Portland rides to historic sites and attractions
Portland is one of the largest cities on the west coast, making it a vibrant metropolis filled with tons of young people as well as other friendly nature-loving citizens. The city sits along the intersection of the Columbia and Willamette River, offering an incredible view of Mount Hood, a six thousand foot mountain just off the outskirts of downtown.
The PDX airport’s carpet has become symbolic with its famous teal color and geometric design. Originally it was fitted in late 1980’s but the Port of Portland (which is the operating authority) would not have thought that it will go viral creating a symbol of the city. A foot selfie with the carpet has become quite a tradition upon landing safe at the PDX. There were Instagram accounts and hashtags with the PDX carpet name way before the airport itself went with the people and installed signs around the airport to invite travelers towards the yellow foot outlines for foot selfies.
The Port of Portland happens to take care of number of art installations and exhibits at the Portland International Airport. They are part of the PDX Arts and Entertainment Program. Artwork of regional artists is put on display at five different locations at the PDX. Local musicians often perform live. Apart from the exhibits, there is a massive cuckoo clock made of wood, called the “Portland is Happening Now” and depicts Portland imagery. The cheapest and easy way to get into the city from PDX is via the MAX, light rail system of the city. Also an express shuttle runs every half hour from the PDX.
The Grotto – National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother
Touring Pittock Mansion
|Flying into Portland International Airport|
Portland International Airport is located just off the coast of the Columbia River, making it a short three-mile drive from downtown, which can easily be accessible through TRI MET, the high-tech light rail system just installed by the city for eco-friendly and fast transportation.
|Portland Airport Transportation|
If you’re in need of other means of ground transportation besides Portland’s public light rail system, you’ll have to make calls to private companies, which are all listed online. Airport shuttle services are also readily available.
|Nearby hotels in Portland|
For chic, modern rooms in an early 20th century hotel, visit the Hotel Lucia. This 4-star resort offers the unique juxtaposition between old architecture on the outside with modern conveniences on the inside. Another great spot to stay in is the Inn at Northrup Station, a bright and colorful hotel that has a 4-star feel with a 3-star price, not to mention free Wi-Fi and breakfast.
The Andina is a beautiful and lively restaurant that offers amazing Peruvian food as well as an exotic atmosphere at an affordable price, not to mention a great view of downtown. If you’re in the mood for some southern comfort, try some locally grown food at Screen Door, a restaurant that offers classic American dishes with a Northwest twist.
|Things to do in Portland|
If there’s one thing that’s heavily in abundance in Portland, it’s parks. There’s certainly a lot of entertaining things to do within the city, but there are just as many things to do on the outskirts, whether it be the International Rose Test Garden or Trillium Lake.