Portland, Oregon's largest city is served by Portland International Airport, which is located 15 kilometres northeast of downtown Portland. Tourists on Portland flights can reach downtown Portland by taxi. The MAX light rail red line, stops right outside of the airport terminal. This railway service takes visitors to downtown in around 40 minutes. Car rental is available at Portland Airport from such agencies as Hertz and Budget. If you rent a vehicle you will find it easy to reach downtown by road. Tourists who need to stay in touch with colleagues or relatives can make use of the airport's free Wi-Fi before they leave.
Following a cheap flight to Portland, it is not difficult for visitors to explore the city by bicycle, on foot or on public transport. The city is home to many bike lanes and bikes can be taken onto all the buses and MAX Light Rail trains. TriMet runs the bus, streetcar and MAX Light Rail service in the city. There are a total of four MAX Light Rail lines: the Blue Line from east Hillsboro to Gresham; the Red Line from the airport to Beaverton; the Yellow Line from the south of the Expo Centre to Portland State University; and the Green Line from the north of Clackmas Town Centre to Portland State University. All lines run through the downtown district. The Portland Streetcar line runs through downtown every 13-20 minutes.
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a must-visit for tourists to the city. The museum contains countless hands-on activities, making it ideal for kids. Portland Art Museum houses many outstanding collections of artwork. The museum benefits from a range of moving exhibits. Film fans will enjoy watching an independent movie at the ornate Hollywood Theatre while nature lovers will enjoy strolling around the beautiful Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, home to over 2,500 plants. Forest Park is great for hiking and biking. Children and adults alike love Oregon Zoo.
Those who love to shop can make the most of their savings on flights to Portland by visiting NW 23rd, home to some unique stores. The Lloyd Centre is where tourists can find a wide array of shops under the one roof. Cha! Cha! Cha! is where quality Mexican food can be found for a reasonable price in Portland. Equinox is ideal for the vegetarian visitor. Those who have purchased airfare to Portland will find that the city is home to a great music scene. The 2410 is a converted warehouse that is home to buzzing electronic music. The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall is perfect for those wishing for a quieter night.
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