Portland is called the Rose City and boasts several large rose gardens throughout, as well as the largest wilderness park within city limits in the U.S., an exquisite Japanese garden, a zoo, an arboretum, and a city park located on the flanks of an extinct volcano. In all, the small city of Portland boasts more than 10,000 acres of protected green space and parkland within its confines. Long rumored to be an outpost on the frontier, the city has grown up considerably, both culturally and economically in the last few decades. Nike, Intel, Adidas North America, the advertising firm Wieden+Kennedy, Columbia Sportsware, Pendleton Wool, CD Baby, and a host of other large and small companies call the immediate area home. The city is known as the greenest city in America, consistently placing high on livability lists, progressive politics lists, and eco-friendly lists. Given the city's location between the volcanic peaks of the Cascades and the rugged coast of the North Pacific, there is no shortage of outdoor recreational activities to engage and capture you once you've settled into your new home. The city provides easy access to world-class windsurfing in the Columbia Gorge, whitewater kayaking and rafting on the Rogue, Clackamas, and Deschutes rivers, mountaineering on Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson (you get the idea), hiking in multiple national scenic areas and nearby national parks, access to the high desert of Eastern Oregon, the jaw-dropping beauty of the Oregon Coast and the Columbia River Gorge, and many, many other attractions. Long on natural beauty and outdoor activities, the city does not boast much of anything in terms of corporate entertainment franchises, amusement parks and the like. But if food carts, bicycling (Portland is consistently touted as the most bike-friendly city in the U.S.), indie music, and reading are more your cup of tea, buying a home in Portland might be a great idea for you.
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