Before: Portland, Oregon
We recommend spending a few days in the vibrant, bustling city of Portland, Oregon. An excellent public transit system makes it easy to get around the City of Roses, so named because its climate is very conducive to growing rose bushes. Portlanders are widely known for their enthusiasm for local food, microbrews, coffee, art, and bikes. The Willamette River flows through downtown and constitutes the boundary between east and west sections; Burnside Street divides north and south; and the north section is defined by the river to the west and Williams Avenue to the east. Locals use these sections to give directions, so it's good to be familiar with the general idea! Farm-to-table restaurants, food carts, bike shops, fun and funky architecture, book stores (don't miss Powell's City of Books in the heart of downtown), parks, and museums are abundant in this quintessential city of the Pacific Northwest. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel.