After our trip to Portland in April, Tina and I were excited to visit again this weekend. Her sister had rotations there so we thought it’d be the perfect time to have a little vacay.
When you step foot into the Portland Airport, the first thing you might notice is their famous carpet. Designed in 1987, the design of the carpet has gotten so big it has its own Facebook page, twitter account, and hashtag (#pdxcarpet). The architects who designed this carpet wanted the carpet to represent the northwest so they went with the blue and green color palette. The carpet represents home to the Portland community! 🙂
After visiting Seattle a few months ago with my best friend, we decided to check out Portland aka the “Little Brother of San Francisco and Seattle.” The guy who came up with this nickname is originally from San Francisco, later moved to Seattle, and has visited Portland… so he’s somewhat knowledge about this, right? Honestly, the only thing I knew about Portland before the trip was that they didn’t charge sales tax. (And they were known to be hipster-y, but I wanted to find that out myself!)
Some fun facts about Portland:
- Portland was named by a flip of a coin – it could’ve been called Boston, Oregon.
- Portland is the home to over 700 food carts throughout the city! Many publications have named Portland the best city in the world for street food.
- Portland has more strip clubs per capita than any other US cities.
- Because Portland has an awesome public transportation network and efficient land use planning, they have been named one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world.
- Portland is the home to over 60 breweries. Best place for happy hour, anyone?
- Portland’s Powell’s City of Books is the world’s largest independently owned bookstore.