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Things to Do in Portland

Exploring Portland's Japanese Garden and International Rose Test Garden are traveller faves. For a walk on the wild side, head to Forest Park or Columbia River Gorge.

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Top Attractions in Portland

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What travellers are saying

  • PH2003
    Denver, CO366 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This garden is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. It’s so relaxing and quiet, and the scenery really immerses you. We went on a rainy day and honestly, I think that made the experience better. The sound of the rain and the damp moss everywhere just gave me such a sense of peace.
    We chose not to do the Umami Cafe, but quite a few people were in there. The gift shop had some cool stuff, and the info center really explains the Japanese culture and theme. Also seeing that this is the best Japanese garden in the world outside of Japan was cool to learn. I feel like I went to Japan without spending 22 hours on a plane.
    Written 12 February 2024
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  • Abigail W
    Oregon16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As far as really neat places in Portland, Oregon go (and it’s not called the City of Roses for nothing), this one really takes the cake (proverbially speaking). Basically, the International Rose Test Garden is what I’d call a highly awesome place to go — especially for those who want to stop and smell the roses from time to time, and for those who are photographers and have a liking for nature photography and capturing nature on film.

    Plus, the really neat thing about the International Rose Test Garden is that it's free (which makes it different from the Japanese Gardens, although the Japanese Gardens are quite nice in their own way as well).

    Located in Washington Park, this place really helps when it comes to inspiring people and showing them the beauty in nature. There are so many roses of every color and size that it can be hard to take them in all at once. So, it is best to take it in one step at a time.

    Also, those who are photographers will really take a liking to this place, as they will find plenty of photo opportunities when it comes to the roses. 😇😎

    In conclusion, I highly recommend the International Rose Test Garden for anyone who loves nature, photography or both. Also, I give it five stars (although ten stars would be even better). 😎
    Written 27 January 2024
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  • Laura H
    El Dorado Hills, CA431 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a huge park overlooking the city of Portland. Roses are the main feature of this beautiful park. There is a fee for parking and signs warning of car break-ins. While there, we met a family who had all their luggage stolen. Remember to not leave anything visible inside of your car.
    Written 26 November 2023
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  • kisssmee
    Los Angeles, CA787 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a nice serene place smack dab in the middle of Downtown. It's street parking and thankfully it wasn't terribly difficult to find a spot.

    The front gate is locked and you will be buzzed in. You pay your fee at the ticket booth. You explore the grounds and enjoy the greenery and ambiance of it all. Unfortunately, when I visited there was scaffolding so it was a little bit of an eyesore. The brighter side, it just means I have to come back again to fully enjoy the beauty of the place. There is a small body of water in the middle and beautifully decorated architecture around.
    Written 22 February 2024
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