Visiting Portland for the first time can be such a blast! The City of Roses is overflowing with things to see, do, and eat, and it seems like there’s hardly enough time to see, do, and eat everything, even for locals! Everyone has their favorite spots to send first time Portland visitors, but these three iconic locations are absolute must-sees for not just our fair tourists, but for every card-carrying Portland local.
Mount Tabor—There are a handful of breathtaking views in the city, but the view from the top of Mount Tabor is truly singular. From one side of the defunct, mid-city volcano, you can see sparkling ribbons of traffic streaming toward a glassy downtown flanked by a wide, undulating river. From the other side, you can take in majestic Mount Hood (and a few other snowcapped peaks on a clear day) and the charming tree-lined suburban enclaves of Portland’s eastside.
Rose Test Garden—Come to Rose City and see how we earned such a brassy nickname. The rose test garden in Portland’s west side is a demonstration of our deep devotion to an endless amount of rose cultivars, not to mention a testament to the blooming power of a decorative flower in a rainy location. This tourist and local favorite is best witnessed in the spring and summer months when the roses are in full bloom and their fragrance carries through the area.
Pioneer Square—Portland’s Living Room, as it is colloquially known, hosts many cultural festivals throughout the summer, but also remains one of the best spots in the city to simply relax and watch Portland’s vibrant natives navigate a bustling and dazzling downtown.
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