Portland attractions

Top Choice Park in Downtown

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

This popular riverside park, which lines the west bank of the Willamette River, was finished in 1978 after four years of construction. It replaced an old freeway with 1.5 miles of paved sidewalks and grassy spaces, …
Top Choice Landmark in Downtown

Pioneer Courthouse Square

The heart of downtown Portland, this brick plaza is nicknamed 'Portland's living room' and is the most-visited public space in the city. When it isn't full of Hacky Sack players, sunbathers or office workers lunchin…
Park in West Hills

Washington Park

Tame and well-tended Washington Park contains several key attractions within its 400 acres of greenery. The International Rose Test Garden is the centerpiece of Portland's famous rose blooms; there are 400 types on …
Park in West Hills

Forest Park

Abutting the more manicured Washington Park to the south (to which it is linked by various trails) is the far wilder 5100-acre Forest Park, a temperate rainforest that harbors plants and animals and hosts an avid hi…
Gardens in West Hills

Japanese Garden

Often called the most authentic Japanese garden outside Japan, this tranquil escape has just completed a $30-million expansion under the guidance of renowned architect Kengo Kuma, adding three new buildings to the a…
Landmark in Downtown

Portland Building

This controversial 15-story building (1982) was designed by Michael Graves and catapulted the postmodern architect to celebrity status. But the blocky, pastel-colored edifice has never been popular with the people w…
Historic Building in West Hills

Pittock Mansion

This grand and beautiful 1914 mansion was built by pioneer-entrepreneur Henry Pittock, who revitalized the Oregonian newspaper; his wife, Georgiana, also a pioneer, started the earliest of Portland's annual Rose Fes…
Gardens in West Hills

International Rose Test Garden

These gardens practically gave Portland its 'Rose City' nickname. They sprawl across 4.5 acres of manicured lawns, fountains and flowerbeds, and on a clear day you can catch peeks of downtown and Mt Hood. Over 500 r…
Park in Portland

South Park Blocks

The South Park Blocks, a 12-block-long greenway that runs through much of downtown, are a fine, leafy refuge from downtown's bustle, and host a farmers market and occasional art shows. They're home to the Oregon His…
Museum in Northwest

Center for Contemporary Art & Culture

Home to the 1,300-item collection of the former Museum of Contemporary Craft, this exhibition space at PNCA (Pacific Northwest College of Art) presents several intriguing exhibitions each year. The main focus is on …