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I am surprised to see that there is not a writeup for information on what to see and where to go around the Portland, Oregon (PDX) station. Wish I could help but since I am an east coast native I can't.

 

Anyway, I have two questions that hopefully can be answered. Is the Powell's bookstore walking distance from the PDX station? Also, is there a liquor store in nearby walking distance? I might have to replenish my stock on my next leg of my LD trip!

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Powell's is not within easy walking distance of PDX. But I believe the streetcars go near it. As far as liquor stores, I don't know of any off hand close by. (I visit PDX once or twice a year.) But in OR, liquor is sold in all sorts of stores (even gas station convenience stores). I also know there is a Safeway (food store) within about 1/2 mile of Union Station.

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Here's a little piece of the downtown Portland streetcar map:

 

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The main Powell's "City of Books" is on Burnside between 10th and 11th, which happens to be between the northbound and southbound streetcar lines (right where the "NS" and "CL" route markers are on this map). There's also a separate Powell's branch, which specializes in technical/transportation/engineering books, at 10th and Couch (next street north of Burnside -- the east-west streets in that part of Portland go in alphabetical order).

 

From my perspective, it is walkable from Union Station, but then, I'm (relatively) young.

 

As the_traveler noted, you can also walk from Union Station to MAX light rail (the thin green/yellow lines), take that a couple of stops, and walk along Burnside to Powell's; or you can walk from Union Station to the streetcar (the thick green/blue lines) and take that a couple of stops.

 

However, I saw in another thread that you're connecting from the Coast Starlight to the Empire Builder. I would not recommend trying to get to Powell's, either walking or by transit, during that layover.

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I'm old(er) fat, and out of shape and find Powell's easily walkable. Understandably. It is not so for many folks. I'd guess it's about a mile or so from Union Station. Can't help with liquor stores, however.

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Powell's is not within easy walking distance of PDX. But I believe the streetcars go near it. As far as liquor stores, I don't know of any off hand close by. (I visit PDX once or twice a year.) But in OR, liquor is sold in all sorts of stores (even gas station convenience stores). I also know there is a Safeway (food store) within about 1/2 mile of Union Station.

 

Beer and wine are widely available. However, "liquor" is only available at certain state-sanctioned establishments. The state agency that

licenses these stores has a handy website to find your liquor:

 

http://www.oregonliquorsearch.com/home.jsp

 

IIRC there is a store less than 3 blocks from Union Station in the Pearl District.

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I know I'm late to the party here but others may look at this thread. When it comes to hard liquor, buy it someplace other than Oregon! We have the fourth highest liquor taxes in the country. In addition - as fairviewroad noted above - it is sold in state run stores, with fixed prices, generally closed on Sundays, almost never open late at night, administered by a commission some of whose directors have problems with driving drunk. Prices? http://www.olcc.state.or.us/pdfs/monthly_alpha_price_list_c.pdf

 

I love my state but not the OLCC.

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When it comes to hard liquor, buy it someplace other than Oregon! We have the fourth highest liquor taxes in the country.

I can't be 100% certain because the price list didn't include bottle sizes, but assuming I was looking at the prices for the sizes I was thinking of, they looked reasonable to me -- especially if those are "out the door" prices due to the lack of sales tax. (I suspect that offsets the liquor taxes quite a bit.)

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When it comes to hard liquor, buy it someplace other than Oregon! We have the fourth highest liquor taxes in the country.

I can't be 100% certain because the price list didn't include bottle sizes, but assuming I was looking at the prices for the sizes I was thinking of, they looked reasonable to me -- especially if those are "out the door" prices due to the lack of sales tax. (I suspect that offsets the liquor taxes quite a bit.)

 

I'm in SNP so before goingback home on the CS I picked up a couple of bottles at Costco. You made me curious so I comparied the price between here and back home in Oregon: Makers Mark $42/$62, Crown Royal $39/$52. That includes 8% tax. Not quite the difference it used to be but still significant.

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