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International Rose Test Garden

Southwest Portland 96 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Established in 1917, the oldest public rose test garden in the nation offers a dazzling display of Portland's favorite flower — Michelin Guide

For some residents and visitors, this park is what Portland is about — Where

Sniff 500 varieties of roses that are being developed and evaluated for scent and color and can't be seen anywhere else in the world. — Travel + Leisure

These gardens practically gave Portland its 'Rose City' nickname. — Lonely Planet

Despite the name, these grounds are not an experimental greenhouse laboratory, but rather three terraced gardens, set on 4 acres, where 10,000 bushes and 400 varieties of roses grow. — Fodor's

Forest Park

Northwest District 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of the largest urban parks in North America, this forest is part of a 9,000-acre park system that forms a wildlife corridor to the Coast Range. — Frommer's

On a 1903 visit to Portland, landscape designer John Olmsted drew up a city park plan calling for "a succession of ravines and spurs covered with remarkably beautiful woods — Michelin Guide

At 5,000 acres, it's the country's largest urban wilderness. — Concierge

New Yorkers have Central Park, and Portlanders have Forest Park, a sprawling 5,100-acre wilderness that’s a short walk from the shops and restaurants of Northwest 23rd Street. — Condé Nast Traveler

Aptly named park. Great for picnics, sasquatch hunting. — Not For Tourists

Lan Su Chinese Garden

Downtown 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This 2000 addition to Portland's small international district is a highly stylized retreat whose high-walled courtyards, pools, walkways and meditation rooms are designed to mute the bustle outside. — Michelin Guide

Stroll through the Pearl District and Old Town Chinatown to reach Lan Su Chinese Garden, a pristinely preened Japanese garden built in 1999 by denizens of Portland’s sister city of Suzhou, China. — Condé Nast Traveler

Kind of like China! (Except without the smog and communism...). — Not For Tourists

A lovely place to regain some inner peace and admire the gorgeous gardens. — Afar Magazine

This classically styled Chinese garden takes up an entire city block and is the largest of its type outside of China. — Frommer's

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Northwest District 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This park used to be a highway. Portland traded up. — Not For Tourists

The park starts at the Broadway Bridge, stretches south for about 2 miles and then converts into a portion of the Greenway, a path continuing south to Willamette Park. — Where

Affords a fine ground-level view of downtown Portland's bridges and skyline. Once an expressway, it's now the site for many annual celebrations, among them the Rose Festival. — Fodor's

The grassy 23-acre park that now stretches for about 1.5mi along the Willamette River was once Portland's raucous river port. — Michelin Guide

This popular riverside park, which lines the west bank of the Willamette River... replaced an old freeway with 1.5 miles of paved sidewalks and grassy spaces. — Lonely Planet

Pioneer Courthouse Square

Downtown 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Food vendors, a flower stand, a Starbucks and public restrooms add to the charm of Pioneer Courthouse Square, and the city’s light-rail system runs on two sides of the square. — Where

In many ways the living room, public heart, and commercial soul of downtown, Pioneer Square is not entirely square, rather an amphitheater-like brick piazza. — Fodor's

The brick-paved square is an outdoor stage for everything from summer outdoor movies to food festivals to flower displays to concerts. — Frommer's

Portland's living room. Sit down a bit. Unless it's raining. — Not For Tourists

Spend any time in Pioneer Courthouse Square and you'll find that it's ground zero for the alternative lifestyle embraced by the city. — Travel + Leisure

Portland Japanese Garden

Southwest Portland 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

There's more to Japan than ninjas and sushi, you know. — Not For Tourists

Highly recommend the Japanese Gardens in Washington Park. — Afar Magazine

Considered the finest example of a Japanese garden in North America, this exquisitely manicured green space should not be missed. — Frommer's

Five gardens—Flat, Strolling Pond, Natural, Tea, and Sand & Stone—span 5.5 acres of this Japanese garden located near the Rose Gardens in Washington Park. — Travel + Leisure

One of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan occupies a 5.5-acre site directly above the rose gardens. — Michelin Guide

Oregon Zoo

Southwest Portland 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The state's most visited attraction, the Oregon Zoo is home to over 1,000 animals representing 200 species of birds, mammals reptiles and amphibians, including 54 that are threatened or endangered. — Michelin Guide

Located three miles southwest of downtown Portland, the 64-acre Oregon Zoo is the oldest zoo west of the Mississippi. — Travel + Leisure

