Largest city of the Oregon State of United States of America, Portland is considered as one of the most environmentally conscious city. And hence, if you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of overcrowded and overpopulated metropolitan cities, then visiting Portland can definitely be a good idea. There are plentiful of things to indulge in during your Portland trip. Also named as the City of Roses, Portland is a perfect place to pause and relax for a bit.
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4001 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
05:00 am - 10:00 pm
This is a massive urban public park, 410 acres in size, with more activities packed into its premises than some small towns have. There are over 15 kilometres of trails criss-crossing a prettily landscaped area of diverse trees and flowers, grassy amphitheatres, ponds, miniature waterfalls, gardens, stone stairs, public art, tennis courts and soccer fields and picnic areas. Frankly, the place looks magical.
Highlights of the park include:
The Oregon Zoo
The Washington Park Amphitheater, which is the location of many a public concert and the Washington Park Summer Festival
The Portland Japanese Garden
The International Rose Test Garden - Shakespearean and alpine garden with 7000 roses in 5000 varieties
Rose Garden Children's Park, with the the Elephant House picnic shelter is one of the greatest children’s playgrounds you’ll ever come across.
The World Forestry Center Discovery Museum
The 2004 Oregon Holocaust Memorial: a collection of scattered objects, stone benches, granite bars that represent the railroad tracks, all word containing the history of the Holocaust comma names of people who died in the camps and their surviving relatives in Oregon
The Washington Park station
Hoyt Arboretum - 10,000 plants covering 1,100 species
The 1987 Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial - adjacent to Hoyt Arboretum, this is an 8 acre landscaped bowl and amphitheatre, with year specific monument walls
The Portland Children's Museum
The Washington Park & Zoo Railway
Les AuCoin Plaza
Various monuments, including the Lewis and Clark Memorial Column, the Coming of the White Man statue, the Sacajawea and Jean-Baptiste statue, the Chiming Fountain, the Loyal B. Stearns Memorial Fountain, the Frank E. Beach Memorial Fountain and the Royal Rosarian statue
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Cascade Locks, OR 97014, United States
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is stretched over 292,500 acres connecting the Sandy River with the Deschutes. The river takes its course through Oregon and three Washington counties which contribute to the serene beauty of this Gorge. Volcanoes and floods effortlessly carved a brilliant path down the steep Rocky Mountains leaving behind the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge.
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area exhibits a picturesque view with sumptuous waterfalls that will leave you mesmerized. The unruffled scenic area is also ideal for hiking to get a better glimpse of the individual waterfalls.
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611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205, United States
10:00 am - 07:00 pm
The Portland Japanese Garden is actually made up of five different gardens namely; Flat Garden, Strolling Pond Garden, Tea Garden, Natural Garden and Sand and Stone Garden. Each of these gardens exhibit peace and tranquility while depicting the Japanese tradition and culture. The designers of the garden believe that the quality of stones used in the garden are the prime most element to create a well-designed garden. Hence everything that contributed in the making of this five in one garden was picked wisely. Each of these five gardens has something peculiar about them.
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400 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
07:30 am - 09:00 pm
With the fear of decimation, a responsible citizen had foreseen the threat of the European roses being subject to extinction during the bombing of the First World War. This very thought convinced the government ultimately giving birth to the International Rose Test Garden. In this sumptuous garden, you will get a chance to stroll amidst 10,000 blooming flowers belonging to about 500 different species. The park acts like an oasis amidst the bustle of city, thereby rejuvenating you and making you believe in the immortality of beauty.
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4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221, United States
09:30 am - 06:00 pm
Of course, if you are an animal lover you are bound to love this zoo. Moreover you would be delighted to see the wide variety of animal species in the Oregon zoo for sure. Packy, is undoubtedly the highlight of the zoo being the oldest male elephant alive in Oregon. Kids are bound to enjoy this place more.
Kids are more likely to enjoy the zoo as there is also a mini train that runs in the zoo premises, a couple of good eateries and snack bars.
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239 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209, United States
10:00 am - 07:00 pm
After the Japanese garden, the city of Portland is also home to a magnificent Chinese garden. At a short distance from the waterfront lies the beautiful Lan Su Chinese Garden which is the largest Suzhou style garden outside the country of China. The garden does complete justice in its attempt to reflect an authentic Chinese garden. The charm of the garden is credited to its lovely blooming flowers, varied and rare plant species, the elite tea house, stone, art, buildings, water, koi, dragonflies and the peace and tranquility emitted by the calm atmosphere in there. Unwind from the day’s chaos by indulging in a pleasant visit to the Lan Su Chinese Garden.
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3229 NW Pittock Dr, Portland, OR 97210, United States
11:00 am - 04:00 pm
The Pittock mansion is a beautiful architectural structure that was home to the pioneers of Portland. The Pittock Mansion reflects life how it was hundreds of years back from the perspective of the Portland pioneers. It’s a French Renaissance styled chateau whose interiors reflect the architectural style of Victorian Turkish and French forms. Trivia: The mansion has appeared in Hollywood movies like First Love, Unhinged, The Haunting of Sarah Hardy and many others. Take a peek into its quaint setting and design.
