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Portland's Waterfront Park one of“America’s Great Public Spaces” – American Planning Association (October 2012)

“10 best beer cities in the world” – USA Today (Oct. 4, 2012)

Portland’s Pearl District named No. 5 “Best Hipster Neighborhood” – Forbes (Sept. 20, 2012)

“In Portland, Ore., bikes rule the road” – USA Today (Sept. 9, 2012)

One of the “10 Best Cities for Single Women” – Shape (August 2012)

Portland one of the “Top 50 Meeting Destinations in the U.S.” – Cvent (Aug. 9, 2012)

Portland called “America’s capital of cool” – Time Out Sydney (Aug. 6, 2012)

One of the country’s top 10 “Eating Towns” – Huffington Post (Aug.1, 2012)

"America's Best Bike City: Portland, Oregon" – Bicycling magazine (May 2012)

No. 3, "Top 10 cycling destinations" – VirtualTourist.com/Reuters (May 11, 2012)

“Our Next Art Capital: Portland?” – Wall Street Journal (May 2, 2012)

No.2,America's most-liked cities – Yahoo! News (April 20, 2012)

No. 2, "America's Best Cities for Hipsters" – Travel + Leisure (April 2012)

No. 1,"America's Greenest Cities" – Travel + Leisure (April 2012) One of the "Top 10 cities for cycling" – Sherman's Travel (March 2012) No. 4, "Techiest city" – Travel + Leisure (January 2012)

One of "The five best places to live in the world" – The Guardian (Jan. 20, 2012)

Portland was ranked No. 1 for Public transportation and pedestrian-friendliness and No. 2 for Microbrew beer, Coffee and Pet-friendly vacation – Travel + Leisure, America's Favorite Cities survey (October 2011)


Portland's Northwest 23rd Avenue named one of "America's Best Shopping Streets" – U.S. News Travel (November 2011)

No. 2, "Best City to Live in Car Free" – 24/7 Wall St. (Nov. 1, 2011)

No. 1, "World's Best Street Food" - U.S. News Travel (Oct. 17, 2011)