You'll laugh. You'll cry. Beware a particularly randy sea otter. — Not For Tourists

This beautiful animal park in the West Hills is famous for its Asian elephants. Major exhibits include an African section with rhinos, hippos, zebras, and giraffes. — Fodor's

The Oregon Zoo is perhaps best known for its elephants and has the most successful breeding herd of elephants in captivity. — Frommer's

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Southeast Portland 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

OMSI is a hands-on museum where visitors, especially children, are encouraged to touch things, try experiments and question why things happen. — Where

Hundreds of hands-on exhibits draw families to this interactive science museum, which also has an Omnimax theater and the Northwest's largest planetarium. — Fodor's

For obvious reasons, the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry is a kid’s dream: planetarium, check, robots, check, giant digital globe, check. — goop

Located on the east bank of the Willamette River across from the south end of Waterfront Park, this modern science museum has six huge halls. — Frommer's

OMSI features an outstanding array of hands-on exhibits, an Omnimax Theater, a planetarium and a submarine. Allot extra time for a visit to the Omnimax theater, the planetarium and the submarine. — Michelin Guide

Portland Art Museum

Downtown 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Now one of the 25 largest museums in the United States, the Portland Art Museum has a collection of more than 32,000 works of art from American Indian artifacts to Monet’s Waterlilies. — Where

Just across the park, the art museum's excellent exhibits include Native American carvings, Asian and American art, and English silver. — Lonely Planet

The permanent collection includes a range of contemporary, Native American, and European art. — Concierge

This is the oldest art museum in the Northwest, and it has an excellent collection of modern and contemporary art. — Frommer's

The treasures at the Pacific Northwest's oldest arts facility span 35 centuries of Asian, European, and American art. — Fodor's

Pittock Mansion

Northwest District 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Henry Pittock, founder of the Oregonian, the city’s daily newspaper and the largest paper in the state, built himself a château 1,000 feet above the city — Where

Henry Pittock was a lumber baron, but he loved marble halls. — Not For Tourists

The largest and most opulent home in Portland perches on a 940ft crest in Imperial Heights, looking east over the city, the river and the major peaks of the Cascade Mountains. — Michelin Guide

Henry Pittock, the founder and publisher of the Oregonian newspaper, built this 22-room, castlelike mansion, which combines French Renaissance and Victorian styles. — Fodor's

This sandstone mansion was the home of two of Oregon's most important pioneers.  — Atlas Obscura

Washington Park

Southwest Portland 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Unlike Forest Park, most of Washington Park has been landscaped to serve as a setting for its acclaimed gardens, zoo and nature-related attractions. — Michelin Guide

Hoyt Arboretum showcases more than 1000 species of native and exotic trees and has 12 miles of walking trails. It's prettiest in the fall. — Lonely Planet

Portland is justly proud of its green spaces, and foremost among them is Washington Park. — Frommer's

Washington Park is set on 546 acres on the city’s West Hills, where it overlooks downtown Portland and east beyond into the mountains — Where

This park has enough sights and attractions that it’s easy to spend a full day here. If time is short, though, focus on the International Rose Garden. — Travel + Leisure

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Powell's City of Books

Pearl 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Non-negotiable for locals and visitors alike; you must go. — Not For Tourists

The largest independent bookstore in the world, with more than 1.5 million new and used books, this Portland landmark can easily consume several hours. — Fodor's

This is not really a bookstore at all; it’s a vast public amenity—almost a civic space. — Afar Magazine

One of the most popular attractions in Oregon is this retail pioneer — Michelin Guide

The preeminent venues for literary readings in the Portland area are arguably the three Powell’s bookstores. — Where

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Portland Saturday Market

Downtown 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

On Saturdays, the nation’s largest ongoing outdoor arts and crafts market unfolds. — Travel + Leisure

It lived up to its hype! I spent a few hours Saturday morning wandering around the market and was floored at the talent of the vendors. — Afar Magazine

The best time to hit the river walk is on a weekend to catch the famous market, which showcases handicrafts, street entertainers and food booths. — Lonely Planet

On weekends from March to Christmas, the west side of the Burnside Bridge and the Skidmore Fountain area has North America's largest open-air handicraft market. — Fodor's

Old Town is liveliest on weekends from March to December when hundreds of people descend on the Portland Saturday Market, billing itself the largest outdoor crafts market in the US. — Michelin Guide

