Do I need to rent a car to visit Portland?
We strongly encourage guests that are only interested in visiting Portland to consider not renting a car because we have such a good public transportation system. It is easy to get to the hostel from the airport, bus and train stations. If you want to make day trips to Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, the Columbia Gorge, or the Oregon Coast you may want to go in with other hostellers and rent one for the day, because it can be difficult to get to those destinations by public transportation. One option may be Zipcar, an hourly car rental service that has been gaining popularity. Another option to seeing sights outside of the city is EcoTours, a local tour company that offers Hawthorne Hostel guests discounts on sightseeing trips to Columbia Gorge/Mt. Hood as well as other popular destinations.