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After a latte and pastry from Portland's famed Stumptown Coffee, the urban adventurers walked just three blocks to catch MAX, the light rail train that connects all four corners of the city.
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The Marquam Trail begins at the Oregon Zoo. Thanks to clear signage along the route, hikers can navigate their way along the wooded path with ease.
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The four-mile Marquam Trail traverses Portland's West Hills with evergreen scenery and paved and dirt pathways from the Oregon Zoo, through Council Crest to the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) campus.
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On a clear day, you can see four peaks from the top of Council Crest: Mt. Saint Helens, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood.
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The newest addition to Portland's mass transit, the aerial tram departs every six minutes (except Sundays) and transports people from the top of Marquam Hill to the South Waterfront and back. What would normally take 10 minutes in a car takes just three in the air. And if you're just riding down the hill, it's free.
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Portland's street trolley runs along an eight-mile roundtrip loop from Nob Hill through the Pearl District and downtown, where it connects with the aerial tram at the South Waterfront. With more than 40 stops, each just a few blocks apart, the trolley made it easy for this city crew to hop on and off at the locations of their choice throughout the day.
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Located in the South Park Blocks, the sculpture garden at the Portland Art Museum has an inspiring collection including works from Barbara Hepworth and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
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With more than 100 food carts located in a half-mile radius of downtown Portland, serving everything from ethnic food to New York–style pizza and at a cost of around $6 or less, lunch for this crew is a no-brainer. The carts at SW 10th and Alder streets, including the Korean barbecue cart Number One Bento, are hopping on a sunny day.
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Shopping downtown and in the Pearl District does not disappoint. The boutiques carry a mix of hard-to-find designers, vintage pieces and favorite labels. At Radish Underground, the shoppers found unique pieces, many sourced from local designers.
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Located on West Burnside Street at the intersection between downtown and the Pearl District, Powell's Books is the largest new and used bookstore in the world, a book lover's paradise and a defining city landmark. Visitors spend countless hours here; with over 3,500 sections and an amazing collection of out-of-print and hard-to-find books, there is something for everyone.
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One of the city's newest restaurants, Grüner (which means "greener" in German—very apropos) serves traditional Northern European cuisine, such as pork tenderloin schnitzel and grilled salmon, in a dimly lit modern space of glass and wood.

Portland’s progressive mass transit system makes it easy to navigate the city’s hip West End. The 4T route—train, trail, tram and trolley—allows eco-friendly urban explorers to discover the city on two feet, be it a morning hike on the Marquam Trail, accessed via a short train (MAX) ride; an aerial cruise on the tram and a trip on the trolley (streetcar) for shopping, galleries and a candlelit dinner. Of course, in a city that has about as many green accolades as it does coffee shops, would you expect anything less?

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