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Portland was incorporated in 1851 and is Oregon’s most populous city. The city began as a settlement in 1843 and was called ‘the clearing’ for its open areas, which were used for commercial use.

Portland maintains its open areas with the establishment of natural parks. There are more than 8,000 acres of protected land space designated for parks. Portland also holds an array of museums. It has been recognized as the 10th best Big City Arts Destination in the U.S. Of them, the Portland Art Museum holds the largest collection.

Portland is well known for its beer, with 28 microbreweries established within city limits. Some believe the microbrewery influx began in 1888 with Henry Weinhard, who volunteered to pump beer from his brewery into a city fountain. Some call Portland the ‘beer capital of the world’, with already acquiring the nicknames ‘Beervana’ and ‘Brewtopia’. Portland is home to many beer festivals, including the Oregon Brewers Festival.

Portland has also acquired the nickname ‘City of Roses’. They boast to have the perfect climate for rose cultivation and have numerous rose gardens. The most prominent is the International Rose Test Garden, home to more than 7,000 rose plants.



International Rose Test Garden Oregon Brewers Festival Portland Art Museum