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.
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.
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.
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.
Broadway Rose New Stage Auditorium is a home to the famed Broadway Rose Theater Company which has gained several awards in the field of performing arts. The auditorium is known for staging a plethora of events like musicals, cabarets and more and is a popular spot for entertainment among the locals and tourists alike. Even your little ones have their share of fun as the auditorium regularly hosts children's musicals. The venue features an inclined seat arrangement that promises optimal views of the stage from each seating and can accommodate up to 270 spectators. So, take some time off from your regular schedule and enjoy an entertaining evening with your loved ones at Broadway Rose New Stage Auditorium.
Joy Cinema and Pub is a charming vintage-style theater has several screens for your viewing pleasure and features the latest in movies. For a more enjoyable experience, you can sit back and relax with popcorn and a soda from the refreshment stand, while those above 21 can even grab a craft beer, wine or hard cider. Joy Cinema and Pub also has a grab-and-go menu that features cheap movie hall eats such as pizzas, nachos and their signature hot dog. This 400-seat theater features 3D movies as well, and rents out space for private screenings and presentations. Watch out for exciting discounts like One Dollar Mondays.
Constructed in 1880, the John Tigard House is regarded as one of the finest structures in town. The home is located in the Tigard region of Oregon. It depicts the Queen Anne style of architecture and the house functions as a museum. It is predominantly a one-and-a-half storied construction, with a few ethnic elements of the Carpenter Gothic style. It constitutes three bedrooms and the half story comprises of varied artifacts of the historic society. Tours for groups in different slots can be availed through an advance intimation.
Founded in the year 2011, Mask and Mirror is a one-of-a-kind community theater collective that prides itself on offering its guests a truly unique and immersive theater experience. The topics that the theater group covers is unusual yet fresh and generally leaves an everlasting impression on its viewers. Guests can also attend their play reading sessions if they wish to experience the action in all of its rawness.