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America's Coolest River Walks

Portland, Oregon

Courtesy of Travel Portland

Tom McCall Waterfront Loop, Portland, OR

Why It’s Cool: The three-mile walking-and-bicycling loop includes the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade on the east side of the Willamette River and Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the west. The Saturday Market features Portland residents selling artisanal crafts, like Kitty Baby Love’s egg-shaped kitty crayons. And at Flavour Spot, a food cart in a gourmet “pod” two blocks from the park, Dutch Tacos (pork sausage and maple spread served in a crisp waffle) are a favorite snack.

Don’t Miss: The eight-mile river loop through Springwater and Oaks Bottom wildlife refuges. You might see nesting bald eagles within city limits.


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