Expansive parks, regional cuisine, and a craft beer scene – what more could you need?
Exploring the City
Among the city’s highlights are its extensive, treasured parklands. Set aside some time to explore Washington Park, where the Japanese Garden is considered one of the most authentic of its kind, and the International Rose Test Garden offers an oasis of more than 8,000 rose bushes. The Lan Su Chinese Garden – spread over an entire city block in Chinatown – features many classical-style gardens complete with ponds, carved bridges, and more tranquil scenery. Of course, no traveler should miss Forest Park, the largest urban forested area in the United States, spanning more than 5,000 acres inside the city.
For some time indoors, the Portland Art Museum has a permanent collection of more than 42,000 pieces, while the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is considered one of the most acclaimed technology museums in the country. To experience Portland’s celebrated craft beer and distillery scene, head to Distillery Row for spirits such as vodka, rum, and whiskey, or take a tour of award-winning breweries around the city.
To see some of the area’s most stunning scenery, head a half-hour outside of Portland to admire the beautiful, two-tiered Multnomah Falls. If you have time for more exploration, the Columbia River Gorge is full of possibilities, home to extensive hiking trails and more stunning waterfalls. A trip to the Willamette Valley is perfect for wine-lovers, where renowned pinot noir and other varietals are growing at more than 100 wineries and vineyards.
Be sure to try the famous local seafood – salmon is a particular specialty, though crab, tuna, halibut, and cod are also caught off the coast. Great parts of the city to enjoy a meal include the Pearl District, known for fine and innovative restaurants, and Nob Hill, for trendy and upscale eateries. For menus filled with fresh, regional ingredients, Wildwood serves inspired dishes out of a wood-burning oven, while Clarklewis offers seasonal, sophisticated food in a stunning setting. Castagna is another local favorite, dishing out creative and delicious fare.