The first time I visited the West Coast was on business to Seattle many years ago. There was not much time for playing tourist, but the limited amount I was able to see while driving from place to place was stunning. I decided another trip was in order, but when I returned most recently it was to Portland.
Portland is the largest city in the state of Oregon. One of the first things that struck me about this lovely city was how different it was from some of the East Coast cities I had visited. There are many other things to see and do here, but one area in which the city excels is in their green space and city park system. It is one of the cleanest cities you will ever visit and locals take great pride in the fact their city has been awarded the “Greenest City in America” designation several times.
One of the first things visitors see is the majesty of Mount Hood off in the distance. It is truly breathtaking! I remember just staring in awe. Two other places that are steeped in beauty are the Portland International Test Rose Garden and the Portland Japanese Garden, both located within Washington Park.
Portland is called the “City of Roses”. As this happens to be my favorite flower, visiting the Rose Garden was at the top of my list. It is home to more than 10,000 roses. I visited in June when the blooms were in full splendor. The vision and aroma are dazzling. Walking along the paths, you can see a myriad of varieties. Below is the place within the garden that I referred to as the ‘amphitheater’. I was able to sit and relax and just enjoy the view.
After your visit to the Rose Garden, be sure to head across the street to the Japanese Garden. Here you will find a sanctuary of peace and tranquility like none other. As you walk along the many winding paths, you will see several distinct garden styles, all with the sole purpose of instilling serenity and bliss in your world.
Strolling through Portland offers one of the best experiences I have had and I cannot wait to return to discover more. I hear they also have a great zoo!