Portland, Oregon, is located in the Northwestern United States, where the Willamette and Columbia Rivers meet. It is only a short drive away from the Pacific Ocean, sprawling forests, fertile valleys and the Cascade Range. Portland’s mountainous backdrop, combined with the city’s many urban parks and eco-friendly ambition, make it a nature lovers’ paradise. Portland was established in the mid eighteen hundreds. Due to its riverside location, it was a major Pacific Northwest port until the turn of the century. With about six hundred thousand inhabitants, it is Oregon’s most populous city. Downtown Portland was built with pedestrians in mind, so you can easily walk the central district to take in the city’s architecture, parks, and fountains at your own pace. The heart of the city is the amphitheater on Pioneer Courthouse Square. It’s the place everyone keeps coming back to, after browsing galleries, shopping, and sightseeing. Do bring an umbrella because showers are very common, although there is plenty of sunshine to enjoy in summer. Some Americans jokingly call Portland ‘Beervana’, because of its large number of microbreweries. If you prefer a good wine, head to the Willemette Valley. Join one of the many vineyard tours to sample the local Pinot Noir made from grapes grown in volcanic soil.