Portland named one of "America's Best Downtowns" – Forbes (Oct. 14, 2011) Selected by readers as a "Best Town Ever" - Outside magazine (October 2011) Portland called "the capital of West Coast urban cool" – The New York Times (Aug. 25, 2011) One of the world's Top 10 Literary Cities - National Geographic Traveler (September 2011) One of 15 Best U.S. Hiking Cities — National Geographic (September 2011) One of 10 Great Cities for Cycling — MSN.com (Aug. 3, 2011) No. 5, Best cities for tourist taxes — CNN.com (July 22, 2011) Portland named one of "10 Great Places for City Cycling" – USA TODAY (July 22, 2011) "World's Best Beer" (Portland is the only U.S. city listed) – U.S. News & World Report (July 5, 2011) Portland named one of "10 Cities Fit for Active Lifestyles" – CNBC.com (June 30, 2011) No. 1, "America's Best Beer Cities" – Travel + Leisure (July 2011) No. 4, "Healthiest Cities in America" – Business Insider (May 26, 2011) Portland is one of the "25 Most Photographed Places on Earth"- Budget Travel (May 24, 2011) No. 7, "World's Best Airports for Shopping Fanatics" – Huffington Post (Feb. 17, 2011 No. 5, "Best Cities for Public Transportation" – U.S. News & World Report (February 2011) No. 2, "America's Top Foodie Cities" – CNBC.com (January 2011) 2010 Portland International Airport ranks No. 1 in Zagat Airline Survey – CNN.com (November 2010) "Why Portland Is America's New Food Eden" – TIME magazine (November 2010) Portland International Airport ranked No. 2 in the nation for on-time departures in 2009 and the first eight months of 2010 – U.S. Department of Transportation, as reported by The Oregonian (October 2010) No. 2, "America's Top 10 Safest Cities"– Forbes (October 2010) Portland International Airport voted No. 1 domestic airport by business travelers – Condé Nast Traveler (October 2010) Portland's Waterfront Loop named one of "America's Coolest Riverwalks" – Travel + Leisure (August 2010) Portland named one of the "U.S. & Canada's Best Places to Eat" – Food & Wine (August 2010) Portland "best tax city for travelers" – USA TODAY (August 2010) No. 1, "Top 3 Green Destinations" – Corporate Meetings & Incentives (July 2010) No. 2, "Top Sustainable U.S. Metros" – Site Selection magazine (July 2010) No. 1, "America's Best Cities for Summer Travel" – Travel + Leisure (June 2010) No. 2, "America's Top 10 Most Underrated Cities" – ShermansTravel.com (June 2010) No. 1, "The World's Best Street Food" – Budget Travel (May 2010) No. 2, "BeerCity USA" 2010 Poll – Examiner.com (May 2010) Portland is the only U.S. city named one of the "Best Beer Cities in the World" – Lonely Planet community blog (May 2010) No. 5, Best Food City in America – Budget Travel Readers' Choice Awards (April 2010) Oregon's Willamette Valley named No. 5 Most Beautiful Wine Region in the World – Budget Travel Readers' Choice Awards (April 2010) Portland International Airport named No. 6 Favorite Major Domestic Airport – Budget Travel Readers' Choice Awards (April 2010) No. 2, "Best Bike Cities in America" – Bicycling magazine (April 2010) No. 2, "Time-Saving Cities" – RealSimple.com (March 2010) Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton metro area named No. 1 Green City – American City Business Journals (March 2010) No. 6, "Top 10 girlfriend getaway destinations in the United States"– TripAdvisor (March 2010) "Great Bike-Friendly Cities"– National Geographic Traveler (March 2010) return to top 2009 10 to Watch: "One of the Top Budget Travel Destinations for 2010" — Budget Travel (December 2009) "Best Running City in America" — Runner's World (December 2009) Portland was ranked No. 1 for Environmental friendliness, Public parks and access to the outdoors, Public transportation and pedestrian-friendliness, Safety, Summer Vacation and Airport transportation (to/from & within); and No. 2 for Farmers' markets and Cleanliness – Travel + Leisure America's Favorite Cities survey (November 2009) No. 3, "Top Five Beer Towns in the U.S." – Men's Journal (October 2009) No. 6, "World's Top 10 Bike-Friendly Cities" – AskMen.com (September 2009) Portland ranked No. 3 large city for environmental stewardship and sustainability – Smarter Cities, a project of the Natural Resources Defense Council (July 2009) "Skateboarding Capital of the World" – The Wall Street Journal (July 2009) World's Top 10 Biking Cities – Travel + Leisure (July 2009) No. 1, "5 of the Greenest Cities in the World to Visit" – TreeHugger.com (June 2009) No. 1, "Nation's Most Courteous Drivers" – AutoVantage (June 2009) No. 3, "Least Wasteful Cities in America" – Nalgene Outdoor (June 2009) No. 11, "Top 25 Arts Destinations in America" – AmericanStyle (June 