The Ned Flanders Crossing in Portland in Ore.
Portland Bureau of Transportation

Portland continues to expand on its commitment to planet earth, with new infrastructure for bikers and walkers. The Earl Blumenauer Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge opens July 31 and will connect the Central Eastside and Lloyd neighborhoods; the new, earthquake-­resilient Ned Flanders Crossing pedestrian bridge (TheSimpsons creator Matt Groening was raised in Portland) connects the Northwest and Pearl districts; and Tilikum Crossing carries trains, buses, streetcars, cyclists, and pedestrians over the Willamette River.

A handful of new stays are joining the Rose City’s roster of well-known hotels, like the original Ace Hotel, which just refreshed its rooms and added more greenery. The Moxy Portland Downtown, which opened in February 2021, has a lively lobby bar with board games. And the new, dog-­friendly Hotel Grand Stark spoils its guests with brand-name amenities: Nespresso machines, Diptyque products, and SMEG refrigerators.

At the airport, PDX is undergoing major renovations and recently debuted a sensory room designed for travelers with anxiety and those on the autism spectrum.

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