Portland, Oregon’s largest city, sits on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Hood. It’s known for its parks, bridges and bicycle paths, as well as for its eco-friendliness and its microbreweries and coffeehouses. Iconic Washington Park encompasses sites from the formal Japanese Garden to Oregon Zoo and its railway. The city hosts thriving art, theater and music scenes.
Accommodation

Hilton Portland Executive Tower

921 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204

USA

  • A block of rooms at a preferred rate have been secured at our Conference Headquarters, the Hilton Portland Executive Tower Hotel.
  • Rates are $199 per night Single/Double
  • The deadline to reserve at the congress rate is August 15th or when the room block sells out

ONSITE SERVICES

Enjoy beautiful views, a sporting event or Happy Hour in one of two bars.

  • HopCity Tavern
  • HopCity Tavern Lounge
  • In-Room Dining
  • The Market

PARKING

For those of you driving to Flux, the host hotel, Hilton Portland Downtown, offers valet parking only at a rate of $45 per day. The parking is secure and covered and In/Out privileges are offered. For a list of parking garages close to the Hilton Hotel visit this website.

Childcare Services (recommended by Travel Portland):

Big Time Kid Care (will station on-site)

Stephanie Michael
Stephanie@bigtimekidcare.com
(360) 536-2467

WeVillage Flexible Childcare: The Pearl (drop-in)

1024 N.W. Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97209-2904
Phone: 503.935.5590

WeVillage is a safe, fun and happy place away from home. So, whether your children spend an hour a month with us or 25 hours a week, they will leave with some new tidbit of knowledge that bolsters what they are learning in school or home. Of course, they’ll leave with a big ‘ol smile too.

Transportation

Getting Here

From The Airport

-Take I-205 SOUTH and exit onto I-84 WEST.

-At the end of I-84 West you will reach a junction of I-5 North and South.

-Go SOUTH toward Salem (to your left).

-Immediately follow the City Center signs, which will take you across the Morrison Bridge.

-Head STRAIGHT through the traffic light near the end of the bridge onto SW Washington St.

-Take Washington 1 block and then turn LEFT onto 3rd Avenue.

-Take 3rd Avenue 4 blocks and then turn RIGHT onto SW Taylor St.

-Take Taylor 3 blocks and our front doors for the Executive Tower will be on your right-hand side.

** To arrive at the MAIN building, continue on SW Taylor 1 block and turn LEFT onto SW Broadway, LEFT on Salmon Street, LEFT on SW 6th Avenue, our Main building front doors are on left hand side of 6th Avenue.

 From the North (Seattle) Southbound on I-5

-Take exit 300B off of I-5 Southbound.

-After exiting, follow the City Center signs which will take you across the Morrison Bridge.

-Head STRAIGHT through the traffic light near the end of the bridge onto SW Washington St. –

Take Washington 1 block and then turn LEFT onto 3rd Avenue. –

Take 3rd Avenue 4 blocks and then turn RIGHT onto SW Taylor St. –

Take Taylor 3 blocks and our front doors for the Executive Tower will be on your right-hand side.

** To arrive at the MAIN building, continue on SW Taylor 1 block and turn LEFT onto SW Broadway, LEFT on Salmon Street, LEFT on SW 6th Avenue, our Main building front doors are on left hand side of the 6th Avenue.

Getting Around

MaxLine

MAX Lines

MAX has five lines, all of which run through downtown:

MAX trains run about every 15 minutes most of the day, every day. Service is less frequent in the early morning, midday and evening.

Find out how to ride the MAX here

MaxLine

Portland Streetcar

In 2001, Portland built the nation’s first modern-day streetcar: the sleek and modern Portland Streetcar. The original line, now known as the NS line, travels through downtown from Portland State University to the Nob Hill neighborhood via the popular shopping and dining area of the Pearl District.

Two lines, the A Loop and the B Loop, were also recently opened and provide service across the city’s newest bridge, Tilikum Crossing. The A Loop runs clockwise and connects the east and west sides of the city through the Pearl District, Broadway Bridge, Lloyd DistrictOMSI, Tilikum Crossing and Portland State University. The B Loop passes through the same locations, but moves counter-clockwise.

For fares and schedule click here

Portland By Bike

Bike RiderWhat gives Portland the right to claim the handle of Bike City, USA?

Well, it could be the 315 miles of bikeways, or the nation’s highest percentage of bike commuters (7%), or the city’s preponderance of bike-themed events.

Find out more about Portland’s bike share program here

Things to See & Do

Portland Japanese Garden

611 S.W. Kingston Ave
SW Portland

Proclaimed the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden is a 5.5-acre haven of tranquil beauty nestled in the scenic west hills of Portland. The garden is composed of five distinct garden styles – the flat garden, the strolling garden pond, the tea garden, the natural garden, and the sand and stone garden.

WEBSITE

OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)

Open daily; admission charged.
1945 S.E. Water Ave.
Central Eastside

One of the nation’s leading science museums, OMSI is 219,000 square feet of brain-powered fun. Five enormous halls bring science to life with hundreds of interactive exhibits and displays. You can experience an earthquake, take part in live lab demonstrations, see a movie in The Empirical (a 4 story giant screen theater), explore the universe in a world-class planetarium and even tour a real submarine. Located on the east bank of the Willamette River along the scenic Eastbank Esplanade.

WEBSITE

Freakybuttrue Peculiarium

2234 N.W. Thurman St.
NW Portland

An offbeat emporium that houses displays of Bigfoot and other paranormal denizens of the Northwest and beyond.  Nearly everything is for sale, from the sculptures and artwork to scoops of ice cream in the snack shop.

WEBSITE

Powell’s City of Books

Open 9 a.m.-11 p.m., 365 days a year.
1005 W. Burnside
Pearl District

From humble storefront beginnings in 1971, Powell’s has grown into a Portland landmark and one of the world’s great bookstores. Covering an entire city block, Powell’s City of Books contains more than 1.5 million books in 3,500 different sections. Get a cup of joe at the in-store coffee shop (where you’re welcome to peruse up to three books), take a ride on the three-door elevator (one of only a handful in the country!), grab a map to navigate the nine color-coded rooms, and lose yourself in the largest used and new bookstore on Earth.

WEBSITE

Places To Eat

Food Trucks

Portland has a proliferation of Food Carts and they seem to be growing in numbers and locations. Some might call them lunch wagons, taco trucks or even snack shacks, but whatever you call them, they are truly a phenomenon in Portland. Set up in parking lots, sidewalks, and even parks (sometimes in large groups and sometimes solo), one might nosh on a fresh tortilla Baja fish taco one day, a rib-sticking bowl of traditional goulash the next, have a coffee and pastry for an afternoon snack, and then take home a giant Indian combo box for dinner.

http://www.foodcartsportland.com/
http://www.foodcartsportland.com/maps/

Salt & Straw – Northwest

Salt & Straw spotlights fresh, local ingredients in hand crafted, small batch ice cream. To call cousins, Kim and Tyler Malek’s flavors “inventive” would be an understatement. Salt & Straw changes flavors every four weeks to tell a story of what’s happening in the local artisan, farm and chef communities. These collaborations often result in unique and unbelievably good flavors like Pear with Blue Cheese, Bone Marrow & Bourbon Smoked Cherries, or Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper. Salt & Straw has three shops in Portland – NE Alberta, NW 23rd and SE Division.

http://saltandstraw.com/

Voodoo Doughnuts

Known for its unusual doughnuts, eclectic decor, and iconic pink boxes featuring the company logo and illustrations of voodoo priests.

They even have vegan doughnuts!

http://www.voodoodoughnut.com/