2. Portland, Ore.

The tony town dubbed the "best big city" in the U.S. is Ohio native Colleen Horan's favorite place to spend the holidays. It means extra time with her extended family, including her two nephews. Festive stops include zoo lights, the kid-friendly Portland Art Museum and a trip to Courthouse Square to see the holiday lights. Contact: 1-800-962-3700; www.travelportland.com (Above: Portland's Japanese garden)
HANDOUT, Knight Ridder Tribune
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