Your Destination Guide to Portland

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For the most picturesque photo settings, the sights in and around Portland can't be beat. A mere 30 miles from city limits, Multnomah Falls symbolizes Portland's famed natural environment and is the gateway to the spectacular Columbia River Gorge, with its scenic drive and waterfalls. From the Pittock Mansion in the city hills, to Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, lavish sightseeing in the area abounds.

A wide array of family entertainment awaits you in Portland's Washington Park. One of the oldest and widely used parks in Portland, it hosts the Portland Children's Museum, Oregon Zoo, the Portland Japanese Garden, World Forestry Center Discovery Museum, International Rose Test Garden, and Hoyt Arboretum not to mention 15 miles of trails.

For panoramic views of the city, you must visit Forest Park, a forest sanctuary, and Council Crest, one of the highest points in Portland. Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, and Mt. Rainier, peaks of the Cascade Range, are all visible from these stunning locations.

Portland | Sightseeing

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
  • Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
  • In the City of Roses, yet another floral species has found budding success at Portland's Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. This distinctive, seven-acre garden is home to an extraordinary collection of rare species and hybrid rhododendrons and azaleas.
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Fox Tower
  • Fox Tower
  • Dressed in dark blue splendor, Portland's fifth tallest building, Fox Tower, is home to high-end retail stores, a movie theater, and 27 stories of office space.
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International Rose Test Garden
Jamison Square
  • Jamison Square
  • Even on the off chance that it isn't raining in Portland, water still splashes from all directions in Jamison Square. Located in the posh Pearl District, this popular town square is built around a fountain with water cascading from stone fixtures into various pools.
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Japanese Garden
  • Japanese Garden
  • With Portland's usual mist and fog heavy in the air, visitors are likely to feel as though they've taken a trip to the Eastern Orient and not the West Coast.
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Lan Su Chinese Garden
  • Lan Su Chinese Garden
  • In 1988, Portland and Szouhou, China became sister cities and for the last ten years, the Rose City has been offering a bouquet other than its famous namesake. Sans the exhausting flight and complications of customs, Portland's Lan Su Chinese Gardens bring oriental majesty to the Northwest.
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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
  • For more than 60 years, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry has offered a hands-on approach to learning. OMSI features 219,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, a Northwest-revered planetarium, an impressive Omnimax Dome movie theatre, and yes, even a submarine.
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Pioneer Courthouse Square
  • Pioneer Courthouse Square
  • Portland's foremost outdoor venue, Pioneer Courthouse Square, is fondly referred to as Portland's "living room"and plays host to more than 300 events annually. Situated in the heart of downtown Portland close to popular shopping and hotels, it's one of the city's main attractions.
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Pittock Mansion
  • Pittock Mansion
  • Portland's Pittock Mansion directly transports visitors back to the Rose City of the early 20th century. The three-story mansion includes nearly 23 rooms, each complete with ornate and worldly d├ęcor influenced by an eclectic mix of classic Turkish, English and French styles.
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Portlandia Statue
  • Portlandia Statue
  • Wielding a trident that pierces the city sky, a woman, modestly cloaked in the folds of her toga, reaches out to the wandering masses from her perch on the Portland Building.
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