air arts and
crafts market in the United States. Portland Farmers
Market vendors offer fresh and fermented foods.

Spend an afternoon perusing printed treasures at
Powell's City of Books. It occupies one city block,
houses over one million books and is sure to make
you wish you had more room in your suitcase.

Liquid Luxuries and Foodie Favorites
It's known as Beervana for its expansive craft
brewery scene, and you can sample suds from over
70 Portland breweries. Third Wave, the movement to
produce high-quality coffee, is prominent here.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters offers a sure-fire way to
get your java fix. Also try cider, sake, kombucha and
other lovingly crafted liquids.
The birthplace of James Beard, Portland's proximity
to water and fertile valleys makes fresh, local food
attainable and more affordable. Creative dishes can
be savored throughout the city, from high-end
restaurants to pods of food carts. Voodoo Doughnuts
is a popular spot to quell your sugar cravings with
colorful, quirky creations.

AAA Four Diamond Properties
The Heathman Hotel, a downtown landmark with a
book-lending library, and Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel,
on the Willamette River and offering complimentary
wine hours and loaner bikes, boast the longest AAA
Four Diamond status in Portland. Other AAA Four
Diamond properties include The Porter Portland,
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland, Sentinel, Kimpton
Hotel Vintage Portland, The Nines and Dossier.
- Cortney Fries

Explore Portland like a local with help from your AAA Travel Agent! Call 800-750-5386 for more information!

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