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  • Address: 850 Southwest Rose Garden Way
  • Hours: Daily: 7:30am - 9pm

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International Rose Test Garden

The most popular landscape in Washington Park, the International Rose Test Garden was originally conceived as a means of capitalizing on Portland's nickname: "The City of Roses." This moniker was coined during the 1905 Lewis & Clark Exhibition, when city officials, eager for their young town to make a good impression on visitors, had many of Portland's streets planted with dozens of rosebushes.

Opened in 1917 during the height of World War I, the Rose Test Garden soon became a safe haven for European rose hybrids that would otherwise have been destroyed by battles and bombs. It's still a working test garden, with bulbs and cuttings sent here from around the world to be monitored for color, scent, disease resistance and more.

Now one of the largest rose gardens in America, the Test Garden has over 600 rose varieties and more than 9,500 bushes. Special features of the Garden include one of only six miniature rose test gardens in America; a Shakespeare Garden, where the rose varieties are named for characters in the Bard's plays and a natural amphitheater, which hosts plays and classical music concerts in warmer months. Roses bloom here from April through October, typically peaking in June.

Set on 4.5 multi-level acres facing downtown Portland, East Portland and the Willamette River, the International Rose Test Garden is an ideal place to get your city bearings from above, as well as catch a glimpse of the Cascades and Mt Hood. 

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Best of Portland Small-Group Sightseeing Tour

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Experience one of the Pacific Northwest’s most dynamic cultural hubs on this small-group Portland sightseeing tour. As you travel by luxury vehicle with your ...  Read more

Location: Portland, Oregon
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $75.00

Portland Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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See all of Portland’s top attractions on this hop-on hop-off trolley tour, a fun, easy way to sightsee. With your 1-day or 2-day pass, explore Portland aboard ...  Read more

Location: Portland, Oregon
Duration: Varies

From USD $32.00

Portland Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Trolley and Columbia River Gorge Tour

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See Portland’s best sights and the spectacular natural beauty of the nearby Columbia River Gorge with this combo tour. Use your 2-day hop-on hop-off ...  Read more

Location: Portland, Oregon
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $79.00

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