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Why fly to Portland?
If you want to happily sing in the rain you should head to Portland. The Oregon city is a little drizzly, but that certainly doesn't put a damper on Portland, which is the unofficial karaoke capital of the United States.
The city is located near the Columbia and Willamette rivers and is a thriving culture and arts center. Performance is a big part of Portland lifestyle where attending Broadway and off-Broadway productions a regular part of life in the city. The city is home to numerous theaters like the Stark Raving Theater and Portland Center Stage.
The city is also home to great museums and art galleries like the Portland Art Museum and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
The city also has a range of green spaces. Plan for an afternoon of hiking and biking in one of the city's most popular parks like Forest Park. Another great way to spend an afternoon is touring the city's Japanese Gardens, which is really quite beautifully manicured a provides a lovely space to relax.
Portland is a rainy city and experiences the wet stuff throughout the year, all though you may note that most residents don't feel the need to use umbrellas. The rain is generally a gentle drizzle. Temperatures in the city can get fairly high in the summer, hitting the low 30s. The winter is cool and temperatures from December through to February fall below the zero mark - especially in the evenings.
When to fly to Portland
The summer months are a popular time for the warm weather and fewer rain days which allow visitors to experience the Portland outdoors. Flight rates are generally high from June until the end of August.
The string of rainy days begin in October, which also means tourism starts to slow down and leave Portland to enjoy the rain. You will find some great deals on flights from October to November as well as January through to March. And since the rain is generally just a drizzle, all you will need is a cap or a hoodie for your trip (or you can do it like Portland residents do and just enjoy the rain and forget about the accessories.)
Getting into Portland
The Portland International Airport is located just 20 minutes northeast of the downtown core. There are several ways to get from the airport to the city center. You can take the airport shuttle or use a s taxi to get into town.
Getting around Portland
Many of the attractions you will want to checkout are located within a very walkable distance in the downtown core. Alternatively you can use the light rail service or the public buses. There is also streetcar service, but this isn't necessary utilitarian, just a fun way to ride around the boutique shopping art district.
- When you are booking your trip to Portland you may want to think about heading there in June when the city is all sunshine and roses. Portland is the City of Roses and June is when it celebrates the Rose Festival, complete with a parade and tons of events including, of course, the rose show.
- Make sure you book a weekend day to get up early and head out to the Portland Market. It's a great way to get familiar with local artisans and pick up original souvenirs.
- Take a river cruise to see a whole new side of Portland. You can float along the river well you breathe in the fresh clean Portland air.
- There is nothing as quaint as a proper English tea service and you can take part in the elegance in Portland. Head to the Portland Classical Chinese Garden for afternoon tea and then tour the gorgeous grounds.
- Go bird-watching at Sauvie Island. The island is located just north of the downtown and you can get across via the bridge. Take advantage of a sunny Portland afternoon and pack a picnic for an afternoon trip.
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