Whether it's your 30 day grace period, or you have some vacation time, there are lots of ways to experience the United States during your au pair year in America. This series will give you a head start of things to do and things to see in some of the most popular cities in the U.S. Add Denver, Charleston, Austin, and more cities to your to-do list.
Known for the food, beautiful landscapes, and eccentricity, Portland, Oregon should be high on your travel bucket list. Embrace the funky vibes and grab your raincoat because Portland has plenty to show you during your visit. Discover why Portland is a city unlike any other and start planning your trip ASAP.
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To miss the rainiest season and thrive in the outdoors, head to Portland during the summer months. The best time to visit is from June to August with average temperatures in the 80s. It’s the perfect weather to go for a breathtaking hike, bike around the city, and enjoy the countless food trucks in the hip neighborhoods. Plus, the infamous roses will be in full bloom just for you. Make sure you plan accordingly, because many other tourists will be getting their fill of the Pacific Northwest in the summer time as well.
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Portland is home to several airports, but the most common is Portland International Airport (PDX). Take the MAX Light Rail on the red line and make your way to downtown Portland. Adult tickets only cost $2.50 and you’ll make it to your destination in under an hour. Once you’re settled downtown, rent your own bike for the weekend and enjoy America’s most bike-friendly city.