Famous for its alternative culture, quirky neighborhoods and great food and drink scene, Portland is one of the most unique cities in the US. The perfect destination for a weekend break with a difference, this offbeat city has something for everyone.
One of the best things about Portland is its outdoor culture. In the summer months bars, cafes and restaurants spill out onto the streets and the city’s residents relax in its many leafy parks. If you want to experience the city at its best, book your flights to Portland Oregon from June to August and get ready to enjoy a more relaxed pace of life.
Outside of the summer months the weather in Portland can be unpredictable. From March to May and September to November the city can experience a lot of rain so make sure you pack an umbrella if you’re thinking of booking flights to Portland at this time of year.
Winters in Portland are generally cold and rainy. Temperatures don’t drop quite low enough for snow so you’re left with grey skies and soggy shoes. On the plus side, finding cheap flights to Portland Oregon from December to February should be easy.
A good choice of US airports offers direct flights to Portland every day. This should give you a good selection of departure points to choose from when booking your flights to PDX. Use Orbitz for your flight search to boost your chances of finding a bargain.
The more flexible you can be when it comes to booking tickets to Portland, the better. Just at the top of your flights results page, you’ll see a link called ‘Show Flexible Dates’. If you click this you’ll be show prices for departures either side of your selected dates, helping you to find the best deal for your journey.
Another good way to find cheap flights is to click the ‘Nearby Airports’ link. Located below your departure and arrival airports, this option will show you if there are any alternative airports in your local area you can fly from. Sort your flight results by airline, departure time and number of stops using the filters on the left of the page.
The main gateway for visitors travelling to the state of Oregon, Portland International Airport is a major aviation hub and offers direct and connecting services to most airports in the US. A number of airlines use the terminal as a hub making it incredibly well connected to the rest of the country.
From Portland International you can use the MAX light rail red line to the center of the city and to destinations around the area. Taxis and hire cars are also available at the terminal.
A number of airlines offer direct daily flights to and from Portland Oregon. Carriers with the most frequent services include:
The TriMet public transport network, which serves the city of Oregon, includes light rail, commuter rail, bus and streetcar services. Covering most of the city, it offers a fast, easy and affordable way to get around town.
Taxis and hire cars are also easily available in the city center or you can hire a bike using the city’s bike share scheme and see the city from the saddle.
One of the most popular attractions in Portland is Washington Park. Home to the International Rose Test Garden, the city’s zoo and a number of museums, it makes a great destination for a relaxing day out.
No trip to this beautiful corner of the country would be complete without an outdoor adventure. Head over to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area for great views, fantastic walking routes and a bit of fresh air.
Find out more about the city’s history with a visit to the Pittock Mansion. Built in 1909 in a French Renaissance style, it’s one of the most striking buildings in the city.
Great deals on public transport travel passes are available in Portland so make sure you check available deals before you travel.
Let’s get the obvious out of the way: Portland is in the Pacific Northwest, and for much of the year, that means precipitation. Not a lot of it (New York and Miami both get more inches of rain per year), but a steady drizzle. In fact, it’s not uncommon to fight rain every single day of the month in March.
December averages only 65.1 hours of sunshine a month. But temps rarely drop below freezing at any point during the year, especially during the day. Winter brings performances by the Portland Opera, Oregon Symphony, White Bird contemporary dance troupe, and Portland Jazz Festival.
Summers here are actually warm, sunny, and dry, thanks to the city’s inland location (it’s an hour from the coast, which means no cool sea breezes). In July and August, the mercury can sometimes top 100. With the combination of the Cascade mountain range and the funnel of the Columbia River Gorge, the weather can occasionally get funky—thunderstorms coming off the nearby peaks, freezing air rolling down the river. Everyone takes advantage of bright summer days in the form of summer concerts at the Oregon Zoo (July–August), a five-day Waterfront Blues Festival around the Fourth of July, and the Bite of Oregon food fest and the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival in August.
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