Columbia River GorgeAttractions » Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours1200 NW Front, 97212The Columbia River Gorge is one of the Pacific Northwest's premiere outdoor recreation destinations. Windsurfing, hiking, birdwatching, backpacking, mountain biking and other outdoor pursuits can all be found here in abundance. The Columbia River Gorge is managed by the United States Forest Service and contains ecosystems ranging from temperate rain forests on the western edge to high-desert grasslands on the east. Many diverse species of indigenous plants and wildlife flourish in this region. The Columbia River Gorge is well-known for its waterfalls and high winds and holds a federally protected status as a National Scenic Area. Although most visitors choose the summer months to enjoy the recreational options that the Gorge has to offer, it is open on a year-round basis and has a variety of activities that range from windsurfing to back country skiing. There is no cost involved to enter the Columbia River Gorge.
Oregon ZooAttractions » Zoos & Aquariums4001 Southwest Canyon Road, 97221The Portland, Oregon Zoo covers 64 acres is located 2 miles from downtown Portland and is situated inside of Portland's Washington Park. The zoo has its origins in the year 1888, when a private collector donated his animals to the city of Portland. The zoo has many educational programs and functions as an integral part of the city of Portland. The Oregon Zoo is Oregon's largest paid attraction, and hosts extensive botanical collections as well as provides homes for animals from all over the planet. During the summer, visitors to the zoo can enjoy concerts, and a holiday light show graces the area during the winter. The zoo is open to the public every day of the year except for Christmas Day. General admission to the Oregon Zoo is $10.50 for adults, $9.00 for seniors and and $7.50 for children 3 - 17. Children under 2 years old get in free.
International Rose Test GardenAttractions » Parks & Nature400 Southwest Kingston Avenue, 97201View siteA well-loved spot in the City of Roses, the International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon, United States is one of the country's largest test gardens for roses. Roses are sent to this park from all over the world. Growing in the garden are well over 500 different varieties of roses. The climate and location is particularly suited for large and healthy rose bushes that bloom all summer. They look their loveliest in June if the weather has been right. The garden is in tiers up the side of the hill in Washington Park. Views from various places in the garden are stunning as they look out over Portland, the iconic Mt. Hood and the Willamette River. The garden also has a grassy amphitheatre where events occur all through the warmer months of the year, especially classical music concerts. Admission to the International Rose Test Garden is free.
Portland Japanese GardenAttractions » Parks & Nature611 SW Kingston Ave, 97205The Portland Japanese Garden found in Portland, Oregon is a privately owned garden open to the public year round. Often called the most authentic Japanese gardens not in Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden is dedicated to showcasing the botanical culture of Japan. The gardens reflect the influence of Shinto, Buddhist, and Taoism philosophy based on Japanese ideals. There are five specific gardens within the whole that are exhibited and change annually. These gardens are the flat garden, the sand and stone garden, the strolling pond garden, the tea garden, and the natural garden. Each is unique and displays a different part of Japanese culture and beliefs. Tens of thousands of locals and visitors go to see the Portland Japanese Garden each year as a place of tranquility and a haven from the hustle and bustle of life. The Japanese Garden is bordered by Washington Park creating a true botanical experience.
Waterstone GalleryShopping » Other424 Northwest 12th Ave, 97209View site
Elizabeth Leach GalleryShopping » Other207 SW Pine Street, 97204View site