When you’re contemplating your next travel destination, it’s easy to overlook a city’s public transportation options. Sure, you could take expensive taxis or rent a car if worse came to worse, but America isn’t the car-exclusive country it was just a few decades ago. These days, several cities throughout the country are improving their public transportation systems, and pedestrians everywhere stand to win as a result. If you’re flying into one of these awesome cities, consider giving public transit a go. You won’t be disappointed.
While it’s best known for its walking and biking friendly attitude, Portland also has one of the nation’s most efficient public transportation systems. In addition to all the amenities you’d hope for from a decently-sized city, Portland also offers the Free Rail Zone, a small section of downtown where tourists and commuters can hop on a light rail or streetcar and ride for free.