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Area CodesThe Portland metro area has two area codes—503 and 971—and it is necessary to dial all 10 digits when making local calls.

DentistContact the Multnomah Dental Society (www.multnomahdental.org; tel. 503/513-5010) for a referral.

DoctorIf you need a physician referral while in Portland, contact Legacy Referral Services (www.legacyhealth.org; tel. 503/335-3500).

EmergenciesFor police, fire, or medical emergencies, phone tel. 911.

HospitalsTwo conveniently located area hospitals are Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, 1015 NW 22nd Ave. (www.legacyhealth.org; tel. 503/413-7711), and Providence Portland Medical Center, 4805 NE Glisan St. (www.providence.org; tel. 503/215-1111).

Newspapers & MagazinesPortland’s morning daily newspaper is The Oregonian. For arts and entertainment information and listings, consult the “A&E” section of the Friday Oregonian, or pick up a free copy of Willamette Week at sidewalk newspaper boxes.

PharmaciesConvenient to most downtown hotels, Central Drug, 538 SW Fourth Ave. (www.centraldrugportland.com; tel. 503/226-2222), is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm. Fred Meyer and Safeway grocery stores have pharmacy departments that are open 7 days a week.

SafetyPortland is still a relatively safe city. Take extra precautions, however, if you venture into the Chinatown and Old Town areas at night. Car break-ins and bike thefts are the most common crimes, so don’t leave anything valuable in your car, and keep a close eye on your bike.

SmokingSmoking indoors in public places is banned in Oregon.

TaxesPortland is a shopper’s paradise—there’s no sales tax. However, there’s a 12.5% tax on hotel rooms within the city and a 17% tax on car rentals (plus additional fees if you pick up your rental car at the airport, adding anywhere from 10–16%.)

Time ZonePortland is on Pacific time, 3 hours earlier the East Coast.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.