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Portland, America's greenest city.

With visitors to the States often flocking to the east or west coasts, Oregon is not the most popular port of call. Yet as a state with huge tracts of forests and mountains to explore, it makes a good escape-the-tourist-trap destinaton and ultra modern Portland, its capital city, is considered to be one of the best places to live in the US, reports the Independent.

Voted the Greenest City in America by a popular science magazine, Portland has invested large amounts of money in city redevelopment and public transport, imposing building restrictions to avoid unrestrained construction. Stroll or cycle down the banks of the Willamette River, keeping a look out for the Steels Bridge, with its tram car and lift, then head across the Burnside Bridge to the growing bar and arts scene of the city’s east side. The Doug Fir Lounge and the Launch Pad Gallery are both worth a visit.

A further place of interest is the Oregon Historical society whilst the Chinese Classical Garden acknowledges the role the Chinese played in the development of the city. And don't forget to try some of the local beer. Micro-brewing is rife throughout the city so you’re likely to be offered a glass during your stay.

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