Attractions in Portland, Oregon

Attractions in Portland, Oregon
The Pacific Northwest city of Portland, Oregon, has tons of attractions for the outdoor enthusiast, whether it is winter sports at Mount Hood or summer hikes through Forest Park. Portland is a city of urban gardens with an International Rose Test Garden, Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden for a quick retreat from the urban setting.

Forest Park

The Forest Park trail system stretches through western hemlock and Douglas fir trees along the western edge of Portland. Hikers, runners and mountain bikers can blaze through almost 70 miles on trails and roads within the urban park. The Wildwood Trail spans over 30 miles with passages to Gresham and Portland. Dogs are allowed in the park if kept on a leash. Specific equestrian trails are set aside for horseback riding. The Friends of Forest Park expanded the protected old growth forest by purchasing new acreage, including a 31-acre addition in 2002.

Forest Park Conservancy
1505 NW 23rd Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97210
(503) 223-5449

Japanese Garden

The 5.5-acre Japanese Garden is located in Portland, Oregon, near Washington Park. The garden is open year-round with exceptions for certain federal holidays. Children under five years old are granted free admission and all patrons can take a free, guided tour through the park. The location is divided into five distinct areas---Flat Garden, Stroll Garden, Tea Garden, Sand and Stone Garden, and Natural Garden. The Tea Garden contains the Flower-Heart Tea House for tea ceremonies. Architectural designs like pagodas, arbors and bridges are set amidst the naturally cultivated plants and trees.

Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston
Portland, Oregon 97205
(503) 223-1321

Tryon Creek State Park

The Tryon Creek State Natural Area is an Oregon state park located off Interstate 5. Cyclists can use a paved biking trail through the park, while hikers and joggers can enjoy nature trails traveling from the trail head at Terwilliger Boulevard and the ravine at Boones Ferry Road. Tryon Creek contains steelhead trout, and the entire park has bird watching opportunities and interpretive tours. The park is open year round and contains a visitor center with on-site restrooms.

Tryon Creek State Park
11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97219
(503) 636-4398

Timberline Lodge

This skiing and snowboarding lodge, located on Mount Hood, is open 12 months a year. The resort contains 1,400 acres of usable terrain on 41 trails. Timberline is located 6,000 feet in elevation on the southern side the 11,245-foot Mount Hood. The lodge offers private and group lessons, equipment rental and lift passes. Guest rooms are available at the lodge, including rooms with a fireplace and chalets that sleep up to 10 people. The Cascade Dining Room serves all meals, including a daily breakfast buffet and brunch. A wine tasting and vault tour can be arranged with the Cascade.

Timberline Lodge
Timberline, Oregon 97028
(503) 272-3158

Article Written By Matt Becht

Matt Becht is a freelance filmmaker from Cleveland, Ohio. Becht’s college curriculum included courses in English composition, creative writing, and scriptwriting. He began writing professionally in 2009, and has been published in eHow,, and Becht holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University.

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