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What to see in Portland Oregon

Portland Oregon Attractions


Recently certified as America's greenest city, Portland is flush with beautiful parks and gardens which grow alongside a river. On its backdoor sits mountains, ocean seascapes, and arid desert, making it the ideal base for those looking to experience the state's great outdoors.

The most celebrated scenic areas in the region include the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Forest Park, Washington Park and Oneonta Gorge. There are also famous gardens, with favourites including the International Rose Test Garden, the Portland Japanese Garden, the Lan Su Chinese Garden, the Hoyt Arboretum, and the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.

The city is a flouring centre for the arts and boasts one of the best public transport systems in the country. There may be tourist passes available, providing more affordable entry to some of the city's most popular attractions.


Hoyt Arboretum

The Hoyt Arboretum is home to an outstanding collection of rare and exotic tree species. Located within Washington Park and about two miles west of downtown Portland, the 187-acre arboretum is nothing…

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International Rose Test Garden

The International Rose Test Garden is the foremost of the famous rose gardens of Portland, founded in 1917 during World War I. It began when hybridists sent roses from around the world to keep them…

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Lan Su Chinese Garden

Named the 'Garden of Awakening Orchids', this walled classic garden in Portland's Chinatown is a replica of traditional gardens found in Suzhou, Portland's sister city in China. It combines the elements…

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Museum of Science and Industry

Affectionately known as OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a feast of fun for young and old. It includes fascinating permanent exhibits dealing with maths, science and technology, and…

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Oregon Zoo

The award-winning Oregon Zoo is the oldest of its kind west of the Mississippi, founded in 1887. It covers 74 acres and is home to a vast variety of animals, including elephants, penguins, and polar…

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Pearl District

The trendiest neighbourhood in downtown Portland, the Pearl District is the place to see and be seen. The district was once a decaying industrial area, but today the old buildings have come alive with…

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