Visitors ranked Portland as number one in the nation for public transportation and pedestrian-friendliness, according to a Travel + Leisure survey. More about local accessibility.
Portland's MAX light rail system connects Portland International Airport (PDX), the Oregon Convention Center, and downtown Portland, making it easy to get where you need to go. More about public transportation.
Getting from the airport to the city center on MAX takes just 38 minutes and costs $2.50. PDX was named the best airport in the country for six consecutive years by Travel + Leisure readers. More about airport transportation.
There are about 60 UUA congregations and 10,000 UUs within a day's drive to Portland. Consider ridesharing to GA.
With lush farms, rivers, and the ocean all nearby, it's no surprise that Portland offers an unsurpassed food and drink scene. Local chefs make the most of bounty from nearby fertile farmland, often letting the haul from one of dozens of farmers' markets dictate their menus. Vintners produce world-renowned pinot noirs from the hillsides of the Willamette valley, while micro breweries craft award-winning beers with Oregon-grown hops. Portland (aka "Beervana") has over 75 craft breweries - more than any other city on the planet. More about dining.
Portland offers a vibrant but unpretentious cultural scene, including established opera, ballet, symphony, theater, and modern dance companies; art, music, and literary festivals; and popular cultural destinations sprinkled throughout the city. Lan Su Chinese Garden is an urban oasis of water, stone, and poetry, reflecting its authentic Suzhou craftsmanship. More from Travel Portland.
Portland is known for its commitment to sustainability. Residents' recycling and bike-commuting rates are among the highest in the nation. In 2004, the Oregon Convention Center became the first convention center in the world to earn LEED certification, and achieved Platinum LEED status in 2014. More about Sustainability at GA.
There are 12,120 minority-owned businesses in Portland. Multicultural events range from the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi, one of the nation's biggest Cinco de Mayo celebrations, and an annual celebration of the region's native tribes at Delta park Powwow and Encampment.
General Assembly Housing Reservation System
By using the General Assembly (GA) Housing Reservation System, attendees earn meeting space for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) at the hotels and the convention center. Additionally, the UUA is able to negotiate on behalf of our block of attendees for sustainability and accessibilities requirements. We are also able to assist attendees booking rooms within our block with housing issues they may encounter during General Assembly.
We are working to finalize contracts with our Portland, Oregon hotels, as well as exploring options for dormitory accommodations. The Portland Local Area Task Force will also be working to organize home hospitality through local UU congregations. More about housing.