Beer, bridges, hipsters, bikes, veganism…some of the many things one associates with Portland. Of course, the city’s also famous for being the headquarters of the globally known brand Nike. Fun walks, activities and shopping…All this and much more makes Portland a lovely stop for a weekend break while in the west coast of the US.
How to reach: Multiple airlines fly directly to Portland from India—United, Delta, American Airlines, Etihad, All Nippon, etc. You could also book a cheap domestic flight from any other US city. Portland is also conveniently well-connected to nearby cities in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, etc.) by the Amtrak Cascades train. You can also reach Portland from most American cities via the reliable local Greyhound bus service.
Trip duration: When I was travelling in this part of the world, I had just about a weekend to spare—but with the help of friends who live in the city and the super tips they gave me on what to see, eat and do, I was able to maximize my visit. Moreover, the city is small, and so everything is close by—making it much easier to see.
Transport tip: The city’s public transportation system is very well connected and user-friendly. All visitors need to do is purchase a day pass that’s valid for use on all city buses, MAX (TriMet), WES as well as Streetcars.