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Washington Park

Once a dense forest prowled by mountain lions, Washington Park has been Portland's most well-manicured green space since the early 1900s. Home to the city's immensely popular zoo, a pair of fun and educational museums and a series of spectacular gardens, this sprawling woodland is one of the city's most visited attractions. The park is open from dawn to dusk and admission is free, though some attractions within come with a fee.

Located in Southwest Portland, the park provides a convenient escape into nature. The Portland Japanese Garden meanders beneath vine-draped arbors and over curving bridges, past waterfalls, stone sculptures and five styles of garden design. The International Rose Test Garden, the most famous landscape in the park, was originally formed as a safe haven for European rose hybrids during World War I; these days, it's one of the largest rose gardens in America, with more than 9,500 bushes of over 600 rose varieties.

The Hoyt Arboretum contains acres of meadows and one of America's most varied collection of tree species, including conifers native to the Pacific Northwest. The World Forestry Center also focuses on trees, providing a dry, indoor raft ride through forest exhibits from four continents, as well as important messages about environmental sustainability.

The Portland Children's Museum, the sixth largest in the world, features a 12-foot waterfall, a room dedicated to clay sculpting and a two-story play home. Also a hit with little ones, the 64-acre Oregon Zoo is home to over 2,200 animals from North America, Asia and Africa; the zoo's beloved female elephant, Rose-Tu, is due to deliver a baby pachyderm by the end of 2012.

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Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 249 Reviews

On this full-day tour, you’ll see the best of the Portland area including downtown's Pioneer Square, the famous food carts, eclectic neighborhoods and the ...  Read more

Location: Portland, Oregon
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $105.00

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

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 $86.00

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 $34.00

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