Portland Oregon Flights:
Flights to Portland Oregon
Not to be confused with Portland in Maine on the east coast of the USA, Portland is the largest city in the state of Oregon and the second largest in the whole Pacific Northwest area of the United States.
Portland has one of three major airports in Oregon, and the only one that handles international flights. The Portland International Airport (airport code: PDX), is about 14 kilometres (9 miles) north of the downtown core and transit options into the city include taxis and a light rail system. Most flights to Portland from Johannesburg have a single transfer, though British Midland and British Airways have 2-stop routes. The connection cities for the 1-stop flights to Portland vary between airlines. For example, United Airlines stops in Washington, South African Airways stops in Frankfort, and Delta Airlines makes its connection in Atlanta.
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The Tourist Attractions in Portland Oregon:
Although one of the largest cities in the region Portland is not actually a huge city and manages to retain a somewhat smaller city charm and appeal. Most visitors coming to this region of the USA are more likely to visit a city such as Seattle than Portland, though if you want a more relaxed pace, Portland is the better choice. Museums, parks and landmarks are the top attractions here.
Portland Rose Festival
Portland’s biggest annual event is the Portland Rose Festival which takes place in June each year. It features a beautiful Grand Floral Parade that’s attended by around 500,000 spectactors. There’s also a fairground and limitary ships dock alongside Waterfront Park and get the floral treatment also.
If you’re not visiting Portland in June you can still see the city’s association with roses by visiting the Portland International Rose Test Gardens.
Museums in Portland
A good assortment of museums exist in Portland. The Portland Museum of Art has the city’s largest art collection and features some excellent collections plus great touring exhibitions too.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is another of Portland’s top museums. All sorts of different sciences are touched on, and the hands-on exhibits are sure to keep any children in your party occupied! The submarine USS Blueback is housed here, and this was used in the film The Hunt For Red October.
Portland Parks and Gardens
Portland features some lovely parks and gardens of varying themes. There’s the Chinese Classical Garden which does have an entrance fee but is good all the same with its teahouse, pond, gardens and more. Keeping with the Asian theme, the Portland Japanese Garden is said to be one of the most authentic gardens of its kind outside of Japan. Others include the attractive Grotto Gardens, the colourful Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens, and the popular Laurelhurst Park.
Portland has several monuments and landmark buildings that you should try to see. The Portlandia sculpture is the second largest hammered copper statue in the US, after the Statue of Liberty. The classical styled sculpture is based on the city’s official seal and sits outside the striking Public Services Building.
The Mark O Hatfield Federal Courthouse is another landmark best known for its roof that holds a grove of trees, designed for sustainability purposes.
When Should You Visit?:
Warm, sunny and relatively dry summers are the norm for Portland, making June through September a pleasant time to visit. Winters are mild, though this is the time when most of Portland’s rain falls. Spring and autumn are drier and have mild temperatures so could also be a good time to visit.