Portland International AirportIATA Code: PDX
Location: The airport is sited 9 miles (14km) from downtown Portland.
Time: GMT ?8 (GMT 7 from March to November).
Contacts: Tel: Toll free 1 877 739 4636 or (503) 460 4234.
Transfer to the city: Portland's MAX light rail system serves the airport, connecting to the heart of the city, for a fare of around $2 and travelling time of around 40 minutes. Trains run every 15 minutes between 4.30 a.m. and midnight. All transportation pick ups are located in the central area of the airport terminal's lower roadway on the baggage claim and departure level.
Taxis: The airport is also served by taxis and limos, although these may need to be ordered by telephone. Taxi rates are regulated and the fare to downtown should be $25. Reputable providers include Broadway Cab Company (Tel: (503) 227 1234) and Green Cab (Tel: (503) 252 442).
Car rental: The Car Rental Centre on the first floor of the parking garage has Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise and Hertz offices. Alamo/National and Thrifty have kiosks outside the CRC.
Facilities: The airport has several ATMs, a currency exchange bureau, and a shopping mall called the 'Oregon Market', which includes restaurants, coffee bars and a pub. There is also a postal service, information desks and a state-of-the-art conference centre.
Parking: Portland International offers ample parking options, including long-term and economy, in close proximity to the terminal building with a direct connection to the I-205 highway.
Departure tax: None.
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The city of Portland, situated at the navigable head point of the Willamette River, was the major port on the American Pacific northwest coast during most of the 19th century. Although not the capital of Oregon, it is the largest city in the State and its commercial centre straddles the Willamette River with its neatly planned city blocks.
Portland is today recognised as a fun city for tourists, essentially designed for outdoor living with miles of wilderness trails, woods and waterways within the city limits, set against the backdrop of the Mount Hood glacier with its ski resorts, less than an hour away.
The city is known for its stunning gardens, particularly the International Rose Garden where many thousands of rose bushes from around the world thrive and bloom. Roses form the centre of the city's Rose Festival in June, just one of the unique festivities that fill Portland's annual calendar. The other most popular event is the Oregon Brewers Festival, held annually in July, which celebrates the dozens of local micro-breweries, vineyards and distilleries in heady style.
A further attraction of Portland is its superb cuisine and exceptional dining opportunities. The region is renowned for its seafood, berries, pears, hazelnuts, wild game and fresh vegetables, which are all put to good use by some inspired local chefs.
All things considered it is not surprising that Portland is rated as an ideal place for modern travellers to stop and smell the roses.