Portland in Oregon is the up and coming city of the West. For too long it has been in the shadows of big cities like Seattle and San Francisco. But now, Portland is emerging as a hip, vibrant city that lives by its own rules. The catch phrase ‘Stay Weird Portland’ is not just good for bumper stickers, but actually a true philosophy for the City of Roses. Renting a car to fully experience everything Portland and Oregon have to offer is a must if you do not want to limit yourself in a city with so many fantastic opportunities at hand.
Start of by getting to know Portland through its history. Take a trip to the Oregon Historical Society Museum and drive out to Fort Vancouver, the region’s only National Historic Site. Both the Portland Children’s Museum and a visit to the fantastic Oregon Zoo should be on the list for any family vacation, while a perusal of Portland’s Museum of Contemporary Craft and the Centre for Contemporary Native Art will excite art fans. Go for a ride on the Aerial Tram for a 360-degree view of the city and feel like a true local at the New Seasons Market, where you can pick up hand-made souvenirs and gifts that Oregon is proud to produce.
If there is one thing Portland has made itself famous for, it is the craft beer industry. Home to over 65 breweries and literally hundreds of beer related events every year, Portland is a beer aficionado’s dream come true. If exploring the beer scene is not your thing, Portland will still satisfy your taste buds as it has evolved into a dining Mecca, hosting restaurants of all kinds as well as one of the most thriving food trucks scenes in the country.
After being declared by CNN as “home to the world’s best street food”, you can now find over 600 food trucks scattered around Portland, offering the opportunity to sample almost anything your palate can imagine. The Portland Mercado Pod is among the most famous of the food truck pods offering Mexican, Salvadorian, Argentinean, and Columbian fare.
More than all that, there are countless outdoor opportunities within an easy drive of the city. Fill up your tank and head for the Pacific Ocean. Catch the surf in Cannon Beach, which is only 90 minutes away from the city. The Columbia River Gorge and its pristine natural setting is a mere 20 minutes east of Portland, while Mount Hood is the local ski spot, home to fantastic downhill skiing all year round thanks to the accessible glaciers.
As the city is constantly growing and redefining itself, exploring Portland always feels like a new experience. Renting a car with Orbitz makes discovering new neighborhoods (and their food trucks) easy . Plus having your own ride will take you beyond the city limits to the beauty that Oregon has to offer. Take advantage of our wide range of vehicles right at Portland International Airport. This way, you will get cruising the city in modern luxury or hitting the Oregon outdoors in an SUV that can take you to the extreme in no time.