Tempted by Portland, one of the US’s coolest cities? Be sure to visit Oregon’s coast too, where the arty vibe has spread to its lovely seaside villages
Portland didn’t become the US capital of cool overnight. The city was a centre for independent music for decades before the press got wind of it. If a hipster is a person who wants to seem creative without actually creating anything, there’s a serious lack of hipsters in this city. The music and art being made here are world-class.
But it’s not just the music scene in Portland that makes a trip to the north-western state of Oregon worth a journey: its coast is spectacular, too, and, unlike neighbouring California, its beaches are almost empty. You can immerse yourself in the music scene then spend a week on some of the US’s most beautiful shoreline. Portland residents today flock to pretty villages such as Cannon Beach – sometimes called Portland on Sea, as it has so many art galleries – and Manzanita.