Oregon Transportation

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Oregon Transportation

  • Greyhound or Amtrak

    Portland Transportation

    Finished in 1896, and significantly remodeled between 1927 and 1930, Portland's Union Station has seen train traffic to and from the City of Roses peak at over 200 trains a day, drop down to a mediocre three per day in the 1980s, and slowly revive through the 1990s and 2000s, thanks to the state of Washington effort to develop the Cascades service....

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  • Portland International Airport

    Portland Transportation

    For those that haven't been to the Portland airport in a while, you should know that the airport has been improved a bit over the years. It wasn't that long ago the place was one of those horrid ugly utilitarian concrete octopus structures that was horribly unappealing. From the outside the structure is still the horrid unappealing nature that...

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  • Lightrail and Metro

    Portland Transportation

    TriMet (Tri-County Transportation District) operates the city bus services and light rail trains in the Portland area. The light rail trains (essentially modern tram to the rest of the world) are called MAX, and Portland Streetcar is a street running only version that is smaller in size and slower in speed. The primary MAX route runs east-west...

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  • Bicycle

    Portland Transportation

    You'll see bicycles everywhere in Portland. It's a very "green" way to get from Point A to Point B. To see a list of suggested places to rent bikes, click here.

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  • Car/Rental Car

    Portland Transportation

    Portland is one of two major metropolis in the Pacific Northwest and is serviced by train. Amtrak runs from Vancouver, BC in Western Canada to Los Angeles, CA. Portland's train station is of historical interest even if you are traveling by car and just want to have a look. Built in 1890, its original design would have made it the largest train...

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  • Walk..it's great!

    Portland Transportation

    One of the reasons why visitors don't need a car in Portland is that shortly after the city was founded, early developers decided that city blocks should only measure 200 x 200 ft. While some people enjoy saying that Portland's founders could foresee how "green" Portland would eventually become and therefore made plans to create a...

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  • Northwest POINT: Portland to Northwest...

    Communities on the Oregon Coast tend to be somewhat cut off from the rest of the state due to the major north-south transportation corridor (by road or rail) being located in the Willamette Valley - some 100 miles to the east of the coast itself.Years ago regular passenger train service and commercial bus routes to the area around Astoria and...

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  • Interstate 5 in Oregon

    [This tip is in progress, and has to do with Interstate 5 and things of interest along it.]Quite honestly in my opinion there isn't that much of interest right along side Interstate 5 in Oregon or Washington.From South to North:Ashland used to be a really interesting place, but my understanding is that it has mostly become a tourist trap since I...

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  • WESTPORT FERRY

    The “Wahkiakum” has been running across the main channel of the Columbia River between Puget Island and Westport, Oregon since 1962 making its ten minute crossing every hour. It is the last of many car ferries that used to run across the river between Oregon and Washington. The boat has a nine car capacity – get here early on weekends or you’ll...

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  • Getting away from the crowds

    For those who have eagerly awaited the magnificent insights I am sure I would have given as we traveled around the world, that trip was postponed. Some idiot who has the gall to call himself a cardiologist said I was not sleepy when I fell down but had had a massive heart attack. Idiot then said I should rest, blah blah. So after giving him all of...

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  • Empire Builder

    As a long time lover of trains, I often lament the decline of railroad travel in the US but during my Lewis & Clark reminiscence, I got to ride part of one of the last great railroad routes left in our vast country. I thought first about driving and then even thought about hitchhiking along the return path of the Lewis & Clark Expedition but...

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  • driving around Oregon is a joy

    The United States is no front runner in the world of mass transit and while Portland is one of the few cities in the country to buck that trend, getting around the state is not much better than elsewhere in the US. This is especially true if you want to visit scenic areas like National Parks. We were on a six month camping trip around the western...

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  • Ride the Astoria Trolley

    The Astoria Trolley is a good place to start or stop, whether you first arrive in Astoria, or you've been there all day. The Trolley is not only a good deal, but a great venue for you to learn about Astoria, where to go, where you might eat dinner, what to see and do. The Volunteer Conductors are very nice, will stop the Trolley just about...

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  • String Of Pearls

    January 2008It has often been said (by myself) that it is not possible to design an entirely utilitarian object without at the same time creating a work of art. "Jeweled clasps in a wonderful string of pearls" is how Oregon's master bridge builder, Conde B. McCullough, described some of his best efforts on Oregon's section of the Pacific Coast...

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  • Coast Highway 101

    January 2008There isn't any sun most of the time. Oregon has some of the best beaches in the world, but wind & water suck. Stay in the car. Enjoy the scenery.To paraphrase Mark Twain, "The coldest winter I ever experienced was a summer on the Oregon Coast." As a consequence, it is not my favorite place, and if the weather is good, traffic may be...

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  • I-5 is Borrrrrrring!!!!

    Janurary 2008Interstate 5 will put you to sleep in a trice. Take the old route, US 99, whenever possible for a more realistic appreciation of countryside & cityscape, and you will be more apt to meet real people, not cardboard cutouts common to the tourist trade everywhere. Oregon, unlike Washington or California, is entitled to two 99's. Heading...

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  • Hire a car to roadtrip through Oregon.

    I hired a small Toyota sedan in Seattle from Hertz. I actually booked my car from home, through my travel agent. Home is New Zealand and the cost of the rental was considerably cheaper than if I had hired it over the internet directly with Hertz in the US!Driving on the other side of the road can be a bit odd at first (if you're from the...

