Portland is home to a wide variety of events and entertainment. Portland's rich history and landmarks offer much more than can be explored in one weekend. The city of Portland -- the name was decided by a coin flip by the city's founders, William Overton and Isa Lovejoy -- was founded in 1851. Located near the confluence of the Willamette and Colombia rivers, the city features much more than the average American city.
Some affectionately refer to Portland as "The City Of Roses" based on the fact that the climate serves up the perfect environment for these fragrant flowers to be grown. With warm summers and rainy but still mild winters, Portland has a rather enjoyable climate. When some think of the Pacific Northwest, they think only of rain, and while the winter and spring does produce much rain in the city, it also provides the city with a lush green backdrop everywhere that the eye can see. With the city nestled between the two rivers and nearby Mount Hood, a mountain nearly 13,000 feet above sea level, the views are second to none.
Many people have enjoyed the fact that two large companies have recently moved to the city. Nike and Intel are two of the larger employers in the city, two high-volume companies that keep the economy strong. This beautiful city boasts a population of 562,690 people within the city limits and nearly two million in the metro area. The city itself is still growing, as evidenced by the local "Pearl District." This is an area that was used in the early part of the previous century as an industrial hub. These old factories that sat abandoned for years are now being converted into trendy high rise lofts, which support the city's booming economy. This area gives citizens walking access to downtown where they can take in a basketball game. The Trailblazers play their games in the downtown Rose Garden.
An observer will quickly notice that many Portlandites take part in an active lifestyle. The city hosts an annual marathon, as well as a race "Hood to Coast" in which an athlete will run from the top of this iconic mountain, through Portland and on to the Pacific Ocean. The city is also well known for its love of the arts. In a recent American Style magazine issue, Portland was ranked as the 10th best Big City Arts Destination. Obviously this is a city that any traveler would love to visit, and many would like to call home.
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