Hi and thanks for reading.
I'm planning a Portland trip alone in early July. I'll be there for a couple of days, doing touristy things, but also just sort of hanging around neighborhoods. I do plan on renting a car one day and driving to the coast, possibly Astoria or Cannon Beach. The trip is mainly to check Portland out for my next move. Nothing serious yet, but I want to see if I like the town.
Since I'd rather not have a car the entire time, I've been trying to cross-reference hotel addresses with MAX station locations and have come up with a few (emphasize "few") options. Downtown hotels are very pricey, and I've thought about just staying near the airport and using the shuttle bus/MAX to get into town each day.
My question is, is this one of those cities, like San Diego, which has an extensive transit system, but you still need a car to get around in? Can I get by on just the light rail and a couple of buses?
Also, is there public transit to Vancouver? I've heard good things about its Downtown area, and would like to check it out.
Thanks in advance.