Ask anybody who’s thought about it at least once, and they’ll tell you that Oregon is one of the most beautiful states in the country. Pinned between California to the South and Washington State to the North, the Beaver State is a gem of the Pacific Northwest. Although the origins of its name, experts think that it may be based on the French word for ‘hurricane.’ Oregon is known for its mountainous landscape interspersed with luscious forests and beaches. US News also ranks it as the 16th best state in the country.


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Portland's slogan is "Keep Portland Weird," and with its organic coffee houses and microbreweries, it certainly gives Brooklyn, NY a run for its money. If you enjoy a green way of life, Portland is a forward-thinking city with dozens of green initiatives on the go at one time. This includes more than 10,000 acres of beautiful public parks. Many also talk about its bustling restaurant scene with plenty of farm-to-table restaurants serving produce from Oregon itself. If you like a city that is populous but not too busy, Portland might just be the place for you.