Transportation, Hotel and Area

The December 2018 meeting will be held at the Hilton Vancouver Washington in Vancouver, WA, which is part of the Portland, Oregon metro area. Located across the Columbia River and just eight miles from downtown Portland, Vancouver is conveniently located only 12 miles from the Portland International Airport (PDX). The downtown Vancouver, WA location of the host hotel is convenient to a variety of restaurants and brewpubs within a short walk.

The region is known for mild winters, a wide range of outdoor activities, the food "scene" (craft beer, food trucks, coffee roasters, and much more), Oregon tax-free shopping (making this a great place to finish up your holiday shopping during your down-time!), and having the best airport in the U.S., plus convenient and affordable public transportation around the region.

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Transportation (Getting to Vancouver, WA / Portland, OR metro area)

Hotel Info and Reservation Links

Vancouver, WA / Portland, OR Area Info


The Portland International Airport (PDX) is served by 13 domestic airlines and offers over 500 scheduled passenger arrivals and departures daily. Sixty U.S. cities offer nonstop flights to Portland. If you arrive at PDX early for your departing flight, Portland's airport is a pleasant place to spend that time; in addition to free Wi-Fi, there's a movie theater within the terminal, local food vendors, and tax free shopping with no markups.

The Hilton Vancouver Washington does not offer airport shuttle service. Taxis, Uber, Lyft, and rental cars are all easy ground transportation options between PDX and the hotel in Vancouver, WA. The estimated fare for one person between the airport and the hotel via Lyft and Uber is approximately $25-30. One way cab fare is approximately $40. There are also a handful of companies providing door-to-door shuttle service between PDX and Vancouver. The approximate cost is $40-45 each way. For more information about all ground transportation options, visit the Ground Transportation page of the PDX website.

For those driving personal vehicles or renting a car, self-parking for JANNAF overnight guests at the hotel is specially discounted at just $6 per night in the hotel’s garage (regularly $18) and includes in/out privileges (guest room key required). For those not staying at the hotel, a Parking Map (pdf) has been provided. The closest garage for anyone not staying at the Hilton is the Park-N-Go (see the parking map for address); an hourly rate will be charged, up to the daily maximum of $12.50. Parking rates are subject to change.


The Hilton Vancouver Washington, located at 301 West 6th Street, Vancouver, WA 98660, is the official location of the JANNAF December meeting. As of Wednesday, 31 October, the JANNAF discounted room block MAY be sold out on some nights of the meeting. However, as long as rooms are available (by way of reservation cancellations, for instance), until the official reservation cutoff date of Monday, 26 November, you MAY still be able to make a reservation at the JANNAF rate.

If you are initially unable to reserve a room at the Hilton for the length of your stay, we recommend trying again on a regular basis. In the meantime, there are other hotels in Vancouver that may have rooms available at similar rates.

Please see below for all hotel information, including the link to the JANNAF room block at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.

For more detailed / complete information about reservations at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, GO HERE.

The discounted room rate of $109 per night (single or double occupancy) has been negotiated for all JANNAF attendees as long as rooms are available. This rate is $41 below the government per diem rate for the Portland metro area!! To obtain this special discounted rate, be sure to reserve your room by clicking on the reservation button provided below. To make your hotel reservation ONLINE directly in the JANNAF discounted room block, click on the button below:

Online reservations are recommended. However, to make your reservation at the Hilton Vancouver Washington by PHONE:
Call the hotel directly at (360) 993-4500 or Hilton Reservations Worldwide at 1-800-HILTON.
Be sure to provide the Group Code: NAS.

If you are unable to reserve a room for the length of your stay at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, the following Vancouver, WA hotels may have rooms available at a similar room rate. No special arrangements have been made for JANNAF attendees at any of the following hotels.

Comfort Inn and Suites
East 13th Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
5 minute drive / 14 minute walk to the Hilton
To make a reservation:
Call (360) 696-0411 OR Email

Homewood Suites by Hilton Vancouver / Portland
701 SE Columbia Shores Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661
6 minute drive / 30 minute walk to the Hilton
To make a reservation:
Call (360) 750-1100

The Heathman Lodge
7801 NE GReenwood Drive, Vancouver, WA 98662
14 minute drive to the Hilton
To make a reservation: OR (888) 475-3100


  • Each individual is responsible for his/her own reservation. Transportation between any alternate accommodations and the Hilton Vancouver Washington is the responsibility of the attendee.
  • If you need to change or cancel your reservation, be sure to follow the guidelines provided with your reservation confirmation. These policies usually vary by hotel, including the date by which you need to cancel.
  • If you must check out of the hotel earlier than planned, most hotels require that you notify them no later than when you check-in to avoid paying an early departure fee.

More About the Vancouver, WA / Portland, OR Area

Vancouver, Washington is actually the first Vancouver, preceding Vancouver, British Columbia by 29 years. Vancouver, WA's rich history spans from the Lewis & Clark expedition in 1806, when Meriwether Lewis had the wisdom to characterize the area as "the only desired situation for settlement west of the Rocky Mountains."

Pearson Air Museum, known as the birthplace of West Coast aviation, is located just a 1/2 mile from the hotel, and Vancouver is one of only two Pacific Northwest cities with a US National Park Service Historic Site (Fort Vancouver) in its downtown core.

Last November, the New York Post named Vancouver the “hippest” city in the nation, faring well in the ratio of brewpubs to people. One of the city’s nicknames is “Brewcouver” with more than 30 breweries and tasting rooms in the area. Vancouver was also ranked the Northwest’s top value town by Sunset Magazine last year.

Directly across the street from the hotel is the Esther Short Park. It serves as the centerpiece to downtown Vancouver and is the oldest public park in the Northwest. The bell tower includes a glockenspiel diorama that regularly emerges a few times a day to tell the story of the Chinook Indians.

The Pacific Northwest is known for being a center of innovation, for fantastic scenery and outdoor activities, creative cuisine produced from locally grown ingredients, locally produced wines and craft beer, and so much more. When sessions and meetings have ended for the day, take advantage of the opportunity to explore all that the region has to offer.

When technical sessions and meetings are done for the day, it's a perfect time to explore what Vancouver has to offer, or to pop over to Portland (just 8 miles away) to check out what that city has to offer. If you love books or someone on your holiday gift list is a bookworm, a visit to Powell's City of Books (the world's largest independent bookstore--an entire city block), is a must during your time in the area. If your schedule permits, extend your stay an extra day or two to experience the beauty of the surrounding area, such as skiing on Mount Hood, or visiting the Oregon Coast.

You may have heard that it rains a lot in the Pacific Northwest. It does rain, but less than you may think. Winters in the Vancouver, WA / Portland, OR metro area are mild. The average daytime temperature is in the mid-40s, so snow is rare unless you're in the higher elevations. But do come prepared with layers and a waterproof rain jacket.