Do's and don'ts of getting around Portland, Oregon

Road trippers will find it a little bit weird to drive around Portland, Oregon. After all, it's an extremely walkable city with a great setup for mass transportation. You can practically take a TriMet pass and not have to worry about commuting all day. So my advice is to heed the call of your soles and instead of riding a car, explore the city (especially downtown) on foot instead. Remember:

  • Airport taxis usually cost $30 with 15% tip.
  • Do get gas before you get close to the Portland International Airport.
  • Don't be surprised that there are attendants who will pump gas for you.
  • Don't park downtown at all. 
  • Do bring a map.
Portland is rich in culture for such a small city so you will not run out of things to do. You can find all kinds of food carts and cafes virtually everywhere, especially in the heart of the city, the downtown area. Fancy a beer? You're in luck. People in Portland brew their beer like crazy.

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See also my Top 7 Getting Around Portland resources:
Getting around Portland, Oregon
Portland: Getting Around - TripAdvisor
Getting Around in Portland OR | Frommer's
Portland, OR Transportation | U.S. News Travel
Getting In, Getting Around Portland - HowStuffWorks
Visiting Portland soon, is it necessary to rent a car? | Portland | Yelp
Getting Around Portland - Car, Train, Bus & Taxi - VirtualTourist
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