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Portland at a Glance

Portland is famous for its liberal political leanings, micro-breweries, coffee shops and bicycles. The city's wet, cold winters and hot summers make it a wonderful place to grow roses. The city is home to the International Rose Test Garden where hundreds of roses are grown in rows to test for smell, color and beauty.

Immigration has made Portland's food scene diverse and interesting. Chinese, Asian fusion and Mexican restaurants mix with American restaurants and fine dining spots. Locals love to get lunch or dinner from one of the dozens of food trucks that park themselves in rows during meal times. The food from these trucks is diverse as the city's residents and is a fun, affordable way to sample new dishes. For a fun and unique time, go no further than Portland. 



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May - September
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October - April
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Portland International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

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      • Bus Portland Greyhound Station
      • Railroad Portland Amtrack Station
      • Light Rail / Rapid Transit Portland MAX
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      7,755 miles
      Estimated Drive Time
      141 hour(s)
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Portland has a mild, coastal climate. Fog and occasional storms can cause hazardous conditions. 

      Safety Concerns Portland was ranked the third safest city in America by Forbes in 2009. Take ordinary steps to protect yourself from crime. 

      Health Concerns: Safe drinking water and limited infectious diseases make Portland a great place to visit.