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  • Plan Of Searching For Parking

    The parking is horrible. I had to drive for upwards of 15+ minutes to find parking that was still blocks away from where I needed to be.As you can see, some people didn't care about no parking zones. I saw a lady who had been at Nordstrom's grab off her parking ticket and just stuff it in her bag like she planned it.

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  • Planes, trains,...

    Planes, trains, automobiles......Rent a car or take the bus. Most cities in Oregon are spread out so a car is a must if you do not like taking the bus.

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  • Biking, biking, biking...

    Portland has some nice places to ride bike. There is a loop around the waterfront area that goes on both sides of the river. If you like mountain biking thre are trails around Forest Park in the NW hills area.

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  • MAX Light Rail

    The Max is a convient way to get around the portland area if you don't have a car. The lines have a limited area, so it will only help if you are traveling around a certain core area of portland. It also will take you to and from the airport.

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  • SEA KAYAK

    Rivers, creeks lakes and oceans all invite exploration. Sea kayaks are a wonderful way in which to explore, whether it is the rock gardens found along the Oregon Coast, the wide estuaries and grassy islands of the Lower Columbia or the lakes of the High Cascades. There are several places where you can rent sea kayaks from for those not bringing...

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  • 'ALL ABOOAARRD!!'

    Amtrak can get you to a few areas in Oregon - mainly in the Willamette Valley corridor between Eugen and Portland. It is a reasonable alternative between Portland - Seattle - Vancouver, BC, too. Spokane, in Washington state is a viable destination and California, to a certain degree. Further east and you need lots of time - air travel probably wins...

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  • Pacific Crest Trail

    There are several National Trails in the US which cover thousands of miles. The most famous is the Appalachian Trail in the Eastern US. Many start out each spring with the hope of walking its entire length. On the western side of the country, the Pacific Crest Trail mounts a challenge that is much more magnified. To do the entire length of this...

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  • Getting Around Oregon

    The two major interstate highway systems that go through Oregon is I-5 and I-84. I-5 connects Oregon with Seattle and California. I-84 connects Oregon with Salt Lake City and the I-80 interstate system. There are numerous US Highways that cross Oregon. The most notable one is US 101 which goes along the Pacific Coast. I highly recommend US 101 to...

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  • Pedal power

    Biking Oregon... Why not! You need... a pair of legs, and a bike! The coast is all made up for you to follow. The best is from North to South, and best time woulld be June to October. Make sure you bring warm clothes as mornings and nights are fresh and fog can be expected anytime.

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  • Ferry at Wheatland on the Willamette

    Along the Willamette River you can find three small car ferries that still cross the river. Of course, in earlier times, the river was the main way people travelled up and down the valley and there were many ferries that have since been replaced by bridges. The remaining three Willamette ferries are not always running which can be a bit incovenient...

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  • Follow the sun, You can drive...

    Follow the sun, You can drive here from anywere. The main freeway is I-5 running North and South, With I-84 running east. Larger airports in Portland and smaller ones else were.I like to drive but also take my bike around town to save fuel.

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  • Suvs and 4 wheel drive vehicles

    Getting around the "real" Oregon is done best in a vehicle that get you off road. The wilderness areas, and the coast are the best places to "feel" Oregon.

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  • Portland has a fantastic...

    Portland has a fantastic public train system, if somewhat limited to the lone east-west line (they were putting in a north south line to the airport when I left). Clean and safe. The trains do stop around 1 am, so be forewarned. You can buy all day fare or just limited. Whichever you do, BUY THAT TICKET! They don't play with that. It's a 2 or 300...

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  • MAX (light rail) and the new...

    MAX (light rail) and the new city Streetcars are a great way to get around Portland. Portland is also one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the country.

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  • We usually fly into the...

    We usually fly into the Portland airport. There's another airport you may want to fly into if you're staying more south--EUgene, but it's quite a small airport. You may be changing planes in Portland to get there. Sit on the left side of the plane (facing the front of the plane) for spectacular views of Mt. Hood when descending!Oregon is still...

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  • If you are driving around...

    If you are driving around Oregon, be aware that it is not legal for you to pump your own fuel at the gas stations. I attempted to do so anyway most of the time. None of the attendants ever really reprimanded me for it, although they did more often than not take over for me.

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  • Transport from the airport to...

    Transport from the airport to downtown. for $ 1.55 the suburban train will take you downtown. it is better to take the train to the main square downtown and then take a taxi to your destination.Taxi tends to be on the expensive side. My fare to an address in Beaverton was $40.

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  • In the usa the best way is to...

    In the usa the best way is to fly or travel by car. If you are coming from far away, I would fly and then rent a car. Oregon has *** for public transportatioon between cities, so the car is going to be best (and maybe cheeper if you have a companion).Oregon has *** for public transportatioon between cities, so the car is going to be best (and maybe...

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  • I-5 driving from Washington or...

    I-5 driving from Washington or California.Portland would be the main airport but you have connections to Salem, Eugene, Medford, Bend, Coos Bay.Amtrak has the Seattle-LA line and connections east to Spokane, Montana and out.Green Tortoise goes up and down Willamette Valley, cheap bus travel for those who like to commune together without seats,...

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  • Eugene has one airport which...

    Eugene has one airport which is priced, typically, at a price that might make it worth while to fly into Portland. I understand the train can be a great way to visit here as Amtrack has a stop in Eugene and Portland, of course.Drive or let some one drive for you which is even better.

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  • Oregon/Washington is a vast...

    Oregon/Washington is a vast territory, which makes a car requirement. If you want to go hiking or enjoy outdoors, you gotta have it. However, if you are just visiting Portland, public transportation system here is award-winning. You can take bus or street-car called MAX.

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