Portland March 01, 2017
12 Amazing Natural Wonders Hiding In Plain Sight Around Portland — No Hiking Required
We know that Portland is a beautiful place, but sometimes we need a little push to experience it fully. If you want to check out some of the natural beauty hiding in plain sight around town, visit one of these 12 serene spots that are teeming with allure and require no hiking to experience.
1. Portland Japanese Garden
Beautiful in every season, the Japanese Garden is a must-visit. Enjoy some peace by one of several lovely water features or spend some time lost in thought at the rock garden.
2. Lan Su Chinese Garden
Hiding in plain sight behind a wall in Old Town Chinatown, this classic Chinese garden is modeled after the famed gardens of Suzhou. Relax by the pond, or sip tea at the attached tea house to take in the natural beauty.
3. Waterfront Park
Spring is the best time to experience this strip, which is made bright and vibrant with blooming cherry trees. Pack a picnic and lounge on the grass, or stroll through and admire the bridges and waterfront.
4. Hoyt Arboretum
The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial at Hoyt Arboretum is a great place to spend the afternoon in quiet thought. The sprawling arboretum grounds feature plenty of spots for relaxation in both the sun and shade.
5. The Grotto
Carved into a 110-foot cliff, the caved shrine is an amazing natural wonder to take in. Enjoy the lush gardens and artwork at this Catholic shrine hiding right off of Sandy Boulevard and 82nd Avenue.
6. Crystal Springs Rhododendren Garden
The rhododendron garden is especially amazing around Mother's Day when it is in full bloom. Beautifully landscaped, this quaint garden park next to Reed College is lovely for book reading, duck spotting and overall relaxation.
7. Forest Park
While Forest Park has a reputation for being a hiker's paradise, you don't have to hike there. Bring a picnic, book, or your favorite music and just enjoy the space, surrounded by green in every season.
8. Leach Botanical Garden
If you like native plants, head to Leach Botanical Garden to explore the amazing collection of greenery. Situated in SE Portland, this lovely garden has many quiet places to enjoy the forested beauty.
9. Oaks Bottom Wildlife Park
Bird watching is lovely at Oaks Bottom and should not be missed.
10. Council Crest
For some of the best views of the city, this natural park should not be overlooked. Once the site of an amusement park until 1929, this famed location is one of the highest points in the West Hills at just over 1,000 feet above sea level.
11. Mt. Tabor
Situated on an extinct volcano, Mt. Tabor is a lovely natural area that has plenty to offer. You can drive nearly to the top, but will have to walk a bit at the end to reach the apex, where a lovely grassy area with amazing trees awaits you.
12. Kelley Point Park
For water views, Kelley Point Park is a lovely place to explore. While swimming here is prohibited, it is perfect for beach combing and close to downtown just off of Marine Drive.
How many of these beautiful spots have you visited? There’s no time like the present to complete the rest of the list! 🙂