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|Average price||C$ 548||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||C$ 368||From Toronto to Portland|
It may be known as the City of Roses but visitors arriving on cheap flights to Portland will be hard-pressed to find any thorns as they explore this Pacific coast city. In addition to its lush green setting among the coastal mountains, Portland has developed a reputation for its gardens but also enjoys a thriving arts scene and vibrant nightlife scene.
Outdoors enthusiasts have the hiking trails of Forest Park at their disposal and will doubtless enjoy lengthy treks through the Japanese Garden. The local climate is so mild and the rainfall in so abundant a supply that the area has developed a reputation as a paradise for gardeners. Semi-tropical plants can thrive here alongside the 400 or so varieties of roses. An extra bonus is doubtless knowing that while much of North America continues to dig itself out of the latest snowstorm, Portland may very well already be enjoying the arrival of spring.
Fresh arrivals to Portland when it’s raining – not exactly an uncommon occurrence – shouldn’t be put off because there are many indoor things to do including art museums, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and exploring the enormous Powell’s bookstore. There are also several local theater companies, a symphony orchestra and opera company. Finally, perhaps it also makes sense to spend an evening or two in one of Portland’s many microbreweries and brewpubs – the sheer number of these to choose from has resulted in a new nickname for Portland: “Munich on the Willamette”.
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Portland has the mild rainy climate of the Pacific Northwest. It doesn’t get that much rain in centimetres, but it has a lot of days when it rains some. The rainy season is roughly October to May. Summer is the sunniest season; that’s when most people take cheap flights to Portland. It can be hot, with temperatures reaching 32 degrees Celsius. Whenever you go, be prepared for at least a little rain and also for cool evenings even in summer.
Portland is a considerably different place between May and October when the area gets a break from the more or less regular rain that falls here. Consequently, the majority of visitors to the city come during this time result in higher prices.
The local rainy season starts in October and lasts until May meaning that cheap flights to Portland will be considerably easier to find during this time. Provided that you do not mind a little rain you will not miss out on anything. If the weather is important, try to travel in the still off-peak periods of early May and late September.
It’s easy to walk around compact downtown Portland. There are plenty of small parks to rest at and sidewalks are wide. The public transit system is very good. TriMet has buses and light rail, the Metropolitan Area Express (MAX). If you’re travelling in the free rail zone, a 300-block area downtown, a ride won’t cost you a thing. The Portland Streetcar services the cultural district and great areas for shopping and restaurants. The free rates apply to the streetcar too. If you hop on one of the vintage streetcars that run on the weekends, you still won’t have to pay.