Travelers flying from Portland International Airport (PDX) to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) for sightseeing or business opportunities, will experience a fairly drastic change of climate, as they go from the dampness of Portland to the dry warmth of Arizona. Phoenix offers a great deal of natural beauty, as well as cultural attractions such as the Arizona Science Center, which is full of interactive games and exhibits for people of all ages.
Phoenix, the capital of Arizona, is a sprawling metropolis best seen by car. A rental car, which can be picked up at the airport, will give you access to all of the area’s attractions, such as Chase Field, home of the Diamondbacks major league baseball team. Another destination worth driving to is the Desert Botanical Garden, which houses 50 acres of plants and exhibits. Tempe, Guadalupe and Paradise Valley are just a few of the Arizona cities that are a short drive from Phoenix.
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A direct flight from Portland to Phoenix takes just over two and a half hours. If you want to rent a car, you can take a shuttle to the car rental facility. If you want to explore other parts of the Southwest once you're behind the wheel, consider a visit to Tucson, which is just over 100 miles from Phoenix, or Las Vegas, 256 miles northwest via Highway 93.