Rose Garden

International Rose Test Garden

HistoryInternational Rose Test Garden

Portland's International Rose Test Garden is the oldest official, continuously operated public rose test garden in the U.S. In 1888, Georgiana Burton Pittock, wife of pioneer publisher Henry Pittock, invited her friends and neighbors to exhibit their roses in a tent set up in her garden. Thus began the annual rose show for Portland Rose Society. This famous garden has nearly 10,000 rose plants and over 400 varieties.  The primary purpose of the garden is to serve as a testing ground for new rose varieties, all in the test garden named by numbers...

Japanese Gardens


The Japanese Garden is a haven of tranquil beauty that has been proclaimed one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan.  Even in Japan it would be difficult to find a garden of this quality, says Sadafumi Uchiyama, a national garden consultant.  It’s not just the ability to stroll though five formal garden styles, contemplating raked sand and a tea house built with pegs, or the unique hillside setting bound by Doug firs.  It’s not even the “borrowed scenery” of Mount Hood or the “hide and reveal” philosophy scattered among winding pathways, plantings and stones.  What allows this garden to exist here, in this form, has more to do with Portland’s subdued culture, the moist climate and a commitment to livability.  “Let me say it like this,” offers Uchiyama.  “Can you imagine finding this in Texas?


Chinese Gardens


The Classical Chinese Garden (a substitution stop on request), the largest, and said to be the most authentic of its kind outside China.  Hundreds of years of symbolism, tradition and horticulture come together at the Garden of Awakening Orchids, which gained worldwide attention before it even opened here five years ago.  Built in Portland’s sister city, Suzhou, and assembled by 65 Chinese craftsmen, it is, in essence, a Ming Dynasty work of artistry air-dropped into Old Town.  Today it’s considered the most authentic outside of China, complete with inlaid pebbled walkways, carved porticos and impressive plant life that includes rhododendrons discovered only recently in Asia.  And who wouldn’t love a place with a tea-house known as the Tower of Cosmic Reflections?

Pittock Turret

Pittock MansionSpring Mansion

Next we tour through the Arlington Heights residential areas and the Hoyt Arboretum.  We then enjoy a picturesque ride to the Pittock Mansion,  where lumber baron and newspaper magnate Mr. Pittock made his home. "What's most charming about the Pittock Mansion is the ease with which you can pretend it is your very own summer home.  Richer than God at the time, Henry Pittock was the publisher of the Oregonian at the turn of the Century and built the palatial castle in 1914.  With a regal red tile roof, wrap-around decks, and a sprawling, well-kept lawn, the place is perfect to commandeer as your very own summer retreat (and picnic!)" *.  There's no better place in town for picnics (allow My Chauffeur to arrange the picnic for you!), bird watching, experiencing the change of seasons or surveying Portland's ever-changing skyline.  The Pittock mansion is no ordinary, take-it-or-leave-it tourist attraction---it's a must see Pittock Mansion Events.


World Forestry Center Discovery Museum - Located in Portland's Washington Park, the Discovery Museum has hands-on, interactive exhibits that are fun for all ages. See the forest from a bird's-eye-view, take a wet-free raft ride, or climb underneath the forest to see the life below.

Hoyt Arboretum

Take the standard tour with an emphasis on Historic architecture, or you may request the full-blown Portland Historic Architectural Tour (7 days advance notice required).

Front Ave. 1941

Portland Classical Chinese Garden (退房美麗的中國古典園林的) - Lan Su Chinese Garden is one of Portland's greatest treasures. Built by Chinese artisans from Suzhou, it's the most authentic Chinese garden outside of China. Much more than just a beautiful garden, Lan Su is a creative wonder — a powerfully inspiring experience based on a 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition that melds art, architecture, design and nature in perfect harmony. Once inside the garden's walls, you'll feel as if you've traveled through time to another era in a faraway world. Ever changing, Lan Su always has something new to offer—by the minute, by the hour, and with the seasons. Enter the wonderland.


Hop on for a fun & exhilarating ride—and some of the best scenery that our city has to offer.  The tram ascends 500 feet from the river front area to Oregon Health & Sciences campus in the hills. From there, you'll enjoy Portland's horizon, the waterfront, Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens and the many bridges along the Willamette.

Tram picture at sunrise

Oregon Zoo & Zoo Train - One of the top zoos in North America is located in Portland. Its state-of-the-art, naturalistic exhibits have won many national awards. Visit the Africa Rain Forest, home to monkeys, crocodiles, bats and other denizens of the West African tropics. See penguins on the re-created coastline of Peru, polar bears swimming under the Arctic ice, zebras roaming the savanna, and plants and animals native to the Northwest's mountains and coast. Don't forget to visit the most prolific herd of Asian elephants in any zoo—more than 25 babies have been born here! During the summer, board the vintage miniature zoo train for a ride through the temperate forest of Washington Park toor_zoo_elephants the International Rose Test and Japanese gardens. Outdoor concerts enliven evenings throughout the summer. Winter brings the magic of ZooLights, a holiday festival that runs through December. Visit the zoo for only $4 on the second Tuesday of each month.

Oregon Historical Society - Explore Oregon's fascinating history at the Oregon Historical Society's History Museum. The museum is home to many exhibits, including the award-winning exhibit Oregon My Oregon, and the brand new permanent exhibit, Oregon Voices: Change and Challenge in Modern Oregon History. Featuring the latest technology, visitors will explore films, photographs, recordings and digital documents using interactive touch screens. The past and present come to life at the Oregon History Museum. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from 12-5 p.m.; and Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (June 18 through Aug. 27).

