Travel and Stay

PLEASE NOTE: This information is valid for our 2023 biennial conference; in 2021 our conference is virtual and taking place entirely online.

Portland possesses an international airport close to downtown with many direct flight connections and multiple public transportation options (see Portland is a culturally rich, vibrant and progressive city committed to sustainability and green initiatives. Nearby regions provide many opportunities for outdoor recreation, especially hiking.

The City of Portland

To learn more about Portland and attractions and activities in the city and region, see  These links are also a helpful starting point:

Portland 101

  • Flying to PDX – Travelers love PDX for its convenience, amenities and easy access to and from the city center and the Oregon Convention Center.
  • Getting Around – Learn how easy it is to travel by light rail, streetcar, bus, bike, foot or car.
  • Maps – Familiarize yourself with key city landmarks, neighborhood geography and specialized transportation maps.
  • Culture – Whether it’s arts, beer and food, cultural communities, events or nightlife, culture in Portland takes many forms.
  • Top sights in Portland – Portland’s fun and unexpected attractions range from gardens and museums to (tax-free) retailers of coffee, doughnuts and books.
  • Neighborhoods – It’s easy and fun to explore Portland’s neighborhoods filled with cultural offerings, local retailers, restaurants and tax-free shopping.

Campus Housing

ASLE is planning to book a block of rooms at Portland State University, which is an easy commute of 15-20 minutes via their efficient MAX light rail system. There are stops at the OCC and right near dorm buildings.

Hotels, Motels, Rentals

HOTEL information will be updated when available.


Airport Transport

Portland International Airport (PDX) is the closest airport to the OCC, located about 20 minutes away via car, or about 40-45 minutes via MAX light rail.

For transportation to your lodging, there are many options, including public transport, taxi, Uber or Lyft.
Airport Transportation Options

Around Town

Portland has a great network of buses, MAX light rail, and streetcars. See schedules and routes at the TriMet Web site.


The following links can help you to find out more about the area’s eating and entertainment options.

Inside the Oregon Convention Center

Near the Convention Center

Exploring the Region

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