Cathedral Park

Cathedral Park which includes a garden and a bridge
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Go on a scenic walk or bicycle ride, browse public art and attend popular cultural events at this attractive riverfront park.

Get connected with nature and take a refreshing break on a visit to Cathedral Park. This 23-acre (9-hectare) urban oasis is nestled on the banks of the Willamette River beneath the towering St. John's Bridge, a steel suspension bridge that spans the waterway.

Note the park’s historical significance. It is thought to have been one of the landing sites in the Vancouver-Portland area of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. This took place between 1804 and 1806 as the group explored land west of the Mississippi River that had been purchased from the French.

Follow the Cathedral Park Loop, a 2-mile (3-kilometer) trail through the park. Walk beneath the gothic arches of the bridge after which the park is named because of their cathedral-like appearance.

While you’re near the bridge, check out the Drawing on the River, a 40-foot-long (12-meter) steel sculpture that contains a music box at each end. Push the buttons and listen to the melodies.

Visit the Wall of History in the Memorial Garden. Somewhere behind the bricks is a time capsule from 1980 that includes ash from the Mount St. Helens volcano eruption that occurred that year. The capsule is due to be opened in 2030. Its exact location is known only to staff of the Oregon History Center.

Wander among the trees and try to identify some of the species. More than 400 trees are dotted across the landscape. Among them are evergreen conifers that are native to the Pacific Northwest. Bring food and refreshments with you and lay out your spread on one of the picnic tables.

If you are in the area during mid July, visit the park for the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, a free annual 3-day jazz and blues festival at the base of the bridge.

Cathedral Park is located in the neighborhood of the same name, about a 30-minute drive or 1-hour bike ride from downtown Portland. Alternatively, arrive by bus from the city center.

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Motel 6 Portland, OR - North
2 out of 5
1125 N Schmeer Rd, Portland, OR, 97217
The price is $82 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
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Motel 6 Portland, OR - North
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Portland NW
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Portland NW
2.5 out of 5
4319 NW Yeon Avenue, Portland, OR, 97210
The price is $140 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 12
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Oxford Suites Portland - Jantzen Beach
Oxford Suites Portland - Jantzen Beach
3 out of 5
12226 N JANTZEN DRIVE, Portland, OR, 97217
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2.5 out of 5
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The price is $140 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 12
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Oxford Suites Portland - Jantzen Beach
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3 out of 5
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The price is $128 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
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Motel 6 Portland, OR - North
Motel 6 Portland, OR - North
2 out of 5
1125 N Schmeer Rd, Portland, OR, 97217
The price is $82 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
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Best Western Inn At The Meadows
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2.5 out of 5
1215 N Hayden Meadows Dr, Portland, OR, 97217
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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Portland-Jantzen Beach, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
2300 N Hayden Island Dr, Portland, OR, 97217
The price is $110 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
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Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Portland Delta Park, OR
2.5 out of 5
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Holiday Inn Portland Columbia Riverfront, an IHG hotel
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3 out of 5
909 N Hayden Island Dr, Portland, OR, 97217
The price is $132 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 11
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Rodeway Inn & Suites Portland - Jantzen Beach
2 out of 5
1401 N Hayden Island Dr, Portland, OR, 97217
The price is $87 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
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