Portland Travel Guide & Information

Portland, a city located near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers in the state of Oregon has been referred to as the most environmentally friendly or "green" city in the United States. The region’s natural beauty, bustling local scene, seasonally focused dining and welcoming accommodations have earned Portland a reputation as being North America's "Best Big City". Portland is home to a diverse array of artists and arts organizations and was named in 2006 by American Style magazine amongst the Top Ten best Big City Arts Destinations in the U.S.

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Travel to Portland, a city with a vibrant nightlife, pretty residential neighborhoods, lush green parks and friendly residents. No matter what part of the town you choose to stay or visit, you’ll find endless things to see, sample, savor and share. Flights to Portland give you an opportunity to discover an effervescent arts community and dozens of urban parks and green spaces that this world class tourist destination is home to.

Portland represents a perfect blend between a bustling big city and small town friendliness. The numerous markets and restaurants are a perfect place to discover this. Portland is also known for its large number of microbreweries, micro distilleries and coffee fanaticism. The arts and culture scene boasts sites like Portland Museum of Art, the Oregon Ballet Theater & Oregon Symphony and much more.

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Things to do in Portland

Museums:

Portland has several world class museums that provide an insight to the city’s rich cultural heritage.

Portland Art Museum: The Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum on the West Coast and 7th oldest in the United States. The permanent collection has more than 42,000 works of art. It also features a center for Native American art, a center for Northwest art, modern and contemporary art, Asian art and an outdoor public sculpture garden.

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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry: is a two story facility and contains mainly hands on exhibits on topics including the natural sciences, human development, lifestyle issues and technology. The museum has five different specialized exhibit halls, a planetarium and a submarine exhibit.

Museum of Contemporary Craft: is one of Portland’s oldest cultural institutions. Today, the museum continues to be an adored location for people to connect creatively, professionally and socially through craft. The Museum of Contemporary Craft is the premier location in the region dedicated to excellence and innovation in craft from the early 20th century to present day.

Prominent Attractions:

Portland hosts several attractions well worth a visit.

Lan Su Chinese Garden: is a walled garden influenced by many of the famous classical gardens in Suzhou. There are over a hundred trees, orchids, water plants, perennials, bamboo, and unique shrubs located throughout the garden. In total there are more than 400 species. One of the most fascinating aspects of this garden is the artificial Lake, Zither in the center of the garden. It includes examples of a number of structures common to Chinese gardens, including covered walkways and bridges.

Portland Saturday Market: is an outdoor arts and crafts market. Visitors can stroll down rows of unique arts and crafts created by locals, as well as listen to live music while enjoying a plethora of exotic foods in the international food pavilion.

The Grotto: is set among acres of botanical gardens. As an internationally renowned sanctuary, The Grotto offers a place of peace and quiet reflection. More than 100 beautifully sculpted statues and shrines are nestled among flower-lined pathways winding under towering firs.

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Where to Stay in Portland

The choice of accommodation in Portland is endless. Choose from cheap hotels, 4-Star Hotels Under $99, hostels and extended stay hotels, to name a few.

Downtown: Downtown is the city center of Portland and where most of the city's high-rise buildings are located. The downtown is now a vibrant all-hours shopping, dining and business venue. As well as being home to converted lofts, beautiful green space, luxurious hotels and amazing architecture. You’ll find budget hotels and luxury hotels.

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Northwest District: is a densely populated retail and residential neighborhood where Old Portland-style houses are packed tightly together with grand vintage apartment buildings and sleek new condominiums, within walking distance of restaurants, bars and shops. The area has some great hotel options for all types of travelers.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

As per the latest travel information available to Portland, here are the latest passport and visa guidelines:

For US Citizens:

* A valid identification in order to board the plane.

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For Canadian Citizens:

Canadian citizens travelling by air to, through or from the United States must present one of the following valid documents:

* A passport or

* A NEXUS card when used at a kiosk at designated Canadian airports and at all U.S. airports when returning to Canada.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, before planning your travel.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Portland

If you’re planning your vacation to Portland based on the weather, though it’s a popular destination all year round. The most popular time to visit is during the summers when the weather is at its best and there is an abundance of outdoor festivals.

Winter is when budget travelers can choose to visit Portland.

Planning your Visit:

Peak season: (Mid-May to October)

Off-Peak season: (January to March)

Portland Weather

Portland is in the marine west coast climate region, marked by warm, dry summers and rainy, but temperate winters.

* Winters are mild and wet, while summers are warm and dry.

* Rain is generally rare between June and September, but the weather is extremely wet between November and April.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available throughout Portland. Be sure to let your banks know your dates of travel and find out about the cost of ATM withdraws.

Languages:

* English is the primary language.

* Many people in Portland speak Spanish as well.