Places to visit in Portland

Top Things to Do in Portland, OR

Places to Visit 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

These rankings are informed by traveller reviews—we consider the quality, quantity, recency, consistency of reviews, and the number of page views over time.
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From quick jaunts to full-day outings.






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What travellers are saying

  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA16,074 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best parts of our city visit was our stroll through this splendid garden. Obviously it is better in the spring, but the roses were still blooming and the variety is impressive. Beautiful park.
    Written 28 March 2024
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  • E C
    Boston, MA19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I recommend taking the tour to get more info on the gardens, it provided a lot of insight we otherwise wouldn't have known. I loved the coy pond and the detail of the gardens is amazing. It was my favorite place in Portland, and an absolute must if you are visiting.
    Written 28 April 2024
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  • Laura H
    El Dorado Hills, CA403 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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  • Jamie S
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As one of the most historic sites to visit in Portland, the mansion and the grounds were breathtaking, especially on what turned out to be a rainy day. Within the mansion, there are many interesting historical facts along with furniture and antiques from different time periods. On the grounds, there are great views of the city and fall colors. There was also an exhibit for Eliza Barchus which contained her artwork and life details, which may have been the highlight of the mansion.
    Written 5 November 2023
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  • GastroEclectico
    Phoenix, AZ862 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One hundred years ago a grotto was created into this incredible rock face where soon later was installed a beautiful reproduction of Michaelangelo’s Pieta. This beautiful work of man’s craftsmanship stands today amidst an inner-city secluded area inspiring meditation and solemnity inspiring self-contemplation and thoughtful introspection in nature’s beauty within a 62-acre ecological enclave. One can leisurely, yet wondrously meander the walk paths of this remarkable garden/park to quietly ponder, picnic or serenely contemplate the open seclusion of nature’s marvelous wonder. When visiting Portland, this is a must visit – enjoy a couple of hours of tranquility. It is truly a gem and isolated treasure within the bustle of the city.
    Written 25 November 2023
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  • Susan T
    Vancouver, WA20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This zoo is a gorgeous walk through lush forest and spacious animal habitats. Excellent viewing opportunities with animal bedding and activities closely. Animals appear content, healthy, and relaxed with gorgeous coat colors. Favorites include Polar Bears swimming, otter entertainment, big cats. Aviary warm and walkable. Delicious hot cider at the Aviary Cafe.
    Written 30 March 2024
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA16,074 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Some extraordinarily beautiful countryside in this agricultural valley noted for excellent wines. We stopped at one simple winery for a good tasting and noted that there were several guest houses nearby. Close to the city.
    Written 29 March 2024
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  • KACB
    Texas54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We walked the Holly Loop, and it was a nice leisurely walk with so much beautiful scenery to stop and look at. We can’t wait until we can come back and check out the other trails. There is a small gift shop in the visitor center where we purchased a few postcards.
    Written 15 September 2023
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  • beetcanner
    Southern Nevada661 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you love Rhodies and Azaleas, this is the place to be in early May, around Mother's Day. Well kept paths and landscaping plus lovely views of the lake. This is a garden to savor and sit on a bench to gather your thoughts. Highly photogenic.
    Written 13 May 2024
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  • Andrew T
    266 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an incredibly beautiful forest to walk around in. If you have the time you can easily spend the whole day there. Lots of undulation so if that’s a difficulty walking need to be considerate of that. But the walking trails are really well paved. Overall rating 9.7
    Written 16 October 2022
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA16,074 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles