Tips and Tracks for travel in Portland, Oregon.

Tips and Tracks for travel in Portland, Oregon.

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PORTLAND TRAVEL TIPS

PORTLAND TRAVEL TIPS

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Preparing for Your Trip to Portland, Oregon

Book Portland Hotel and Air Separately

It's like buying a TV with a built-in DVD player. If one component ends-up not working, then the unit as a whole doesn't work. Finding the ideal combination of, or making changes to a package deal, can be restrictive, difficult, frustrating and time-consuming. And just because most ads for package deals to Portland tout that you will save money, you may find otherwise. Also, you may get a better flight to Portland, without spending more, when you purchase your airline ticket to Portland separately. Yes, a Portland vacation package could be ideal, but we like to urge savvy travelers to check into the alternative. You can easily check Portland hotel room prices on i4portland.com when doing your research.

Packing for Your Portland Trip

Be sure to pack for the climate in Portland and also for the season. Bring breathable natural fabrics for hot weather, and layers that can be added or removed for cooler weather. Remember that summers and winters are opposite in the Southern Hemisphere, with summer in December and winter in July.

Bring a Map of Portland

Don't leave home without it! If you don't know Portland well, it will be a huge advantage to buy a Portland map and look it over prior to your trip. You'll be surprised how much you remember about the major streets and areas of Portland once you've studied the map and gotten the big picture. It will help you get your bearings once you've arrived. Whichever attractions in Portland you want to see, you'll have a better idea of where they are from your hotel and how to get there. Check the brochure rack in the hotel lobby for what to do in Portland. There might even be a map of Portland tourist attractions.

Check the Weather in Portland

Before you embark on your trip to Portland, search Portland weather on a search engine and find the 10-day forecast for Portland. It could help you decide which Portland tourist attraction to see and do on which day.

Taking a Computer to Portland

There are benefits of taking your computer with you on vacation, such as staying in touch with family and friends and making or canceling reservations on the go. Take advantage of the internet in your Portland hotel, or if unavailable, locate the closest internet cafe.

Portland Travel Journal

You may like to keep a small travel journal or notebook for your trip to Portland to jot down place names, dates and phone numbers of newly acquired friends. These reminders will also be useful if you'd like to blog about your trip to Portland after you return home.

When You Arrive in Portland

Check Your Room When You Arrive in Portland

Now, immediately, is the time to be sure you are happy with your room. If ANYTHING is bugging you, now is the time to ask for a different room or to have any issues cleared immediately. After you've spent the night, or even hours in your room, is NOT the time. Speaking of bugging you, it is a good idea to check the bed thoroughly. Yes, it can happen to any hotel, anywhere. Even the very best and very cleanest of hotels in Portland could fall victim because the critters can travel the world in people's luggage. So now you can unpack, order extra towels, look at prices on the room service menu and start enjoying Portland.

Restaurants in Portland

Isn't going out for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner a favorite thing to do for just about everyone and especially when on vacation? You might want to actually think about your Portland restaurant route ahead of time to avoid - Where do you want to go? I don't know, where do you want to go?- To find a restaurant in Portland that suits your fancy each day, peruse the Portland Yellow Pages and ask friendly locals or other visitors for recommendations.

Things to do in Portland

You probably based your vacation trip to Portland because of what there is to see and to do in Portland. But it never hurts to check a little further in case there is an attraction you don't know about. Check the brochure rack in the hotel lobby for What To Do in Portland. There might also be a map of Portland attractions. You know... the maps with the cute pictures on them. Just one more Portland souvenir to take home!

Dining Out In Portland

Don't be afraid to try regional cuisine in Portland. When dining out, ask about local Portland specialties. You'll find that locally sourced ingredients make for the freshest and tastiest meals, and you'll be paying a compliment to your host city in honoring their traditions.

Festivals in Portland

Local holidays in Portland may have an effect on the availability of some amenities or attractions, but local Portland festivals or parades will add to the enjoyment of your trip making Portland even more memorable.

Celebrations in Portland

No matter what time of year you're visiting Portland, there are amazing events to make your trip unforgettable. Contact the Chamber of Commerce or Visitors Authority in Portland and ask for calendar of local events. This information may also be available on the website for Portland. This will help you plan your activities to include local festivities you would like to participate in.

Souvenirs from Portland

Don't forget the folks at home. Purchasing small souvenirs or gifts in Portland will save you money over airport gift shop prices, and will be appreciated by friends and loved ones who were unable to be with you in Portland.

Side-trips in Portland

Spontaneous side trips in Portland can be made with the help of your hotel concierge, or a local Portland travel agent. So don't worry about having to plan out every detail of your trip to Portland before you leave.

Must See Sights in Portland

If you are visiting Portland for the first time make sure you decide on the Must See Sights and plan your itinerary accordingly. Guide books on Portland can be an invaluable resource, listing directions, hours of operation and entrance fees.

Portland Transportation

Driving in Portland

If you plan to drive in Portland it's best to reserve your rental car in advance. Not only will you get the best rates, but you will be assured of a vehicle being available for you, rather than taking your chances upon arrival. Make note that speed limits and other rules of the road may vary in Portland and may differ from those you are accustomed to.

Public Transportation in Portland

Subways, commuter trains, trams, monorails, cable cars, taxis, buses and ferries are all modes of public transportation. Not only is it convenient when traveling, but usually it's an adventure! When traveling around Portland, you'll want to make the most of what is available and what might be, well...an adventure! Be sure to research Portland transportation online, in advance, or speak with the concierge at your hotel.

Taxis in Portland, Additional Portland Tips

When using taxis in Portland make sure they are legitimate and licensed. Public transportation in Portland is a viable alternative to taxis and will give you the opportunity to talk to locals who can give you pointers for great restaurants and side trips.

Medical Insurance in Portland

If your health insurance provider does not provide coverage for Portland, look into purchasing medical insurance for travelers so that you are covered in case of emergency.

Security in Portland Hotels

If your hotel room provides an in-room safe, be sure to use it for personal valuables and papers. Otherwise ask the hotel staff about safety deposit boxes. Always remember to thoroughly check all drawers, safes and closets before you leave your Portland hotel room so as not to leave anything behind.

Health Precautions in Portland

Waterless hand sanitizers are a boon to travelers, include travel size containers when you pack for your trip to Portland. These will come in very handy when eating on the go during your sightseeing adventures.

Safety in Portland

Use common sense when in Portland as you would anywhere. Don't draw unwanted attention by carrying excessive amounts of cash or wearing expensive jewelry. Avoid undesirable areas and stick with your group.

Prescription Medications in Portland

Be sure to bring with you to Portland any and all prescription medications. Pay close attention to airport security regulations for medications, your prescriptions must be contained in their original, clearly labeled containers. It's also a good idea to carry a list of your medications and wear a MedicAlert for any medical conditions.

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