For those of you who wonder what "green living" is all about, Portland can tell you. This city's been involved since long before most jumped on the bandwagon. One of the main ways it's environmentally friendly is by just allocating plenty of greenspace. There are three state parks and a wilderness park within the city limits not to mention Portland Classical Chinese Garden, Hoyt Arboretum, and the Portland Japanese Garden. Ask locals what to do, and they'll recommend you hike a Forest Park trail, stroll the Eastbank Esplanade, kayak the Willamette River, or ski Mount Hood. Enjoy a summer concert at the Oregon Zoo, or do the Art Walk in the Pearl District. This up-and-coming art district showcases Portland's burgeoning arts scene, as well as its knack for urban renewal. If you need a pick-me-up, stop by Stumptown Coffee and Voodoo Doughnut or, if you're bored with sightseeing, experience the city's other beverage specialties: microbrewed beers and obscure wines from the Willamette Valley.
Native son Henry Wadsworth Longfellow described Portland, Maine, as "The beautiful town seated by the sea." Henry wouldn't recognize it today; still charming, but now the waterfront hauls in tourists, not just seafood.
Tourists crowd the historic streets of Old Port District to browse bookstores, buy pottery, search for used clothing, and stuff themselves silly. Whale-watches depart from the docks. And the Portland Art Museum houses a most eclectic collection -- a fine little museum. At day's end, a visit to one of Portland's brew pubs helps wash it all down.
There's sports in the forecast, too. The Portland Sea Dogs play ball at Hadlock Field while fans slurp clam chowder and avoid the Trash Monster -- the fuzzy green character who lambasts litterbug fans. And the NHL Portland Pirates also draw fans to their brand of ice capades.