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

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 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…
Landmark in Portland

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…
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…
Historic Site in Portland

Shanghai Tunnels

Downtown Portland's basements were once connected by tunnels running beneath the streets and down to riverside docks. While built for shipping and flood control, rumors persist they were also used to transport uncon…