Portland is growing as a tourist destination, and it is not surprising. With so many unique things to offer, our City of Roses has plenty of activities to keep you busy during your trip. Whether you are in town for a quick visit or for a longer stay, these are the top 10 must-see things around town.
1. The Waterfront
The waterfront is one of our city's top attractions. Stroll along the esplanade or through Waterfront Park to get a picturesque view of the city's bridges and environs. Rent a bike and cross the bridges, or sit down for a meal overlooking the river to take in the sights and sounds of the city.
2. The Japanese Garden
Head over to Washington Park and stay awhile. The Japanese Garden is beautifully appointed with gardens that take you to another place entirely.
3. The International Rose Test Garden
Not far from the Japanese Garden is the equally impressive rose garden, which features over 500 species of roses on display. Smell, photograph, and simply take in the amazing sight and the great views of the city below.
4. Hoyt Arboretum
Head into the lower part of Washington Park to stroll through Hoyt Arboretum. This living laboratory of trees is a true specimen of northwest scenery and a fun place to spend a couple hours.
5. Portland Zoo
Neighboring the arboretum is the Portland Zoo. Explore the newly expanded elephant lands, and check out all the other animals in this large, but easily walkable city zoo.
6. Lan Su Chinese Garden
In the heart of downtown sits this amazing garden confined within a walled city block. Step inside and feel the calm of this peaceful garden. Have tea at the tea house for the ultimate experience.
7. The Portland Art Museum
Stroll the park blocks to the art museum for a lovely afternoon of visual art. If you happen to visit on a Saturday, head up the block to the PSU farmer's market to get a taste of Portland food culture while you are there.
8. Forest Park
A list of best places to visit in Portland is not complete without a nod to Forest Park. This expansive park features over 5,000 acres of northwest forest wilderness to explore.
9. Food Carts
Head just about anywhere in town and you are bound to stumble on a food cart pod. When you find one, stop and try the food for a true Portland experience. You can find some of the best food in the city for the best prices at food carts.
10. Shopping Districts
Visiting one of the shopping districts of the city is a great way to explore the city. Check out Alberta Street, Mississippi Avenue or Hawthorne Boulevard for an ultimate Portland shopping experience.
What would you consider the top must-see places in Portland? Feel free to share.