Featured Destination:

Portland

Portland is just a little bit different than anywhere else you’ve been before, and it fully embraces the things that keep it weird -- from pedestrian-only bridges over the Willamette River to the city's quirky events such as the iconic Feast, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Pickathon and the Waterfront Blues Festival.

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Portland has more than 70 microbreweries -- more than any other city in the world -- so it’s no wonder Lonely Planet named Portland the best beer city in America. Head to one of the many beer festivals held throughout the year or join the popular Brewvana beer bus tour around town.

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Prepare your stomach: Portland has more than 600 food carts to try, most of which are grouped in pods for ease of sampling. There's also a major doughnut rivalry: Blue Star or Voodoo? And a coffee shop around almost every corner -- Stumptown Coffee Roasters keeps Portland on the map with its bottled cold brew.

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Straddling the Willamette River and flanked by majestic mountains, velvety green forests and sparkling streams, Portland beckons visitors to go outside and explore. Mount Hood, 90 minutes east of Portland, boasts three ski resorts. The picturesque Columbia River Gorge, famous for kiteboarding, is less than an hour away.

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Forget mass-produced souvenirs: You can bring home a unique piece of Portland crafted by the city’s abundant local makers. Find candles, clothing and even custom furniture in warehouses and studios around town. Not only can you purchase items, but you can also participate in tours and workshops to test your own chops.

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