The hills that roll south and west of Portland's city center are populated with countless single family homes, making it a quiet, safe place to raise a family, as well as the campus of Lewis & Clark College. But, at the heart of the southwest is the city center. Man-made and natural amenities include: museums, concert halls, and Portland State University, as well as an incredible variety of places to take in the city's natural splendor at the zoo, Hoyt Arboretum, Washington Park, Japanese Garden, and the world-famous Rose Test Garden, from where you can take in a sweeping view of the city and, on clear days, spy both Mt. Hood and Mount St. Helens. Downtown Portland is also the seat of local government and civic life, making it the staging ground for numerous annual beer, food and music festivals, charity foot races, protests, and parades.


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