Portland, Oregon is considered to be one of the best places to live in the United States. The reason being, it’s gorgeous mountain setting, clean air, mild temperatures, modest population, rivers and lakes and most of all, it’s friendly people. Portland is situated in a mountain setting allowing for spectacular views of Mount Hood, Willamette and The Columbia River from just about anywhere in the city. Downtown is remarkably clean and a very interesting place to frequent. It’s small-town appeal with the hustle and bustle and mass transit of a major metropolitan area makes this great NW city a great place to visit or make it your home. Portland suburbs have wide open spaces for comfortable living where neighborhoods range from tract housing to large acreage parcels farther from the city.
Close to Seattle?
Portland is nestled in the Cascade Mountain Range between the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. The most northern point of the suburbs lies on the Oregon-Washington border. Cities like Seattle are located about a 5hr. drive due north. Eugene Oregon is about a 2.5 hr drive south. Many beautiful coastal cities such as Astoria (featured in Kindergarten Cop) are a short drive from the metro area.
Interesting facts about Portland
Portland isn’t famous for much. It is truly an overlooked quality city in the great northwest. They do have such oddball attractions like the Stark’s Vaccum Cleaner Museum, spanning the 100-year history of the vacuum. Portland is also home to the 24-hr Church of Elvis… Don’t ask! Discover more facts below about Portland and the state of Oregon.
Fact one: The capital city of Oregon is Salem. Due south on interstate 5 you will find Salem, Eugene, and Rosberg.
Fact two: The Cascades are spectacular featuring Multnomah Falls with the highest waterfall in Oregon, at 620 feet.
Fact three: Oregon has many climates, wet and mild west of the Cascades and dry high-desert plains east of the mountain range.
Fact four: The longest continuous river in Oregon is the Columbia at 1,243 miles.
Fact five: The Oregon state motto is “She Flies With Her Own Wings”.
Fact six: The state flag is navy blue, with the state shield on one side and a beaver on the other.
Fact seven: “Oregon, My Oregon” was designated the state song in 1927.
Fact eight: The American Beaver, was named the Oregon state animal in 1969. Oregon is also known as “The Beaver State”.
Fact nine: The Western Meadowlark is Oregon’s state bird.
Fact ten: The Chinook salmon is the state fish and is the largest of the Pacific salmons.
Fact eleven: Oregon Grape is the Oregon State Flower.
Fact twelve: The Douglas Fir, is the official state tree.
Fact thirteen: Oregon has the deepest lake in the United States. The lake, Crater Lake is 1,932 feet at its deepest point.
Fact fourteen: Powells is the largest new and used book store in the world. A great database of books so, finding that book is easy. The staff is nerdy, brainy and very helpful. The best and biggest when book hunting in Portland.
Fact fifteen: Timberline Lodge Ski Area, Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Cooper Spur Ski Area, Mt. Hood Meadows, and Summit Ski Area are the 5 major ski areas on Mt. Hood. Timberline Lodge Ski Area is the only year-round ski season in North America.