There’s a lot to do in the biggest city of Oregon and the eighth most popular city in the USA. Given below are some of the experiences that you should definitely have, but before that check out the fantastic hotels in Portland and enjoy your stay there.
Japanese Garden- There’s a reason why this Garden is a must visit for every person visiting the city. Its five and a half acres divided into five separate spaces and each space is tranquil and calm. Go here for some necessary time away from it all. The gardens of Japan are legendary for the many lessons they can teach a person. This one is no exception. The beautiful ponds, bridges and landscape will mesmerise you.
Pittock Mansion- if fabulous buildings are your thing, go to the west of Portland and visit this Mansion. Built in 1909, this large home is on 46 acres of land. It has the same number of rooms as well. The house is 1,000 feet above sea level and has good views too. Go here for some great bird watching.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park – this is a Park to visit at any time and without a reason. Keeping you company is the Willamette River and greeting you is some of the coolest bridges of the city. Keep a lookout for the events that regularly happen here. The Saturday market is good fun and a nice combination of live music, food, artistes.
Forest Park- In the outskirts of the city, at home in the Tualatin Mountains is this 8 mile park. This urban forest reserve is spread over 5,000 acres. Choose from any of the trails that encompass 70 miles of forest. This is a good thing because you can choose a hike based on your skill and strength.
Lan Su Chinese Garden- Portland is a twin city of Suzhou in China. True to its Chinese sibling that’s famous for its garden, Portland too has created a fabulous Chinese garden. The Lan Su Garden is often considered to be the most authentic Garden outside of China. The walled garden truly takes you places. No wonder that the garden translates to the ‘Garden of the Awakening Orchids.’
Children’s Museum- Of course the kids need to have fun too. The Children’s Museum is the place to do it. Fun and learning at the same time. If the kids like to learn about buildings and how they are built, there is the Building Bridgetown to do just that. Go to the Outdoor Adventure space and help the children find the beauty in nature. Check what the exhibit is on display so you can enjoy a mix of the permanent shows and the new ones that keep appearing.
Powell’s- the world’s biggest indie bookstore is so huge that it comes with a map and locations and all that. Powell’s has four locations but the flagship store is the rightly named Powell’s City of Books, situated close to the Pioneer Courthouse Square.
The Museum of Contemporary Craft- founded in 1937, this two floor museum is spread over 4,500 square feet. Some of the biggest artists showcase their work here. This is a place to see the process of art from the past, the now and into the coming future.