What to see in Portland Oregon

Portland Oregon Attractions

Straddling a river, festooned with beautiful parks and gardens, and within close proximity to mountains, ocean and even desert, a holiday in Portland offers far more than a holiday in most urban environments. Recently certified as America's greenest city, Portland is also a flourishing centre for the arts, and boasts one of the best public transport systems in the country. Most travel writers agree, this is one of the country's most exciting cities to visit.

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

A variety of tourist passes are available in Portland, which provide entry to some of the city's most popular attractions and can prove good value for money: the Big Pass, the Downtown Pass and the Garden Pass are all useful options, with prices ranging between about $20 and $55. These passes are valid for about five days and can be purchased online.

Hoyt Arboretum

The Hoyt Arboretum, located within Washington Park and about two miles west of downtown Portland, is home to an outstanding…

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International Rose Test Garden

The foremost of Portland's famed rose gardens, the International Rose Test Garden was founded in 1917 during World War…

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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…

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Museum of Science and Industry

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, affectionately known as OMSI, is a feast of fun for young and old. It includes…

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Oregon Zoo

The award-winning Oregon Zoo is the oldest zoo west of the Mississippi, founded in 1887. It covers 64 acres and is home…

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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…

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