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With its copious microbreweries and thriving art and music scenes, Portland is one of the coolest cities in the US. Add natural delights such as Mount Hood and you have a wonderfully varied city break destination. Rent a car in advance to explore this dynamic city at your own pace.
Portland’s lively core and beautiful green spaces offer more than enough to keep you entertained, both indoors and out. Here are just a few of our must-see areas.
With the historic Pioneer Square as its centerpiece and a calendar of near-constant festivals, farmers’ markets and other events, Portland’s downtown area is the perfect blend of old and new. Look out for the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon History Museum and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. You’ll also find many of the city’s car rental firms concentrated here.
There’s no hint here of the post-industrial decline this area was facing not so long ago. Today the Pearl District is home to ultra-trendy restaurants and bars that capture Portland’s DIY spirit, as well as the much-loved Powell’s City of Books – which occupies an entire block – and a smattering of car rental firms that spill over from neighboring Downtown.
Discover the biggest urban park anywhere in the country, a vast, partially forested landscape that sprawls across 5,000 acres. Its miles of trails and convenient location make it a favorite with local hikers, bikers and bird-watchers as well as visitors to the city. If you want to start at its northern tip, you can drive there from Downtown in minutes.
If you’re ready to get to know Portland, why not reserve your perfect rental car today?
Renting a Car Portland is easy, but before you dive in, you might want to know some of the basics – here they are.
There’s a fair selection of car rental companies to choose from, including recognizable brands such as Budget, Avis and Hertz.
As a rule, you’ll need to be 21 to rent a car anywhere in the state. But if you’re under 25, you can expect an additional young driver charge on top of your rental fee. Extra charges may also apply if you’re over 70, but policies vary between companies, so it’s worth checking out your options before you commit.
US residents will need to show their current driving license and credit card, while those coming from overseas will need to show both those items and an International Driving Permit (IDP).
In most cases, no. When you rent a car online, you will usually have the option to reserve your car for free and settle your bill later. A deposit will only be requested when you actually come to collect your car. Keep in mind that cash usually won’t be accepted for this; it has to be a credit card.