Nestled between the Willamette and Columbia rivers, Portland is especially reputed for being one of the greenest urban areas in the U.S. An extremely popular destination among drink and food connoisseurs, this area also offers plenty in terms of natural and cultural sites. Known for its luxury lofts and shopping malls, Portland’s Pearl District remains one of the most upscale regions in Oregon. But if you’re interested in arts and culture, head over to downtown Portland, which offers plenty of buzzy lounges, galleries, and cafes with philosophy evenings. Because Oregon does not have a sales tax, Portland is also one of the most popular shopping destinations in America. As far as foodies are concerned, they’ll certainly enjoy the typical Portland dishes, such as Bacon Maple bars, Marionberry Pies and, more uniquely, Pear and Blue Cheese ice cream.