Heading to Portland for an exciting West Coast excursion? This city is a top tourist attraction for both international and domestic travelers, though it can be an expensive one to visit. But there are plenty of affordable attractions that can make for a pleasurable experience for your whole family. Need a ride to get around? Dollar offers many Portland rental cars at affordable prices, perfect for getting you and your family around the city without breaking the bank. Save even more money with Portland discounts.
Take your Portland car rental to the Grotto
The Grotto is a must-see on any visitor's agenda, and it's also entirely free to the public. The Catholic sanctuary sits on 62 acres of land - an artscape crafted from nature. You'll come across gorgeous gardens and fir trees speckled across the grounds. Carved into the base of a massive cliff, you'll find a replica of the Michaelangelo's masterpiece, Pietà. Pay a small fee to ride the elevator to the bluff's highest point, where the stunning view shows you Mount St. Helens, the Cascade Mountain Range and the Columbia River Valley all at once.
Visit the Oregon Rail Heritage Center
Drive your Portland car rental over to Water Avenue to browse through the Oregon Rail Heritage Center. This city is has the highest concentration of functioning steam locomotives compared to any other city in the nation, and many can be found right in this building, including the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Railway 197 and the Southern Pacific 4449. Relive the past through interpretations, presentations and a guided tour. Explore the unique exhibits, like "All Aboard! Railroading and Portland's Black Community," which highlights the way the black community in the area was formed around the railroad industry.