PDX Airport Guide

The Ultimate Guide to Portland International Airport

Homegrown food and primo shopping help make PDX the country’s best.

09/23/2019 Edited by Margaret Seiler

PDX Airport Guide: Waiting

Why Settle for the Airport’s Cell-Phone Waiting Area?

Kill time before picking up your pal with meatballs, golf balls, or a labyrinth walk.

09/23/2019 By Margaret Seiler

PDX Airport Guide: Wellness

How to Vacation Before Your Vacation at PDX

Believe it or not, the airport is a great place to relax. Start at the Hollywood Theatre, wrap at the wine bar.

09/23/2019 By Margaret Seiler

PDX Airport Guide: Music

PDX’s Airport Music Program Brings Buskers Inside

The volunteer musicians can’t be so loud they drown out boarding announcements.

09/23/2019 By Shannon Henderson

PDX Airport Guide: Profile

Meet the Father-Daughter Duo Who Keep the Shoes Gleaming at PDX

Lowell and Helene Jackson have freshened up a lot of feet.

09/23/2019 By Kiva Hanson

PDX Airport Guide: The Others

PDX Isn’t the Only Airport in Town

From Troutdale to Aurora, meet a few of the other runways serving our skies.

09/23/2019 By Rich Reece

PDX Airport Guide: History

The Life and Death of Swan Island Airport

Portland flights once landed in the middle of the river two miles from downtown.

09/23/2019 By Stephanie Gehring

PDX Airport Guide: Retail

You Can Do All Your Holiday Shopping at the Airport

Check every name off that list with Powell’s, Columbia, Tender Loving Empire, the Kenny & Zuke’s cold case, and more.

09/23/2019 By Margaret Seiler

PDX Airport Guide: Food

What to Eat Before Your Flight Out of Portland

PDX proves airport food doesn’t have to suck.

09/23/2019 By Benjamin Tepler, Shannon Henderson, and Margaret Seiler

PDX Airport Guide: Profile

Meet the Hillsboro Worker Who Commutes from Idaho

And you thought your slog to work was long.

09/23/2019 By Margaret Seiler

Trophy Case

Four Must-Have Local Items For Your Flight Outta Town

From toothpaste to deodorant to the Dopp kit to stash it all

09/23/2019 By Jackson Main and Eden Dawn

Editor's Note

The World Is Filled With Awful Airports. Let's Be Thankful for Portland's!

In Portland, a plane ticket grants anyone admission to what’s essentially a really cool, meticulously curated, hyperlocal mall—a giddy survey of what makes this place unique.

09/23/2019 By Margaret Seiler

Outdoors

A New Swimmable, Loungeable Beach Is Open Under the Hawthorne Bridge

The Human Access Project's Audrey McCall Beach offers lifeguard-protected swimming on the east side.

07/23/2019 By Brendan Nagle

Direct Flight

Chicago’s North Loop Is a Paradise of Arty Parks and Dipped Beef

Casual eats, meet cultural treats.

06/25/2019 By Ryan Ashby

Development

Downtown Portland Is Getting the Northwest's First Ritz-Carlton Hotel

The 35-story tower replacing the SW 10th and Alder food cart pod will soon house a luxury hotel.

06/20/2019 By Marty Patail

Cars

A Rally of Gas-Guzzling Junkers Is Cleaning Up Oregon’s Backcountry

The now-global Gambler 500 road race is cheap, weird, and totally from here.

05/28/2019 By Marty Patail

Airport News

PDX Might Nab a Coveted Flight Route Direct to Tokyo's Haneda Airport

That would mean no more long commutes from Narita Airport come summer 2020—just in time for the Tokyo Olympics.

05/24/2019 By Brendan Nagle

Hotel News

A Trio of Portlanders Are Transforming a 112-Year-Old Whidbey Island Lodge

The Captain Whidbey is a beloved Puget Sound institution. Its new Portland owners hope to draw both locals and "digital nomads."

04/25/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Direct Flight

Need a Sunshine Getaway, Kids in Tow? Consider Phoenix.

Butterfly wonderland is just a couple hours away.

04/23/2019 By Kelly Clarke