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Photos: Flights to foot-friendly Portland often cheaper than Seattle

Looking north to Portland’s downtown district. On the right, the Willamette River. The sun catches a shadow of the tram which connects the hilltop campus of Oregon Health Sciences University(OHSU) and the waterfront.
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It was hard to make a decision at Portland’s Salt and Straw Ice Cream. On top: Honey Balsamic Strawberry with cracked pepper. Scoop #2: Sea salt ice cream with caramel!
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A longer shot of Herb’s food truck….
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One of TriMet’s “MAX” light rail trains approaches the station in northwest Portland.
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Scott McMurren

Smart Alaskan travelers know that fares from Anchorage to the Rose City have dipped below those to Seattle several times this year. That means Oregon’s largest city gets a turn at being the least-expensive gateway to the Lower 48. Portland is a great city. I grew up there, but things have changed quite a bit since I left 35 years ago.

One of the jewels in Portland’s crown is its mass transit system, TriMet. The “Red Line” train comes directly to the airport and gets you downtown in about 30 minutes. Between the trains, the buses and a few streetcars, visitors can get to any of the city’s landmark neighborhoods or attractions with ease. A day pass is $5. 

If you get hungry as you’re exploring Portland, you’ve come to the right place. There is an incredible variety of restaurants and food trucks scattered around the city.

READ MORE: Eat your way around The Rose City and savor its variety