Fly To Portland, Oregon
Situated just south of the Columbia River in the state of Oregon, Portland has a diverse culture that is rich in all things arty, musical, edible and drinkable. It has its own version of Off Broadway, with a number of theatres and shows running throughout the year. Craft beer is also a big deal in Portland – you can try some local varietals along with locally made coffee (or take some back home).
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans do need a Visa to enter the United States. These can be arranged via your nearest US Consulate General in Cape Town (Phone: +27 (21) 702 7300), Durban (Phone: +27 (31) 305 7600) or Johannesburg (Phone: +27 (11) 290 3000).
- The closest representation to Oregon is the South African Consulate General in Los Angeles, which is situated at 6300 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 600, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Phone: +1 (323) 651 0902.
See and do
Highlights include the Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Miracle Theatre, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland Art Museum, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Alberta Arts District, Portland Classical Chinese Garden, Portlandia Statue, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Hair of the Dog Brewery, artisan coffee roasters such as Stumptown Coffee Roasters, 24 Hour Church of Elvis, Voodoo Doughnut and plenty more besides.
Shopping is excellent, with everything from the mundane to the bizarre available. Key shopping areas include Downtown Portland, Nob Hill, Pearl District, Hawthorne Avenue (best for vintage clothing) and the Lloyd District. There are also department stores such as Nordstrom, Macy's and H&M, malls such as Lloyd Center, Washington Square, Clackamas Town Center, Westfield Vancouver, Bridgeport Village and Pioneer Place and the Portland Saturday Market, which sells everything from handmade items to imported Tibetan curios. Things to buy include vintage clothes, books, cultural finds, artisan coffee and locally brewed craft beer.
Public transport is mostly managed by TriMet. There are buses, an express train system (called MAX), city-owned Portland Streetcar and taxis. Bicycles are a favourite with locals and visitors, so hiring a bike can be a fun and rewarding way to get around if you’re up for the adventure. Car hire is also available, either from the airport or via an operator in town. Last but not least, there is also a commuter aerial cableway called the Portland Aerial Tram, which connects the Waterfront area to the campus area.
Portland Airport – PDX
Food and beverage: Coffee People offers a range of coffee drinks and light snacks at Portland Airport.
Currency Exchange: There is a Travelex branch that handles currency exchange and other banking services.
Lost Luggage: Report lost baggage at the Lost & Found office in arrivals.
Airport Hotels: Hotels near to the airport include Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, Radisson Hotel Portland Airport, Hyatt Place Portland Airport and Country Inn Portland Airport.
Car Hire: Rental companies at this airport include National, Avis, Budget, Dollar and Hertz.
Airport Hub: Portland Airport (code PDX) is a hub for hub for SkyWest Airlines for flights to smaller cities in Oregon and California, as well as Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air.