A Unique Journey Throughout
The City Of Portland, Oregon

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What is uniquely Portland, Oregon  The 24-hr Church of Elvis, for sure! Voodoo Doughnut, home of the famous Bacon Maple Bar, is definitely unique to our city. Zombie runs, (Star) Trek In The Park,...

Hey! Maybe it's because the NY Times dubbed us as "the capital of karaoke" in the United States. There are so many reasons we're the grooviest.

We even have a television show all about our quirky selves called Portlandia!

I grew up in Milwauke, OR, which is located on the southeast side of the city. I spent a good deal of those "growing-up" years with my friends, enjoying this city.

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As is typical with good memories of youth, the City of Rose cemented itself in my heart.

Without a doubt, the Rose City is one of the most eclectic places there is and I am completely infatuated with it! You can literally go from pristine and proper to weird and wonderful within blocks of one another.

Stroll down the lit streets of the Pearl District and enjoy a latte at one of the many restaurants providing outside seating.

Or grab it to go and lounge around in Jamison Square, smack-dab in the middle of the Pearl, with a lovely fountain to watch and enjoy.

Hit the bricks of Pioneer Courthouse Square during the summer months and enjoy an outside movie at Flicks on the Bricks or the odorific (yes, I made that up) Portland Saturday Market.

Take a ride on our very cool MAX light rail around the city streets and beyond...or hop the Portland Streetcar and let it carry you from North to South, along 10th and 11th avenues.

No matter where you wander here, you’re going to find exciting, interesting and fun things to do and see... not to mention, a great place to live!



  • Voted #8 out of top 10 forthe Best Cities For Singles To Live (Rent.com)


  • Portland, OR voted Best City In America (Movoto Blog)

  • We are voted America's Best City For Beer Lovers (Travel + Leisure)

  • Named one of the Top 10 Best Cities for Urban Forests (American Forests)

  • We are voted the 10th Fastest Growing City in America (Forbes.com)

  • Named the Most Hipster City In America (Movoto Blog)

  • We're voted #2 of the 10 Nerdiest Cities In America (Movoto.com)


  • Voted #1 Greenest City in America (Travel + Leisure)

  • Portland was ranked the #1 Best Bike City (Bicycling Magazine)

  • Voted #1 in Environmental Friendliness (Travel + Leisure)

  • We were voted #1 for Microbrew Beer (Travel + Leisure)

  • We are #1 spot for Public Transportation and Pedestrian-friendliness (Travel + Leisure)

  • We were voted #1 for our Food Carts (Travel + Leisure)

  • We also are holding the #1 spot for Pet-friendly Vacations (Travel + Leisure)

  • Voted #2 for Best City For Hipsters (Travel + Leisure)

  • Tom McCall Waterfront Park voted one of 2012's Top 10 Great Public Spaces in the country (American Planning Association)


  • Ranked #1 Best City for Public Transportation (US News and World Report)

  • Ranked #1 as America's Best Beer City (Travel + Leisure)

  • Ranked #1 Best City For Book Lovers (Livability.com)


  • Voted #1 Best City for Summer Travel (Travel + Leisure)

  • Named "Greenest City in America" (American Cities Business Journals)

  • Named #2, “Best Bike Cities in America” by Bicycling magazine (April)

  • PDX is named "Top Airport in the Nation" by Condé Nast Traveler magazine

  • Holding at #2, “Time-Saving Cities” according to RealSimple.com (March)


  • Named #6 "Fittest City in America" by Mens Fitness (February 2009)


  • We've received the "Gold Service Award" for CVB excellence and induction into M&C's Gold Awards Hall of Fame by Meetings & Conventions Magazine (November 2008)

  • In October 2008, Black Enterprise Magazine listed Portland in the "20 Best Places to Retire."

  • Portland International Airport has been named the "Nation's Best Airport" for the third year in a row by Condé Nast Traveler magazine (September 2008)

  • We are #1, "Most eco-friendly big cities in America" according toSustainLane.com in September of 2008

  • BusinessWeek / RMJM Hillier named us #5, "Top 10 Cities for Design in America" in July, 2008

  • We received the Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community designation (one of only two cities in the United States to currently hold this rating) by the League of American Bicyclists in May of 2008.

  • #2 "Top 25 Green Cities in America" from Country Home (March 2008)

  • #5 "America's 10 Cleanest Cities" by Forbes.com (March 2008)

  • #1 "Greenest City in America" by Popular Science (February 2008)

  • #1 "Best Cities in America in which to Have a Baby" by Fit Pregnancy Magazine in February/March 2008.
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So, What Makes Uniquely Portland Oregon Unique?

What is the biggest difference between this and any other web site out there about Portland?

Any other web site is going to give facts, figures and text. You can get that blah sort of stuff at Wikipedia. Here, you’re going to get experiences. I have a passion for this wonderful city.

This web site is a living journal of not only words, but sight and sound. I’m walking the streets, describing the sights, smells and feel of this incredible city in the Pacific NW.

I’m not going to simply tell you about places. I’m going there.

Not just telling you about great places to stay. I’m staying there.

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Not just letting you know about the best places to eat. I'm eating there (I love that part! haha).

You’re going to experience the City of Roses as you will never experience it on any other web site; as close to first hand as if you were here yourself.

Now, I may not do everything perfect, but it will always be a work in progress. I doubt I'll ever run out of things to share with you about the lovely city of Portland, Oregon. As long as there are things to do, I am so there!

Read about my experiences and watch my videos. Enjoy yourself. That's what my web site is all about.

You’re in for a great ride here at my web site.

Welcome To My City!