Nature & Wildlife

With more than 200 parks within city limits, you don’t have to venture far to find yourself immersed in nature. Explore forested hiking trails or cultured gardens. Play on one of the challenging golf courses or skate parks. Or sightsee the city via bicycle or kayak. Portland offers many natural wonders within an hour of city center.

Lan Su Chinese Garden - Lan Su Chinese Garden is one of Portland's greatest treasures and most interesting sites to see while visiting Portland. A result of a collaboration between the cities of Portland and Suzhou, our sister city in China's Jiangsu province that's famous for its beautiful Ming Dynasty gardens, Lan Su was built by Chinese artisans from our Suzhou and is the most authentic Chinese garden outside of China.

Portland Japanese Garden - Proclaimed the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden is a 5.5-acre haven of tranquil beauty nestled in the scenic west hills.

International Rose Test Garden - Located in Washington Park, Portland Parks and OSU Master Gardeners offer free guided tours daily at 1:00 p.m., meeting at the Rose Garden store. Founded in 1917, Portland’s International Rose Test Garden – overlooking downtown – is the oldest official, continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States. Currently, the garden features over 10,000 rose bushes representing over 650 rose varieties.

Oregon Zoo - The wildest place in Oregon. Just in time for Westercon 69, the zoo’s new Elephant Lands will open to the public. This world-class habitat will let visitors discover these graceful giants moving through meadows, hills, mud wallows and pools.

Forest Park -  At 5,157 acres, Portland's Forest Park is the largest urban forest in the United States. With more than 80 miles of soft-surface trails, fire lanes and forest roads, Forest Park stretches for more than seven miles along the eastern slope of the Tualatin Mountains, overlooking Northwest Portland and the convergence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Forest Park offers an unparalleled opportunity for visitors to experience a true northwest forest without leaving the Portland city limits.

Multnomah Falls & Lodge - Located just a 30 minute drive outside of Portland, the falls are one of Oregon’s most popular tourist destinations. Multnomah Falls offers a very popular 1/4 mile short hike to the Benson Bridge. Many Hikers with a little more time and hiking ability opt to continue to conquer the 1.1-mile trek to the top. The Multnomah Falls trail is paved from the base to the viewing platform at the top. The Multnomah Falls trail also connects with several other gorge trails, offering many different hiking opportunities accommodating a wide variety of time schedules and hiking skill levels. At the base of the falls is the Historic Multnomah Falls Lodge, offering a place of relaxation, a fine meal, the perfect gift, or possibly an espresso and tasty treat to accompany your hike or day trip.

Mount Hood - Mount Hood offers scenic recreation ranging from camping, hiking and fishing to nearly year-round skiing.

Oregon Coast - Where Oregon meets the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find rocky vistas, mile upon mile of public beaches, artistic enclaves, working fishing towns, family attractions, microbrews, seafood and, yes, even surfing.