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Known for its funky vibes, farm-to-table cuisine, craft beer, and one-too-many forest hikes to count, there is no surprise why so many people move to Portland after the first visit. I won’t lie — the thought even rippled through my mind a couple of times, too.

So what is it about this city that’s different from other urban destinations? Well, to put it simply: everything. Portland soars above the rest when it comes to its creativity, culture, and livability, which is why so many are calling it America’s best city.

I recently made my way to this Oregon oasis, and it didn’t take long before I caught the infectious Portland fever. The exploding crafts scene, the never-ending culinary choices, the close proximity of both ocean and mountains — woven together into one place. Of course, I took the city’s bait and was left hooked. Intrigued. Wanting more. But no, I haven’t relocated. Instead, I decided to churn my adoration into a massive city guide so you can experience the greatness of Portland, too. Tackling everything from “where to stay” and “where to eat” to “what to do” and “where to find the best outdoor adventure” — it’s all right here. Get ready to pack your bags