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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Why visit Portland
- Indulge in the various flavours of this city, being renowned for its food, Portland is a destination filled with tantalising dishes at every corner. It would be hard not to try at least one.
- Spend the day exploring the beautiful Forest Park which sprawls over 5100 acres in hills and more than 70 miles of trails which wander through the lush evergreen forests.
- Experience some of Portland’s art with places like the Portland Museum of Contemporary Craft which was founded in 1937 which delve into the fascinating roots of this region.
The best time to visit Portland would be from June to August. During this time the weather is always warm which allows for perfect days out exploring this beautiful city. Due to the fact that this time period is during the peak- season it is advised to make bookings a couple of months in advance to ensure that you do not get charged over-priced rates.
The most spoken language in this city is English, with a large majority of people also speaking Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and Russian.
- Portland was named on a coin toss.
- Portland is one of two cities in the United States to have a dormant volcano within city limits.
- Portland holds an annual World Naked Bike Ride.
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.
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.
There are plenty of restaurants, whether it be fine dining or street food-trucks that serve some of the best food in Oregon.
Portland is considered to be a foodie city with so much choice these are the top restaurants to try when visiting this city:
- Toro Bravo
- Salty’s on the Columbia
- Screen Door
Most of the locals in Portland are Catholic, with a few affiliating themselves with the Jewish and Islamic faiths. Locals are extremely welcoming and friendly to visitors, they are also very accepting in terms of beliefs and religious traditions other than their own.
Portland is a very safe city to visit, although like any big city it is advised to remain vigilant at all times, especially if it is a new city.
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Portland Airport – PDX
Food and beverages: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.
Car hire:Rental companies at this airport include National, Avis, Budget, Dollar and Hertz.
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.
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.
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