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The city for fit, caffeinated indie rock aficionados who love their flannels, books and microbrews.

The second largest city in the Pacific Northwest is home to more independent publishers, local music acts and microbreweries than anywhere else -- and it's surrounded by some absolutely stunning wilderness. When locals aren't busy composting or greening their homes, they enjoy hiking nearby trails or being playful in one of the many city parks. How do Portlandians keep up with all this activity? Plenty of caffeine. With 876 cafes, including the flagship Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Portland is the third most caffeinated city in the U.S., behind Seattle and Anchorage.

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