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.
Tours & Tickets
Experience one of the Pacific Northwest’s most dynamic cultural hubs on this small-group Portland sightseeing tour. As you travel by luxury Mercedes van with ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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
Duration: 2 days (approx.)