Overview of Portland
Take advantage of the public transportation
Portland's public transportation system is the TriMet, which includes buses, Metropolitan Area Express light rail, Westside Express Service commuter rail and the Portland Streetcar. Buses can take you most places, especially between different types of transit services. The streetcar is owned by the city, but operates with TriMet to Northwest Portland, the Pearl District, Portland City Center and other areas around town. The light rail, called MAX, connects downtown with neighboring communities while the WES commuter train goes farther afield and runs less frequently.
But, if you're like much of the Portland population, most of the time you won't even need the transit system - you'll use your feet. Walking and biking are very common in the Northwestern Pacific city, and Portland has the infrastructure and community to back it up. TriMet transportation is so bike-friendly that it even offers bike racks on its transportation so as to help out the city's massive population of cycling enthusiasts. Portland also receives high marks on its walkability, with Downtown as one of the best neighborhoods for pedestrians and cyclists in the city. People who want to commute to work everyday on their bicycle from studio apartment rentals shouldn't have any trouble either, there are plenty of bike lanes throughout the city.
Whether you're biking to work or walking around on Saturday afternoon with your friends, you'll likely be in good company.
Explore the area
In addition to the great transportation options Downtown offers, there are also tons of things to do. Residents and visitors alike frequent the hundreds of restaurants, stores, markets, bars and even spas that the neighborhood has to offer. Portland also has some of the largest and most eclectic book stores in the world as well as many other cultural institutions like the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Mississippi Studios and the Aladdin Theater. Downtown also features green parks, the Pioneer Courthouse Square (frequently referred to as Portland's Living Room), waterfront properties and activities, and beautiful architecture from the late 1800s to early 1900s.
For people who want to live in Portland, studio apartments in the Downtown area are a great choice. You won't need to worry about parking, when you travel on foot, bike, rail or bus to the variety of other fun neighborhoods nearby.