Stretching for more than 8 miles on hillsides overlooking the Willamette River it is one of the country's largest urban forest reserves. Designed by the Olmsted Brothers in 1903, the park covers more than 5,100 acres and includes about 70 miles of recreational trails. Bring a Map!
The Portland Japanese Garden is a 5.5-acre traditional Japanese garden located in the northwest hills of the city. Highly regarded as one of the best traditional Japanese gardens outside of Japan thanks to climate similarities between Portland and Japan. Designed by renowned Japanese landscape architect Takuma Tono, the Portland Japanese Garden features a wide array of colorful trees and plants, pagodas, a tea garden, sand and stone gardens, and a number of cascading waterfalls.
Plus Kengo Kuma's new expansion is now open!
We're not called Rose City for nothing. Portland is known for it's impressive rose displays and they should be spectacular this time of year. Take a stroll thorugh Pennisula Park or International Rose Test Garden. They really are dreamy.
Portland Saturday Market
Open every Saturday and Sunday from March–December, Portland Saturday Market the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the United States. Combining the vibes of an arts show, a live street concert and an open-air bazaar.
Shops, Restaurants, Powell's bookstore. An easy Saturday morning activity.
Columbia River Gorge
Want to stay in the northwest a little longer? A drive through the columbia river gorge will not dissapoint. It's an easy 30 min drive east of portland thanks to our urban growth boundry! Go for a hike to one of its countless waterfalls or climb a little higher and take in the view. Follow it up with a well earned beer at one of the local Hood River breweries.
At 635 feet tall, Multnomah Falls is the centerpiece of the waterfall-rich Columbia River-Gorge. It's the second-highest continuously flowing waterfall in the United States, next to the 2,425 foot Yosemite Falls in California. It's only a 30 min drive outside of Portland, and easily accesible from Interstate 84. Feeling adventuraous? Pick one of the countless trails and explore the beautiful columbia river gorge.
Mt. Hood - Timberline Lodge
1.5 hr drive southeast of Portland. Famous for its exterior shots in "The Shinning" this 1930s ski lodge is a great introduction to Mt. Hood. Located 5,960 feet up on the mountain, on a clear day you can see for miles. In the summer you can easily find the Pacific Crest Trail and climb around as much or as little as you want. Then grab a drink and relax in the lodge.
St Helens Johnston Observatory
2 hr drive north of Portland and personally one of my favorite spots. Check out the blast zone from the 1980 eruption of Mt St. Helens.
Goonies fan? Cannon Beach is a great day trip. It's a 1.5 hr drive west through the cascade moutains.