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

Southeast Portland 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

After roses, rhododendrons are Portland’s favorite flowering shrub. — Frommer's

Waterfalls, ducks, geese, and eye-popping rhodies. Go in early May. — Not For Tourists

In April, thousands of rhododendron bushes and azaleas burst into flower, attracting visitors in larger numbers. — Fodor's

Oregonians flock to the seven-acre Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden to savor the brilliant colors of the garden’s 2,500 rhododendrons, azaleas, and other plants. — Where

Large, beautiful grounds are covered with more than 2000 full-grown rhododendrons, azaleas and other plants. — Lonely Planet

Oregon Historical Society Museum

Downtown 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Along the tree-shaded South Park Blocks sits the state's primary history museum, which dedicates most of its space to the story of Oregon and the pioneers who made it. — Lonely Planet

Impressive eight-story-high trompe l'oeil murals of Lewis and Clark and the Oregon Trail cover two sides of this downtown museum. — Fodor's

If you'd like to learn about the people who discovered Oregon before you, visit this well-designed museum. — Frommer's

It covers the history of Oregon from the earliest Indian civilizations through the saga of the Oregon Trail right up to the issues surrounding Portland’s light rail. — Where

Eight-story-high trompe l'oeil murals of Lewis and Clark and the Oregon Trail rise beside the entrance plaza of this important repository of historical artifacts and documents — Michelin Guide

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End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

Portland 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Sprawling across 8.5 acres of Abernathy Green, the historic main arrival area for Oregon Trail travelers, the Interpretive Center comprises three 50ft-high buildings shaped like covered wagons. — Michelin Guide

With its three Paul Bunyan-size wagons parked in the middle of Abernethy Green (the official end of the Oregon Trail), this interpretive center is impossible to miss. — Frommer's

Resembling three large covered wagons, this spot 19 mi south of Portland is hard to miss. — Fodor's

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The Portland Building

Southwest Portland 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A huge fiberglass mold of Portlandia's face is exhibited in the second-floor Public Art Gallery, which provides a good overview of Portland's 1% for Art Program... — Fodor's

The buff-colored building-basically a box with small windows and a recessed ground-level arcade-is overlaid with a pastiche of flat, ornamental motifs above a blue-tile base. — Michelin Guide

Completed in 1984, this wonderful, controversial, 15-story building still evokes potent reactions from local, regional and national architects, designers, critics, local politicians. — Where

This controversial 15-story building (1982) was designed by Michael Graves and catapulted the postmodern architect to celebrity status. — Lonely Planet

Michael Graves, architect. One of the most hated buildings in America. — Not For Tourists

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Elk Rock Garden

Portland 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Interspersed with the native flora are imported exotics such as weeping Atlas cedars, Japanese snowball trees, Dawn redwoods, witch hazels and numerous magnolias. — Michelin Guide

Set on a steep hillside above the Willamette River between Portland and Lake Oswego, this was once a private garden but was donated to the local Episcopal bishop of Oregon... — Frommer's

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Ira Keller Fountain Park

Downtown 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Children splash in the cooling waters and delight in the fountain’s different waterfalls, pools, concrete and metal islands and terraces, and the design’s overall human scale. — Where

Inspired by the rivers and waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest, a giant, rugged-looking fountain occupies a full city block directly opposite the Civic Auditorium. — Michelin Guide

This series of 18-foot-high stone waterfalls across from the front entrance of the Keller Auditorium is worth a look. — Fodor's

Inspired by the rivers and waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest (although those don’t smell like chlorine—yet), this giant, rugged-looking fountain occupies a full city block. — Frommer's

Much like a waterfall, except wholly artificial. — Not For Tourists

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Oaks Amusement Park

Sellwood - Moreland Improvement League 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Admit it: Roller skating is AWESOME! — Not For Tourists

There's a small-town charm to this park that has bumper cars, thrill rides, miniature golf, and roller-skating. — Fodor's

Oaks Park is a throwback to the days when streetcar companies built amusement parks to stimulate ridership — Where

The attractions here are family oriented and decidedly old-fashioned-a roller rink with a Wurlitzer organ, a dance pavilion, a carousel, non-tech game arcades, and 28 rides. — Michelin Guide

Beneath the shady oaks for which the park is named, you'll find waterfront picnic sites, miniature golf, music, and plenty of thrilling rides. — Frommer's

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