Mt. Rainier left and Mt. St. Helens right from Mount Calvary Cemetery in Portland, Oregon - Wikimedia Commons
Portland, Oregon - has a climate marked by both warm, dry summers and wet, cool-to-chilly winter days, ideal for growing roses, thus known as the "City of Roses." The city is also known for its abundant outdoor activities, liberal political values, and beer and coffee enthusiasm. Portland is home to a large number of independent microbreweries, micro distilleries and
food carts that contribute to the unofficial slogan "
Keep Portland Weird." Portland is home to more than 60 breweries-more breweries than any other city in the world-which is partially responsible for CNBC naming Portland the best city for happy hour in the U.S. in 2010. The
McMenamin brothers alone have over thirty brewpubs, distilleries, and wineries
scattered throughout the metropolitan area, several in renovated cinemas and other historically significant buildings otherwise destined for demolition. In 1999, author Michael "Beerhunter" Jackson called Portland a candidate for the beer capital of the world because the city boasted more breweries than Cologne, Germany. The Portland Oregon Visitors Association promotes "Beervana" and "Brewtopia" as nicknames for the city. In mid-January 2006, Portland Mayor Tom Potter officially gave the city a new nickname: Beertown.
Authors from Portland include science fiction writer
Ursula K. Le Guin, famous for her Earthsea novels, Hainish Cycle and Orsinian Tales; Katherine Dunn author of the bestselling novel Geek Love; transgressional fiction novelist Chuck Palahniuk, best known for his award-winning novel Fight Club; best-selling Christian author Don Miller; Washington Institute Book Prize-winning author and journalist Michael J. Totten, and Beverly Cleary, author of the famous series of children's books featuring Henry Huggins, his dog Ribsy, Beatrice "Beezus" Quimby and Ramona Quimby. Klickitat Street, where Cleary's characters live, is an actual street in northeast Portland. Statues of the characters stand in nearby Grant Park.
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is located on the east bank of the Willamette River across from downtown Portland, and contains a variety of hands-on exhibits covering the physical sciences, life science, earth science, technology, astronomy, and early childhood education. OMSI also has an ultra-large-screen movie theater and is home to the
USS Blueback submarine, used in the film
The Hunt for Red October.
Because of strong free speech protections of the Oregon Constitution upheld by the Oregon Supreme Court in State v. Henry, which specifically found that full nudity and lap dances in strip clubs are protected speech, A judge dismissed charges against a nude bicyclist in November 2008 on the grounds that the city's annual World
Naked Bike Ride was "a well-established tradition" in Portland. The first instance occurred sometime around 1999 and had less than 7 participants; at the time it was jokingly referred to as "critical ass" (a play on Critical Mass bike rides). Participants would 'purchase' a bike from a local chain department store and then return it the next morning. It used to take place at midnight and lasted until the participants were stopped/arrested. The prankster aspect of it came in when the arresting officers didn't want to touch the naked cyclists in order to arrest them. The 2009 Naked Bike Ride occurred without significant incident. City police managed traffic intersections. There were an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 participants. In June 2010, Portland's World Naked Bike Ride had an estimated 13,000 people.