About 12 miles northeast of downtown, Portland International Airport is off Interstate 205. It usually takes a solid half-hour to drive between the airport and downtown Portland.
The floor plan layout for Portland airport’s terminal is in the shape of an H, except one leg, the B concourse, is shorter than the other three. Check-in counters and baggage claim for all airlines are on the cross bar of the H. Gates B3-B11 and C5-C23 are on the south concourses and gates D5-D15 and E2-E13 are on the north concourses.
Although it is the shortest of the four, the B concourse is the newest, opened in December 2021 replacing the former A and B concourses. The construction was a part of a $2 billion project to renovate and expand the PDX terminal to add 175,000 square-feet. The entire project is expected to be completed in 2025.
Construction has blocked off a large portion of the central terminal (the cross-bar of the ‘H’), including a walkway that connected the north concourses and the south concourses so it’s important for passengers to go through the correct TSA security checkpoint that corresponds with their gate. The D and E gates are the north concourses and the B and C gates are the south concourses.
Leaving the airport, ground transportation options are all within walking distance outside the exit from baggage claim. Cross the roadway to the first island for shuttles and buses, to the second island for app-based ride services, to the third island for taxis and beyond that are reserved car services. The rental cars facility is walking distance by following signs in baggage claim to the South Tunnel. Trimet Max/Light Rail is at the far south end of baggage claim. The Red Line departs PDX about every 15 minutes with a scheduled time to downtown Portland of 38 minutes.
Alaska Airlines flights arrive and depart PDX using the B and C gates on the south concourses. Passengers can make connections to other Alaska or American airlines flights without leaving the TSA secure area. However, due to temporary construction restrictions, passengers making connections to/from other airlines must exit the secure area and be re-screened by TSA. Alaska Airlines’ check-in counters are near the south end of the central terminal.
Portland prides itself on its eclectic appeal. It was one of the first cities in the U.S. to embrace the microbrewery phenomenon and now has more than 75 craft breweries in the metro area. The City of Roses and the area surrounding it is known for its scenic beauty. The city is also known for its eco-friendly urban planning.
Information for planning a visit is available at Travel Portland.
Verified by the Guinness Book of World Records, it’s a tiny urban park consisting of 452 square inches – 0.00007205784 of an acre, according to the City of Portland – located at SW Naito Parkway and Taylor Street. It originated in the mind of Dick Fagan who wrote a column in the Oregon Journal called Mill Ends (wood scraps left over in the milling process). Fagan’s office on the second floor overlooked the roadway and a hole in the median where there was supposed to be a light pole. In the column Fagan would often write about the happenings in the space he called “the only leprechaun colony west of Ireland,” headed by one Patrick O’Toole. Fagan had a dedication for the park on St. Patrick’s Day 1948 and it became a city park on St. Patrick’s Day 1976. The park underwent a “major renovation” completed in January 2022 when the city moved it six inches to the west to accommodate Naito Parkway improvements creating a permanent two-way bikeway and sidewalk. Learn more here.
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