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1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214, United States
09:30 am - 09:30 pm
Age doesn’t matter at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry as the museum has something exciting for everyone who walks in. However, kids are bound to enjoy this place more. The museum is home to a planetarium, wide collection of travel exhibits, a giant-screen theater, a navy submarine and a lot more. The museum has its special way of inducing fun with learning by teaming up jug of beer or some fine wine with informative science talks. And after the alcohol acts as an appetizer, you can satisfy you hunger by grabbing a bite at the popular cafe in the museum. You dreamt of a session like this in school. Didn’t you? It is time to live it at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
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1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205, United States
10:00 am - 08:00 pm
Portland Art museum, also known as the Portland museum of art (PMA) is an old renowned museum with an extensive collection of contemporary art, remarkable holdings of Maine art, exhibitions, commendable American and European art work and a lot more. The museum exhibits an unparalleled display of antique arts that goes way beyond one's imagination. The art museum screens movies and hosts curator talks as well. A visit to the museum of art is sure to leave you entertained and amused.
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1200 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Created in 1898, this fascinating Museum should probably be your first stop in Oregon before you go visiting the rest of the state. it does a wonderful job of conveying the state's identity to you. There are over 85,000 artefacts here, the most famous of which includes the Portland Penny, which was used to decide the city's name; Captain Robert gray storage chest comma add 10000 year old sandal; presidential memorabilia; artefacts from the Lewis and Clark Centennial exposition; and even everyday items. The main exhibit is the Oregon my Oregon display which covers nearly the entirety of Oregon history from the earliest settlements the current times. The museum also functions as a historic research library and has an extensive historic photograph collection. Occasionally special temporary exhibits are also hosted. Information about these can be found on the Museum website.
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SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd & Stark St, Portland, OR 97214
12:01 am - 12:00 am
This 26.81 acre City Park has a basketball court, a soccer field, a tennis court, a volleyball coach, playgrounds for children, a horseshoe pit, lots of picnic sites, and pond known as Firwood Lake. It is an egregiously pretty place in any season, but especially in spring and in autumn. On most days it is definitely more popular with the local standards with tourists, unless you're visiting during the right weather. On the best of days it is a magical, Secret looking place and utterly tranquil. You mostly have to keep your dogs on a leash except for the area specifically dedicated to taking leashes off. Remember you're not supposed to feed to the ducks in the lake. This is the first city park to be listed on the national register of historic places.
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701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
The Pioneer courtyard square website for details on upcoming events! This 40000 square foot public space that is visited by over 10 million people every year is affectionately called Portland's living room. it is named for the Pioneer Courthouse, 1875 federal building that used to stand to the east of the square. Highlights of the square include:
An artistic monument to the north side
Outdoor chess tables
A fountain designed to look like a cascading waterfall
An Amphitheater in the center which is frequently used for performances
Seward Johnson's Allow Me sculpture, also referred to as Umbrella Man
The weather machine metal column which announces the next day's weather or other flashlight
The square is a location of hundreds of public events and festivals annually. the most popular of these is probably the Portland Farmers Market, which takes over the Pioneer Courthouse Square every Monday. All manner of produce is sold at this time, including vinegars, fruits and vegetables, nuts, juices, jams, ice cream, berries and cheese.
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SE Salmon Way, Portland, OR 97215
05:00 am - 11:59 pm
This Urban Park, located on an extinct volcano cone, is the very definition of an urban treasure. Shrouded with tall fir trees, paths winding and circling up to the top, criss-crossed with many further network of trails, and with plenty of amenities it is the absolute beloved of the locals. There is a picnic area, playground, restroom, and basketball court, a place to take your dogs off leash, tennis courts, volleyball court and even a wedding site. It is obviously very popular with hikers, joggers, cyclists and skateboarders. Obviously the views from the top are breath-taking. Occasionally concerts are held at the park. You will also find 3 water reservoirs that supply the city with the drinking water over here. Try coming in the morning or the evening to catch the sunrise or the sunset.
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700 N Rosa Parks Way, Portland, OR 97217
05:00 am - 11:59 pm
This is the only sunken rose garden in Portland, designed in French-style parterre, is over one hundred years old and was instrumental in defining the city’s official rose - the Mme. Caroline Testout. This was the original location of the rose shows before that event moved to Washington Park. It has 5,700 roses of 75 varieties. Also check out the garden’s fountain and the old music pavilion. Brickways take you around the formally planned garden. It is the most beautiful in the spring, but the liveliest in the summer, when concerts and weddings are held here by the dozens at the octagonal bandstand/gazebo.
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NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209
05:00 am - 11:59 pm
Stretching along the west bank of the Willamette River, this long and narrow park runs from the north to south. It is about 30 acres in size, and very popular for many recreational activities - jogging, walking, biking, skateboarding, and basketball. It’s a great place to people and boat watch too.
The main zones of the park can be divided into The Esplanade, the bowl, the Salmon Street Springs, the John Yeon building, and the central lawn. Keep an eye out for two monuments: the Battleship Oregon Memorial, with a 1976-2076 time capsule sealed at its base; the Police Memorial; Friendship Circle for sister city Sapporo, Japan; the Bill Naito Legacy Fountain; and the Founders Stone commemorating the men who flipped a coin to decide this city’s name.
The park is a popular venue for some important annual cultural festivals - the Rose Festival, the Waterfront Blues Festival, Oregon Brewers Festival, the Pride Festival and the Bite of Oregon festival. But the most important event is probably the Portland Saturday Market, the largest continuously operated arts and crafts market in the United States.