Visitor Information

Are you a visiting team? Need hotel accomodations? It's all here

Host Teams

Please indicate on your registration form if you would like a host team (and if you have already made arrangements with a local team, let us know that as well).

Visiting teams will be contacted individually about host team arrangements in August.

Visiting Team Practices

Visiting teams are encouraged to schedule a free one-hour practice anytime on Friday, September 6th.
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Host Hotels

Residence Inn Portland Downtown/RiverPlace
All-suite hotel with discounted suites available. Just a short 1/2 mile walk along the waterfront to the festival venue. 
More information coming soon
University Place Hotel
King rooms or double/double rooms at $96 plus tax (16%). Breakfast included for up to two guests and parking is $13 overnight. 310 SW Lincoln St, Portland OR 97201. Call the Hotel at 503-221-0140 and ask for the Dragon Boat Block.
Call 503-221-0140
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
You can't get much more convenient than this--right across the street from the festival venue! Base rate is $199/night. Book by August 9th.
Booking Link
(Please note that the rate may reflect the hotel’s Destination Fee on the second page of booking. This fee is automatically waived at check-in for all group bookings.)

Other Options

If these hotels are don't work for you (or are completely booked), there are a lot of other options in and around Portland, especially in the Downtown area and Convention Center/Lloyd Center area (a short MAX ride away).

Overnight Parking

Valet parking is expensive! Marriott provided this handy summary of options:

Local Area Parking

Getting to and Around Portland

No need to spend big bucks on a town car when you arrive! MAX, Portland's light rail system, runs right from the airport to Downtown Portland and from the train and bus stations through Downtown.

A note for air travelers: Most airlines will make you check your paddles. A protective golf bag or other sports equipment bag may work for your paddle, with some extra bubble wrap. If you prefer not to travel with your paddle, there will be paddles at the race venue to borrow.

Getting Around Portland

Getting around Portland is lot easier when you know the city is divided into four "quadrants," with a North and now a South (rivers make things interesting) where the race is located.

The Willamette River divides Portland into east and west sides. North/south running streets are generally numbered, starting at the Willamette River and going up in number as you head east or west. Burnside Street divides Portland into north and south halves. East/west running streets in the NW quadrant are in alphabetic order with Burnside representing "B" on the southern end and Yeon representing "Y" on the northern end (Ankeny for "A" is in SW; there is no "Z"). The fifth non-quadrant is North Portland, which has less distinct boundaries, but is generally the peninsula between the Willamette and Columbia, west of I-5. The new South non-quadrant is the densly-populated area east of Naito Parkway to the Willamette River and most street addresses start with a "0." Street names are preceded with an N, NW, NE, or S, SE, SW corresponding with the "quadrant."

Bridges crossing the Willamette are also a reference point. From north to south, the bridges are: St. John's, Fremont (I-405), Broadway, Steel, Burnside, Morrison, Hawthorne (our finish line), Marquam (I-5, our start line), Tilikum Crossing, Ross Island and Sellwood.

The festival venue, host hotels and Downtown are all in S and SW; the airport is in NE. Nothing is really that far away from you, wherever you are in Portland.