Portland is divided up into districts, North, South, and East and West of the Columbia River, and until you get to know what is in each area you can't really understand how the city works.
But, once you figure out the feel for each district, where to find what and how to use the TriMet (bus) and MAX (light rail) system, you begin to fall in love with this quirky and fabulous city.
Portland, Oregon’s largest city, sits on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Hood. It’s known for its parks, bridges and bicycle paths, as well as for its eco-friendliness and its microbreweries and coffeehouses.
In fact, Portland is often recognized as one of the world's most environmentally conscious cities because of its high walkability, large community of bicyclist, farm-totable dining, expansive network of public transportation options and over 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) of public parks.