Portland is known for its eccentric locals, sophisticated yet cosmopolitan atmosphere, and eco-friendly culture. It sits on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, in the shadow of snow capped Mount Hood. You can find beautiful parks, bridges, and bicycle paths throughout the city. A must see attraction is the the iconic Washington Park which encompasses sites from the formal Japanese Garden to the Oregon Zoo, home of Tasul, the polar bear.
Portland has an abundance of locally grown produce, making it the leader in the movement to eat locally and seasonally. While many restaurants take advantage of the local farms, orchards and vineyards, many farms actually host their own “family style” meals.
There are plenty of places to shop in Portland. From shopping districts to farmers’ markets, there is always a wide selection, all with no sales tax. The largest mall in Oregon, the Lloyd Center, is located near the Oregon Convention Center. Lloyd Center has more than 150 stores, a movie theater and indoor ice rink.
Portland weather averages a daily maximum temperature for February that’s between 49 and 54 degrees Fahrenheit (9 to 12 degrees Celsius). The minimum temperature usually falls between 34 and 39°F (1 to 4 °C). It does rain — but as locals will tell you, rain in Portland means snow on nearby Mount Hood. What to pack: Coat, fleece, and rain-friendly shoes.