With number of stunning parks and gardens, art museums and landscapes, Portland is a magical place in the United States, attracting more and more visitors each year. When visiting the biggest city in Oregon, one should not miss the following sites.
This enormous park contains famous tourist attractions like the International Rose Test Garden, Portland’s Zoo and various museums. The best way to spend a day in Washington Park is to explore and enjoy all the gardens and wildlife there, along with the well known Hoyt Arboretum and Portland’s Children’s Museum.
International Rose Test Garden
The best time of the year to visit the International Rose Test Garden goes from Spring to early Autumn (May-September). Located inside the Washington Park, the Rose Test Garden is open daily and is free to all visitors. It is the oldest of its kind, filled with delightful and unique rose types, around 8,000 in total – this definitely makes it among the most recognisable landmark spots of Portland.
Portland Japanese Garden
Located in the hills right above Washington Park, this garden is one of the most important of its kind outside of the borders of Japan. This heaven on earth, with its tranquil beauty, is based on 5,5 acres in five separate gardens in different styles, enriched by an authentic Tea House.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
Opened in 2000 as a tribute to Chinese culture, blends all compositions of the Chinese environment, from plants, rocks, gardens, tea house, trees and even a lake on the land big as one city block. Based on the famous Suzhou Garden in China, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage, it features buildings walkways and a lake to achieve a sense of really being in China
Portland Art Museum
The oldest museum in the Northwest of the country, the Portland Art Museum includes historical interiors and a sculpture court, modern art and exhibitions and features an astounding collection of Native Americans’ art. Every Sunday there are various activities for the whole family, and there’s a free entry on the 4th Friday of every month.