Portland is renowned for being the “hipster” capital of America, but the city is so much more than just quirky shops and poetry readings. It’s packed with quality coffee shops, inventive restaurants, and the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Visitors might go to Tom McCall Waterfront Park to stroll down the riverside promenade and mingle with the locals. Then take a tranquil stroll through the Japanese Garden or see the pavilions in the Classical Chinese Garden, the largest garden of its kind outside China. For a more stimulating workout, take advantage of the 70 miles of trails in Forest Park, the largest urban park in the United States at 5,000 acres.
When you’ve seen enough of Portland’s beautiful parks, head to the Pearl District to visit Powell’s City of Books. It’s the largest independent bookstore in the world, with over 2 million new and used books in stock. Buy yourself something intriguing and relax with a cup of coffee at the World Cup Coffee shop, then hit the streets in search of a food truck to try something new.
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