Portland, Oregon is a port city situated in the scenic Willamette Valley. It has a temperate oceanic climate with cool and cloudy winters, and warm and dry summers. Portland is home to a range of classical performing arts institutions and also boasts numerous museums and educational institutions. One of the best features of Portland is the amount of space it has devoted to parks and gardens–the parks system has been proclaimed one of the best in America. It is a great place to live for those who enjoy the outdoors and natural surroundings.