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Oregon

Metro Portland

A civic-minded population, acres of park space, fabulous restaurants and a vibrant arts scene – what more could you want in a city? How about a pair of snow-capped volcanoes in the backyard and a river running through downtown? We’ve got that, too.

Portland's legendary scenic beauty is surpassed only by the myriad of cultural opportunities it offers. The microbreweries, museums, wine bars and arts enclaves of Oregon's biggest city are easily accessed by an award-winning public transit system. Light-rail service, dubbed MAX for Metropolitan Area Express, is offered even from the airport to the heart of downtown and to the friendly towns of Gresham to the east and Beaverton to the west. All Portland buses, MAX trains and the sleek Euro-designed streetcars are free in Portland’s “Fareless Square” district, which covers most of the downtown area.

Take a look at the meticulously designed metro areas with smaller, walkable city blocks, bike lanes and abundant city parks, and it's easy to see why Portland-area urban planning practices are considered a model for the rest of the country to follow.

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