Set in the Willamette Valley, Portland is surrounded by pristine wilderness and dormant volcanos. For an insight into the history of this interesting city, check out the Oregon History Centre to learn about the area's past. Here you can also see the famous Portland Penny, which was used in the coin toss that ultimately determined the name of the city. Known as "The City of Roses", Portland has many parks and gardens, the most notable of which are Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, the Grotto Gardens and the Chinese Classical Garden. Portland is home to both the largest park in the United States, Forest Park, as well as the smallest park in the world, Mill Ends Park. Keep an eye out for the park, which is only 60cm across in size, found on South West Naito Parkway. Take advantage of the rapidly growing culinary scene in Portland, quickly rising on the list of American foodie towns. Portland chefs serve mostly farm to table cuisine, ensuring that your food is fresh, local and delicious.
Take a drive on the Historic Columbia River Highway, which heads west from the city following the Columbia River. On this ride, you'll enjoy spectacular views of forests and gorges. There are over 70 waterfalls on this stretch of river, many of which can be accessed along the highway. Savour scenic views of the surrounding area with a drive to the top of Mount Hood. For a nice day trip, cross the Columbia River into the neighbouring state of Washington, where you can visit Officers Row in Vancouver, Washington. Spend a day walking through the museum of beautifully restored southern homes and on to Pearson Airfield, the oldest continuous operating air field in America. If you're not too tired, keep heading down to the river- you'll pass the oldest apple tree in Washington State along the way.
Outside of Portland, there are many other locations to stop within easy driving distance. Head north to Seattle and Vancouver (Canada), or stay within the state to visit the city of Eugene and the Willamette Valley wine region.
Our car hire suppliers in Portland include Avis, Budget and Hertz.
Our supplier depots are conveniently located at the Portland International Airport. Additionally, we have depots at several locations near the city centre. Explore the interactive map in the search form to find which Portland depot is convenient for you to pick up your car hire.
As with many cities, parking in the city centre can be difficult. Meters and car parks are available throughout the city, though downtown is fairly small so it may be best to park once and walk. Many attractions will include car parks for a nominal fee.
If you're travelling outside of the city, you are likely to encounter toll roads. Tolls in the U.S. can vary greatly, from less than $1 to upwards of $10. If possible, research your route beforehand and carry cash. Change is usually available through tellers at toll booths. Occasionally, you will need coins in various denominations for unmanned booths.
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