The Lay of the Land

Where’s the convention center? How do delegates get from the airport to their hotels? Get the answers you need to see how Portland will work for your meeting.

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The map below provides a quick look at how Portland is laid out. Yes, there’s a river between the convention center and downtown. No, that’s not a problem.

Colorful "lay of the land" map of Portland.

MAX Makes It Easy

Portland’s MAX Light Rail system connects Portland International Airport (PDX), the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) and the downtown hotel core — making it easy for your delegates to get where they need to go.

What About That River?

Yes, the OCC is directly across the Willamette River from downtown Portland. Locals don’t see the river as a barrier; it’s just a slice of nature in the middle of the city — and it takes mere minutes to cross.

Near the Oregon Convention Center

Many of Portland’s favorite destinations and neighborhoods are within 12 minutes of the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) by foot, train (MAX Light Rail or Portland Streetcar) or car.

Where Will They Stay?

New Hotels in Portland

Portland’s central city hotel room inventory has grown by nearly 50% since 2016. Check out the hotel developments that are currently underway.

Resorts Near Portland

Portland is nestled between the Oregon Coast, snow-capped Mount Hood, verdant wine country and epic waterfalls, and each of these regions features resorts perfect for hosting your group.

Downtown Hotels

This detailed list of downtown Portland hotels is designed for visitors looking to stay right in the middle of the action.

Get More Answers

To learn more, visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Maps and Transit pages. And contact our team for the best service in the business.


Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to the most common questions we hear from planners.

Promotional Materials

These tools will help get your attendees excited about their trip to Portland.

Maps and Transit

Whether by light rail, streetcar, bike or ride-share — it’s easy for delegates to get around in Portland.