Portland Voted Best Place for Nature Lovers to Enjoy the Great Outdoors
We’re number one! Anyone in Portland could have told you, but now it’s official—Portland is the top city for people who love nature. It’s the best of both worlds. All of the convenience of an urban setting with all of the flora, fauna, mountains, and coastline your nature-loving side craves.
Realtor.com used six criteria to help select the greenest cities in the US:
Percent of city that is a park
Ratio of people to community gardens
Ratio of homes to greenhouses and gardens
Ratio of farmers markets to people
Most restaurants that offer farm-to-table eating per population.
What Makes Portland Perfect for Those Who Love the Outdoors
Want to know why we’re number one? The largest urban forest in the US is here (for starters). Forest Park has over 5,000 trees and is just a 10-minute drive from the heart of downtown Portland. Trails extend for 80 miles throughout the park, so you can keep going back to your favorite route or change up your hike every time.
Looming in the distance (but not very far) are the Cascades. Mountain lovers will always feel at home in Portland. It’s perfect for when you want to get away for a day or a week and enjoy camping or hiking.
The city has plenty of coastline for beach and surf lovers. You can be walking the downtown streets one second and have your toes in the sand the next. Pacific surf is perfect in the summer.
Did I mention the Columbia River Gorge? There’s literally something for every type of outdoors enthusiast. And if you love it all, then you’ll have something to look forward to in every season. From coffee around the fire during winter, to hitting the waves in the summer sun and everything in between.
Plus, we enjoy quality food thanks to local gardens, farmer’s markets, and farm-to-table eateries. What’s not to love? Portland is everything you want from city life and from outdoor living all in one perfect west coast package.