PDX airport layover planning|Portland Oregan

Portland Oregon (PDX) airport is a great stop over point for travelers enroute to Alaska or points west.  The airport itself is clean and friendly, with several restaurants and shops to pass the time.  One store is selling PDX gear, attesting to the following the airport has; the most bizarre, but also most tempting is the option to choose from shirts, socks and other items that say PDX and display the design of the airport carpet.

Just outside the airport are a number of reasonably priced hotels with free breakfast buffets and shuttle service.  This is not a bad option to break up long flights for families or other tourists who could enjoy a quick jaunt into the city to enjoy a nice dinner, a show or museums.

The metro stop is conveniently located right at the airport with inexpensive fares into the city center or other destinations.  We opted to take a quick 5 minute ride, getting off at Cascades, the second stop, for some shopping and lunch to pass a few hours.  The shopping area has about fifty stores including Best Buy, Verizon, Ross, Carhartt, Marshalls, Bath and Body Works, Staples, Sports Authority and more.

Dining options at Cascades include Buffalo Wild Wings, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, IHOP and Red Robin and a smattering of fast food and Asian choices.  A two hour metro pass can easily accommodate a quick excursion for just a few dollars.

Portland Airport has several daily non stop flights including Alaska, Hawaii, Seattle Boston, New York, DC, Tokyo and Amsterdam.  It might be just the stop to help east coast residents break up their far east travel.

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