Portland Children's Museum

3 Oregon Pinots - Evening Land, Domaine Drouhin & Adelsheim Portland Urban or Rural Winery Tour

Portland Brewpub Tour

Choose the 'Family-Oriented' Tour

Vietnam Memorial

Oregon Holocaust Memorial

Holocaust Memorial

Powell's Books - World's largest independent bookstore.


Fort Vancouver

Portland Art Museum (PAM)(Events) - VIDEO - The Portland Art Museum is internationally-recognized for its permanent collection of more than 50,000 objects, and its ambitious special exhibitions drawn from the Museum's holdings and the world's finest public and private collections. The Museum displays American • Asian • European • Modern & Contemporary Native American • Northwest Art • Photography • Graphic Arts. SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS: The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece (through Jan. 6, 2013), Carrie Mae Weems (Feb. 6-May 6), Cyclepedia: A Century of Iconic Bicycle Design (June 8-Sept. 8), Gaston Lachaise (June 8-Sept. 8), Samurai Warriors: Three Centuries of Japanese Armor and Tradition 1563-1868 (Oct. 5-Jan. 12).

Wells Fargo History Museum

Portland Saturday/Sunday Market - A distinctive Portland experience at the nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market. Stroll down row upon row of unique arts and crafts created by the people who sell them. Listen to live local music and enjoy a plethora of exotic foods in the International Food Pavilion. Every Saturday and Sunday from March-December 24th.

SS-581 US Navy Attack Sub 

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) Build your brainpower with over 200 interactive exhibits for all ages in life sciences, robotics, global climate, technology and more. Explore the galaxy or watch a laser show in the Northwest's most technologically-advanced planetarium; visit eight hands-on science labs; climb aboard the U.S. Navy's last non-nuclear, fast-attack submarine, the USS Blueback ('Hunt for Red October'); and experience the giant screen and surround sound of the OMNIMAX® Theater. Science playground for children six and under. Refuel with fresh, locally-sourced meals or snacks at OMSI’s riverview café.

Established in 1937. Today the Gallery Store features work by hundreds of artists and craftspeople and supports the mission of MoCC, a national treasure as the country’s oldest museum dedicated to contemporary craft.


Discover local hand-brewed vodkas, Gins and Rums along Distillery Row.

Portland's Famous Brewpubs

Portland's Distillery Row - A handful of innovative small distilleries are making handcrafted, locally distilled spirits available for the first time since prohibition.

Ginger & Coffee Rum from Deco Distilling


Oregon Berry Festival, Portland, Oregon

Spruce Goose

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum & the Wings & Waves Waterpark (Howard Hughes 'Spruce Goose') - In McMinnville, but well worth the trip.

Oregon Maritime Museum - Portland's historic waterfront has a maritime heritage that matches any seaports on the West Coast. The Oregon Maritime and Museum contains a collection of ship models — merchant ships and riverboats— permanent and changing exhibits, navigational instruments, and a variety of ship hardware, paintings, and photographs.


Downtown Portland Restaurants

Restaurant Recommendations

Best Restaurants: Downtown Portland

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Downtown Dinner Cruise

Click for more about Portland SpiritQuite simply, a Portland Spirit dinner cruise is the perfect night out. A vibrant setting enhanced by dazzling city sights and city lights. An evening filled to the brim with festive cuisine, locally sourced and prepared fresh on board, entertainment, and live performances. For a party of two to a small group of friends or co-workers, or a grand affair for up to 300+ guests, this is the ultimate Portland experience.

View an interactive map of the Portland Dinner Cruise route. 

Sample Menus

Check out all of Portland's Best Restaurants HERE.

Portland: Nightly year-round
Boarding 6:30pm
Cruising 7:00pm-9:30pm
$68 Adults
$63 Seniors and Children

Downtown Lunch Cruise

Click for more about Portland SpiritCome aboard and enjoy the most entertaining lunchtime experience in Portland! This two-hour cruise on the Willamette River is perfect for an afternoon getaway, a birthday, office party, or entertaining out-of-town guests.

View an interactive map of the lunch cruise route.  Sample Menus

Monday-Saturday Noon-2:00pm

$38 Adults
$33 Seniors
$19 Children



Willamette Jetboat Excursions, Portland, OR

Willamette Jet Boats or Portland Kayak Co. - VIDEO

Explorer Portland Bridges Cruise

See the City Of Bridges from a whole new view.

Local historians will guide you on this river tour of Portland’s famous bridges. Travel from the St. John’s to the Sellwood Bridge while enjoying the colorful history of Portland’s ten landmark crossings -- each spanning the beautiful Willamette River and a new chapter in bridge engineering and design.

Daily June 28th-September 30th
Boarding at 4:45pm, cruising 5:00pm-6:15pm
Adults $28
Seniors $28
Kids $28

The Grotto - This beautiful 62-acre Catholic shrine and botanical garden is located in Portland, Oregon.  “The Grotto” is the popular name of The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother.  It is a non-profit organization supported solely by the proceeds of its gift shop and by donations. It is administered by the Order of Friars Servants of Mary, USA Province.

Grotto's Festival of Lights

White Water Rafting - The Clackamas River runs through mountain forested nature and is located only ½ hour from the greater Portland area! In addition to being one of the most scenic rivers in all of Oregon, there is no better river for those living in or visiting the Portland area for fun, adventure, and convenience. VIDEO

Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood - Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977, Timberline Lodge is one of Oregon's most popular tourist attractions, drawing nearly two million visitors every year. Considered an architectural wonder, it is still being used for its original intent - a magnificent ski lodge and mountain retreat for everyone to enjoy. Sixty miles east of Portland, located above the village of Government Camp, Timberline offers year-round skiing and snowboarding, overnight lodging, dining, and numerous options for outdoor activities. Free guided tours of the lodge are available daily throughout the summer season. Self-guided tours are always welcome.


Spectacular Holiday Light Show at PIR

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