Portland Journals

The City of Roses, Where Livability Works

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A travel journal to Portland by Migin

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Quote: A metropolitan area of about two million peppered with interesting neighborhoods, a fantastic mass transit system, wonderful parks, and all the other urban amusement choices you‘d expect, but with lots of great day trip choices within an easy drive. Quirky Portland values its livability and is always working to improve it.

The City of Roses, Where Livability Works

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Mount Hood Photo, Portland, Oregon
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[Joke #1: What are two days of rain in Portland called? A weekend.] My favorite City of Portland description comes from "Des Moines Register" journalist Donald Kaul as quoted by Jonathan Nicholas in "The Oregonian," November 15, 1999: "Portland is San Francisco run by Canadians." What does this mean? What does this mean to me? Much the same thing, I think. Think of San Francisco. What comes to mind? Progressive politics, big parks, bridges, food, Chinatown, architecture, museums, music, laid-back health-conscious people, hills, waterfront, streetcars, Californians? --Check, CHECK (37,000-acres), … yes, all of that a...Read More

International Rose Test Garden

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Attraction | "The International Rose Test Garden"

International Rose Test Garden Photo, Portland, Oregon
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The International Rose Test Garden with more than 8,000 rosebushes, representing more than 400 varieties spreads across a hillside in Washington Park in terraced rows for easy access. Teas, miniatures, floribundas, and hybrid teas are separated by sculptural fountains and grouped by hue and even by theme; the Shakespeare Garden with roses from William’s works. A full sensory experience, sight and smell, thorns and all, the scent so strong you can taste it. 8000 plus bushes! Standing in the midst of that is like being part of a huge bouquet. Consisting of 5.12-acres this is the oldest official, continuously ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2004

International Rose Test Garden
Washington Park-400 Southwest Kingston Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97201
(503) 823-3636

The Oregon City Municipal Elevator

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The Oregon City Municipal Elevator Photo, Oregon City, Oregon
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Oregon City, now a southeastern Portland suburb, was the first incorporated city west of the Mississippi River, established as a lumber mill in 1829 by Dr. John McLoughlin, who would become known as the "Father of Oregon." The geographical situation of the town was advantageous, on the Willamette River near its confluence with the Columbia River. There were only two problems with having a town here. First was the waterfall in the Willamette where the land broke and fell some 40-feet. The falls would be conquered with the addition of the Willamette Falls Locks. This only left the other problem … Part of Oregon City is at the foot...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 3, 2004

The Oregon City Municipal Elevator
300 7th Street
Oregon City 97045
(503) 657-0891

Lan Su Chinese Garden

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Attraction | "Portland Classical Chinese Garden"

Lan Su Chinese Garden Photo, Portland, Oregon
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The Portland Classical Chinese Garden is a city owned garden at 40,000-square-feet, including a lake of 8,000-square-feet, is the largest of its kind outside of China. Courtyards, bridges, trees and other plants, a teahouse -- it's a very authentic 16th-century Suzhou-style garden. Suzhou, Jiangsu, called the "Garden City of China" is one of Portland’s Sister Cities. The Sister City concept was born in Portland. Some structures are complete buildings with internal rooms, some are open-air pavilions for vi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2004

Lan Su Chinese Garden
NW 3rd Avenue at Everett Street
Portland, Oregon 97209
(503) 228-8131

Hoyt Arboretum

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Attraction | "Hoyt Arboretum-Vietnam Veterans Living Memorial"

Hoyt Arboretum Photo, Portland, Oregon
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Hoyt Arboretum comprised of 214-acres within Washington Park has about 1000 species of trees collected from around the world, with 10-miles of winding trails. Their ambition is to have the widest possible representation of the world’s plants. Currently there are nearly 10,000 individual plants within the park, grouped by family, with an aim to having something in season year round. Because of that variety this is a good place to come and learn with actual three-dimensional visual aids. A complete listing of the plant ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 3, 2004

Hoyt Arboretum
4000 SW Fairview Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97221
(503) 228-8733

Pearson Air Museum

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Pearson Air Museum Photo, Portland, Oregon
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Pearson Air Museum is in Vancouver, which lies directly across the Columbia River from Portland, in Washington State. It is the oldest continuously operated US airfield in the West with the first landing by the dirigible Gelatine in 1905, is actually one of the oldest in the country. The field was named in 1925 for local Alexander Pearson, who did the first aerial survey of the Grand Canyon and won the first cross-country aerial race in 489 hours, 14 minutes and 8 seconds in 1919. He died preparing for another race in 1924 when one of his plane‘s ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 4, 2004

Pearson Air Museum
1115 E 5th
Portland, Oregon 98661
(360) 694-7026

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

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Attraction | "Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)"

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Photo, Portland, Oregon
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Oregon Museum of Science & Industry‘s regular Exhibit Halls and Labs let visitors explore science and technology with hands-on activities and demonstrations, lectures and events. --Experience being a TV-weatherman using the Chroma-Key lab. --Watch holograms being made from scratch. --Visit Bubba, a 13-foot Python, and other creatures. --Discovery Space (closes at 5pm) and Busytown are special sections dedicated to younger explorers. OMSI frequently hosts touring exhibits of interest. Currently it’s a murder mystery -- T-Rex on Tria...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 14, 2004

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
1945 South East Water Avenue
Portland, Oregon
(503) 797-0002