This 24.5-mile (39.5 kilometer) trail leads you through the city. Starting at the World Forestry Center, the trail strings together some of Portland's best nature attractions, Hoyt Arboretum, the Audubon Society and Forest Park. The terrain depends on what portion of the trail you tackle, from the very hilly area of Washington Park to the more gradual ten northern-most miles of the trail. Maps are available at the trail head. For outdoor lovers, a hike along these trail comes most recommended, as you are sure to capture scenic vistas along with occasional encounters of exotic plants and birds.
An oasis of greenery in the scenic environs of Northwest Portland, this municipal park's topography is defined by the slopes and opaque old-growth forests that are sustained by the Tualatin Mountains. A large establishment as far as urban parks go, these protected lands are spread over 5,100 acres (2,064 hectares) that are dotted with relatively-even pathways and trails for hiking and bicycling, which make virtually every nook and corner of the park easily-accessible. A landscape of diverse and complex ecosystems, these forests are home to the hairy woodpecker, Pacific jumping mouse, orange-crowned warbler, northern pygmy-owl among many others. A paradise for plant lovers, the park grounds are bejeweled with exotic Hooker's fairy bells, evergreen violets and English ivy.
Henry Pittock, founder of Portland's Oregonian newspaper, built this spectacular mansion in 1914 and lived there until his death in 1919. This stately mansion was created in the style of a French Renaissance chateau and boasts three floors plus an incredible view of the city. The mansion is now a museum and showcases local history through artifacts and exhibits. Guests can tour the mansion and even book space for private functions.
Portland is called the "Rose City" for a reason. These public gardens were established in 1917 and set above the cityscape of Downtown Portland. They are the oldest official public rose gardens in the United States and the only place in North America that can officially issue recognized awards for hybrid roses grown around the world. The best time of the year for viewing is during the summer, when the fragrant blooms begin to appear and continue until frost.
Resembling a community garden you would find in Suzhou, Portland's sister city, Lan Su Chinese Garden is a beautiful green space near the bank of the Willamette River. The garden is complete with winding pathways, gorgeous plants, a lovely tea-house and a gift store. You can take a tour to get insider knowledge of the garden and try to come during one of their many interesting events, including exhibitions and lectures. This place is a must-visit for its unique beauty. You can even hire this garden for private events such as weddings and receptions.
The Oregon Zoo houses animals from all parts of the world. Spread over 64 acres of land, there's always something to see. Here one can observe animals in their natural habitats, including elephants, bears, penguins and monkeys. Hop aboard the train for a zoo tour or rent a special stroller wagon for the kids. After a busy day of animal watching, enjoy a waffle ice cream cone from the snack bar, dine at the on site cafe or enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn.
Tour the Oregon wine country with the experts. Tours start at your doorstep, and you can choose to visit any of five different wine communities in the Portland area, with meals that accent the wines and feature Oregon fare included with each tour. Visit wineries that are not usually open to the public and taste rare wines. Most tours are for groups of eight to 10 people, and prices vary by tour so be sure to check the website to create the ideal trip for you and your wine-loving friends.
Located on the campus of Clackamas Community College, this facility includes a native wetlands nursery, birds of prey display, hall of exhibitions, observatory and paths that wind along Newell Creek. This used to be a wasteland consisting of an abandoned industrial site and parking lots. Now, you can examine wildlife and consider solutions to environmental issues. The earth-friendly buildings are constructed mostly of recycled products. Bring the kids for an entertaining, educational day out.
Learn more about precious forests at this center owned and run by the World Forestry Center. Located about a half-hour out of the city on wooded Parrett Mountain, Magness Memorial Tree Farm offers many forest-related activities. Hike on any of three trails (including a wheelchair-accessible paved path), view demonstrations of woodland management, or climb the 60-foot fire tower. A great place to picnic, the facility also rents cabins and hosts a camp for kids.
This gallery has a wide range of art, including painting, etchings, jewelery, photography and more. Oil, pastel, watercolor and even glazes are used to interpret the spirit of the Northwest and beyond. The gallery even features work from local artists. Custom framing is also available.
Acquired by the city of Portland in 1941, this friendly park covers 4.25 acres. Mature Douglas fir trees provide the feeling of a secluded mountain forest. The Madison South neighborhood park has picnic tables and a playground where kids will love playing on the brightly colored equipment. You will see many folks playing Frisbee and exercising their canine friends. Pack a lunch, grab some friends and spend a lazy summer day here.
This antique stretch of highway draws visitors from around the world. The plush rainforests of the Columbia Gorge, combined with breathtaking views, provide some of the best natural entertainment in the country. Construction began in 1913 and was completed in 1922, but by the 1950s, the scenic route was becoming obsolete as a main thoroughfare. What is left of the highway has been renovated by the state and converted into a lovely trail linked with bridges and tunnels.