2009) One of the "Top 10 Cat-friendly Cities in America" – CATalyst Council (April 2009) No. 6, "Fittest Cities in America" – Men's Fitness (February 2009) No. 2, "America's Best Airports 2008" – MSN.com (January 2009) 2008 "Gold Service Award" for CVB excellence / induction into M&C's Gold Awards Hall of Fame - Meetings & Conventions magazine (November 2008) "20 Best Places to Retire" - Black Enterprise Magazine (October 2008) Portland International Airport named "Nation's Best Airport" for the third year in a row - Condé Nast Traveler magazine (September 2008) No. 1, "Most eco-friendly big cities in America" - SustainLane.com (September 2008) No. 5, "Top 10 Cities for Design in America" - BusinessWeek / RMJM Hillier (July 2008) No. 1, "Best Gay Cities in America" - Gay and Lesbian International News Network (July 2008) Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community designation (one of only two cities in the United States to currently hold this rating) - League of American Bicyclists (May 2008) No. 5, "Top Cities for Architecture and Design" - Independent survey conducted by New York-based RMJM Hillier, the North American division of the worldwide architecture firm RMJM, ranking the top 10 American cities leading the way in design policy and practice No. 25 "World's Most Livable Cities" (one of only two U.S. cities listed) - Monocle (UK-based magazine) No. 2 "Top 25 Green Cities in America" - Country Home (March 2008) No. 5 "America's 10 Cleanest Cities" - Forbes.com (March 2008) No. 1 "Greenest City in America" — Popular Science (February 2008) No. 1 "Best Cities in America in which to Have a Baby" — Fit Pregnancy magazine (February/March 2008) No. 5, "Fittest Cities in America" - Men's Fitness (February 2008) 2008 Distinctive Destination (one of 12 cities chosen in the United States) — National Trust for Historic Preservation (February 2008) "Top 10 Cities for Independent Moviemakers" — MovieMaker Magazine (Winter 2008) Top 10 Cities to Beat / "Portland: Leader of the New Urbanism" — BusinessWeek (January 2008) 2007 No. 1, Cityscape / No. 1, "Environmental Awareness" - CNN/Travel + Leisure (October 2007) No. 2, "10 Greenest Cities in America" - MSN.com City Guides Portland ranks first in nation for biking to work: The U.S. Census Bureau finds that more people bike to work in Portland than any other city in the United States. More info. America's "Best Eating Destination" — The Food Network (April 2007) No. 9, "Top 25 Fittest Cities in the United States " — Men's Fitness (February 2007) No. 2, Cooking Light's 20 Best Cities Awards — Cooking Light (January-February 2007) One of the World's Top Travel Destinations for 2007 — Frommer's Guidebooks/Frommer's.com (January) return to top 2006 Portland was No. 1 on SustainLane.com's 2006 list of America's most sustainable big cities. No. 1, "Most sustainable big cities in America" - SustainLane.com (June 2006) "Top 10 Cities for Independent Moviemakers" — MovieMaker Magazine (Winter 2006) Oregon named "Top Dog in the USA " for mountain biking — Annual International Mountain Biking Association's "Report Card" (Winter 2006) Visiting Asia Without Crossing the Pacific in Portland, Ore. — New York Times (December) Frommer's Top Travel Destinations for 2007 — (November) No. 10 Best Arts City in America — AmericanStyle (June) Best Place to Live in the U.S. — Men's Journal (April) "Welcome to the playland for adults." — Men's Journal (April) Best Walking Town in America — Prevention (April) Best Cycling City in the U.S. — Bicycling (March) No. 3, "Top 10 Cities for Independent Moviemakers" — MovieMaker Magazine (Winter) "Rare Gay Destinations, First Stop: Portland" — Cybersocket (August) return to top 2005 "In Oregon's metropolis, the arts, night life and fashion are thriving." — The New York Times (November) "Newsflash: When we weren't looking, Portland got hip." — San Francisco Chronicle (October) "For a place its size, there might be no better eating city in the world than food-obsessed Portland." — Sky (October) "The sweet smell of meetings success" — Meetings West (October) "The offerings of Portland provide a crash course in cool..." — Cottage Living (September) "One of 18 Perfect Towns that have it all: Hip, smart and packed with adventure." — Outside (August) Portland is "...so green you could serve it as a side dish." — Outside (August) "Three Perfect Days in Portland" — Hemispheres (August) "Can a Place Be Too Perfect?" — Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel (July/August) "America's Cleanest City" — Reader's Digest (July) No. 2 in U.S. for Sustainable Cities — SustainLane.com (June) No. 15 on the list of America's "Top 25 Arts Destinations" — AmericanStyle magazine (Spring) "Top 10 Best Walking Cities for 2005" — American Podiatric Medical Association (March) "America's 10 Best Places to Live and Work for Those Under 40" — Monster.com (January) return to top 2004 "One of America's Hottest Historic Destinations" — Family Tree Magazine (December) "Gold Service Award" for CVB excellence — Meetings & Conventions magazine (November) "...it's the city's love affair with warm open kitchens and wholesome ingredients that led me to explore its booming restaurant scene." — New York Daily News (September) "These days Portland is a wine and food town, and a serious one." — Wine Spectator (September) No. 2 "Best big city" in the United States — Men's Journal (June) "The city ... seamlessly combines the commercial and the artistic, the historic and bohemian, the symphonic and multicolored-hair-much-pierced-appendages rock, and the urban and outdoorsy life. — The Hartford Courant (June) Top 5 "Impressive City" award for "communities where citizens are making a difference in their environment." — Delicious Living (April) return to top 2003 "Inviting gardens, museums and restaurants — and a friendly atmosphere — make this Oregon city worth a second glance." — Country Discoveries (Nov./Dec.) On shopping in Portland: ". . . there are plenty of shops that are well worth the trip." — Seattle Post-Intelligencer (December) "This gateway to Oregon's wine country is a wine destination in its own right." —FOOD & WINE (August) Portland ranks No. 4 on PeTA's list of top 10 vegetarian-friendly cities in the U.S. — PeTA.com (May) "Best running town" and home of the "Best urban running trail: the Leif Erickson." — Runner's World (May) No. 3 urban destination for summer travel in the U.S. according to T+L readers; plus No. 1 for general safety; No. 1 for ease of getting around; No. 5 for fall travel. — Travel + Leisure (April) "Carefree, car-free: The train is key to easy weekend getaways..." — Sunset (February) "Portland is a downright wonderful city to visit." — Travel America (February) One of "five cities of the future" — The Guardian newspaper, London (January) "The City of Roses is serving up some of the best (cuisine) in the Northwest." — Reno Gazette-Journal (January) return to top 2002 "Portland: lively, family friendly and walkable to boot." "Portland packs plenty to entertain kids." — Seattle Times (October) "… a wonderfully walkable city." — Los Angeles Times (October) "The city's neighborhoods have distinctive, lively personalities." "Portland is the kind of city that reminds you what the best cities are all about — people." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch (October) One of "25 Hot Downtown Destinations" — Expo magazine (October) Of the Eastbank Esplanade: "… its views of the Portland skyline are unparalleled." — Sunset (August) "It's the coolest city you've yet to fall in love with." — Southwest Airlines Spirit magazine (June) "Shop yourself silly" in this "green city's vast array of vintage stores and eclectic boutiques." — Lucky, The Magazine About Shopping (May) One of "10 perfect places in North America to spend your summer holiday." — Money magazine (April) "America's best undiscovered food and wine destination." "The next Napa." "It's the Burgundy of America, rich in produce, laden with seafood, and blessed with fabulous wines." — Gourmet magazine (January) "Oregonians have long known the pleasures of their favorite city. But as word spreads of Portland's innovative restaurants and flourishing arts scene, the rest of the world is moving in." — Travel & Leisure magazine (January) One of America's top "Hip Cities" (No. 6 of top 15) — Next Generation Consulting of Jackson, Wisc. (January) 2001 "Portland is a vibrant, thriving and friendly urban destination." — The New York Times (April) "North America's No. 1 Cycling City" -Bicycling magazine (November) No. 5, "Top 100 Fantastic Places (and Things) for 2001" - Travel & Leisure magazine (January) Portland's Forest Park named "Best Urban Park" in the United States — Outside magazine (October) "One of America's Top 10 Fittest Cities" - Men's Fitness magazine One of America's "Top 25 Arts Destinations" - AmericanStyle magazine (No. 13) "One of America's Top 10 Cities With the Best Summer Climates" - CustomWeather "Top Recycler Among the Nation's 30 Largest Cities" - Waste News magazine (Portland recycled more than 50 percent of its waste in 2000.) "Easy going, green and filled with art." — San Francisco Chronicle (June) "Top Destination Award" - Facilities & Destinations magazine "Gold Service Award" for CVB excellence - Meetings & Conventions magazine