The essence of a place, like the smell of the sea or the tang of a lemon, is the "why" behind all travel. To leave our homes and to discover new textures, tastes, and the lilt of a different dialect or language brings us the sense of both our universality as human beings, and the marvelous ways in which we differ.
In this section, we offer a little bit of that essence for each DGuide city. Read the Overview for flavor, and the History for context. If you're considering a move, get local detail from Relocation, and see Related Links for even more background.
- But for a coin toss, the second largest city in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Oregon's largest would be known as Boston. In 1845, Asa Lovejoy from Boston, Massachusetts and Francis Pettygrove from Portland, Maine flipped a coin, and a city was born on the banks of the Willamette River.
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- Mild weather complements a dynamic, adventurous scene in Portland, Oregon, an up-and-coming, funky city with a small town feel. Just 90 minutes from the majestic, craggy peaks of Mt. Hood and an equal distance from the pristine waves of the Pacific, this city entertains in spades.
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