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Car Rental at Portland International Airport

Portland International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in the state of Oregon. The airport provides both international flights as well as flights to most of America’s major airports and is the major hub for both Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. As a joint civilian and military airport, it also hosts the Oregon Air National Guard. Although located 12 miles northeast of downtown Portland, the airport is still within city limits, which makes getting a car rental at Portland International Airport a good choice if you want to get right into the heart of downtown before exploring the rest of the Pacific Northwest.

Oregon Beer Loop

With more than 50 breweries within the city limits, Portland has a well-deserved reputation as the ‘microbrewery capital of the world’ – you can get the best of local craft beers as well as night time entertainment at The Pearl, a few minutes’ away by car hire from Portland International Airport.

From here, you can follow the Oregon Beer Loop which roughly parallels the course of the Willamette River that runs through Portland and joins the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington, before it empties into the Pacific Ocean. The whole distance is about 100 miles and takes about two hours by car rental from Portland International Airport until you reach Astoria at the mouth of Columbia River.

Mount Hood

The largest city of Oregon is also known as the City of Roses given its abundance of rose gardens that are also horticultural laboratories. The International Rose Test Gardens, a comfortable drive by rental car at Portland International Airport, also afford great views of Mount Hood as well as downtown Portland. Orchids are also well-represented in Chinese gardens, as well as the minimalist Zen style of Japanese gardens.

Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is just a 30-minute drive east by rental cars from Portland International Airport. Native Americans carved a trail to trade at Celilo Falls 90 miles away. This same route was used by Lewis and Clark in 1805 to reach the Pacific.

Today, you can follow in their footsteps by driving your Portland International Airport car rental on the Columbia River Highway, a 75-mile scenic highway between Troutdale and The Dalles.

Willamette Valley Wine Route

An equally scenic trip in your Portland International Airport car hire is the 50-mile drive south to Willamette Valley, home of world-class Pinot Noirs. In its entirety, the wine route is about 200 miles long and winds through the Coast Range Mountains to the west and the Cascade Mountains to the east. The concentration of Oregon’s wineries can be found in Yamhill County, just an hour southwest by Portland International Airport car rental.

For those looking at driving further afield, from Portland Airport you can do one way car rentals to Seattle, San Francisco, Denver and even Vancouver BC in Canada.

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