Yes, they've heard all the Portlandia jokes, but Portland stands by its quirks, indie bookstores, Alberta Arts District circus performers, reclaimed Rebuilding Center decor, Downtown farmers markets, and organic food carts, even after tastings of local gin on Distillery Row.
Read more about Portland on Hipmunk's Portland City Guide.
Downtime has become an art form in Houston's Museum District, Midtown bistros and honky-tonks in revitalized Washington Corridor. But schedules get rearranged for Dynamo stadium soccer games, azalea tours around River Oaks mansions and shopping at the Galleria's 400 stores.
Read more about Houston on Hipmunk's Houston City Guide.
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