Attractions

Top Choice Park in Portland

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 Portland

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 Portland

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, animals and an avid hiking frat…
Gardens in Portland

Japanese Garden

Often called the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan, this tranquil escape consists of 5.5 acres of tumbling water, koi ponds, ornamental cherry trees, a ceremonial teahouse and a sand garden. The museum…
Gardens in Portland

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…
Museum in Portland

Oregon Historical Society

Along the tree-shaded South Park Blocks sits the state's primary history museum, which dedicates most of its space to the story of Oregon and the pioneers who made it. There are interesting sections on various immig…
Zoo in Portland

Oregon Zoo

In summer, ride the 'zoo train' from the International Rose Test Garden to this excellent and beautiful zoo. There's a primate house, a 'penguinarium' and a large African animals area, among many other impressive ex…
Museum in Portland

Portland Art Museum

Just across from the South Park Blocks, the art museum's excellent exhibits include Native American carvings, Asian and American art, and English silver. The museum also houses the Whitsell Auditorium, a first-rate …
Gardens in Portland

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

The large, beautiful grounds at this 5-acre garden near Reed College are covered with more than 2000 full-grown rhododendrons, azaleas and other plants, plus a large lagoon dotted with baby ducks in spring. Most of …
Historic Building in Portland

Pittock Mansion

This grand and beautiful 1914 mansion was built by pioneer-entrepreneur Henry Pittock, who revitalized the Oregonian newspaper. Guided tours are available, but it's worth visiting the (free) grounds simply to have a…