Portland, Oregon is one of the best cities to visit on a budget! Unlike other U.S. cities such as New York, Los Angeles or Seattle, you don't need much money to have a good time here. If you're in the know, you can easily find bars with the best happy hour deals, eating out is very inexpensive here, and there are always a range of fun activities you can get involved in or performers you can see for little or no money. Keep reading to find out what you can do on a budget in Portland.
Thanks to a good friend of ours we were fortunate enough to spend a couple of months in the city of Portland. After having spent much time travelling the west coast we have come to the conclusion that Portland is our favorite U.S. city. Portland is Oregon's largest metropolis and is a haven for eco-activists, cyclists, artists, outdoorsy folk, hipsters and vegans. It is a laid back city with a small town feel, filled with charming neighborhoods and a hip downtown area. A place where it is the norm to rock up to five star restaurants in Gore-Tex outerwear and hiking boots. Portland consistently tops the "Greenest Cities in the USA' lists and has been able to nudge its carbon emissions to below 1990 levels. Although Portland is not on the top of the list of cities to visit in the USA for most people, I am going to tell you why it should be.