There is no better place to see why they call Portland The City of Roses than its 4.5-acre (1.8-hectare) floral feature, the International Rose Test Garden. Part of Washington Park, the garden is set on terraces in the West Hills overlooking the city, about three miles from Downtown Portland. It’s the oldest of its kind in the United States.
Established in 1917, the garden became a haven to preserve roses sent from war-ravaged Europe. Today, it’s an official site to test varieties for color, fragrance and pest resistance before they are named and released onto the market.
See what makes a winning rose in the Gold Medal Garden, planted with all the best new blooms of previous years. Try to pick out next years winner in the rose-testing beds with a collection of yet-to-be-named varieties.
Take in the classical beauty of the Shakespeare Garden, once filled exclusively with the trees, flowers and herbs mentioned in the great bard’s plays. Because of the many trees in this area, most of the original plants have been replaced with shade-tolerant varieties. Shakespeare is still represented, however, by several rose species named in his honor.
At the foot of the garden you’ll find Queen’s Walk, a pathway lined with bronze plaques naming the present and past queens of the annual Portland Rose Festival.
Roses are in bloom from June to October, but summer is definitely the best time to visit. June usually has the most spectacular floral displays and for the first two weeks of the month, free plays and classical music concerts are held in the amphitheater.
All year round you’ll find the garden a wonderful place to picnic and take photographs, especially on a clear day when there’s a superb view of Mount Hood.
The garden is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free as are the guided tours led by volunteers.
This casual, intimate hotel overlooks Director Park and is located in the heart of downtown Portland near concert halls, art museums, Pioneer Square shopping, restaurants, and MAX Light rail and trolley.
Located in the downtown core of both the financial and artistic core of the city, The Heathman Hotel is within a few blocks of Pioneer Courthouse Square, City Hall, and the renowned Pearl district.
This boutique hotel is in downtown's shopping and business district, 5 blocks from the Pioneer Place Mall, 8 blocks from the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, and 9 blocks from the Portland Art Museum.
Built in 1912, this eight-story downtown hotel is two blocks from the MAX light rail line and the Willamette River. Portland Saturday Market, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and Voodoo Doughnuts are nearby.
Set in the entertainment and business district, this hotel is within walking distance of the shops, theaters, and offices of downtown Portland. Pioneer Courthouse Square is just a block away.
Located in Portland's Nob Hill district, this extended-stay hotel is within walking distance of downtown. JELD-WEN Field, home of the Portland Timbers soccer team, is also nearby.
Located in Downtown Portland, this family-friendly Portland hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Dreamer and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Portland State University and Pioneer Courthouse Square are also within 1 mi (2 km).
A tribute to Hollywood's Golden Age, this downtown Portland hotel is 5 blocks from the Pearl District, full of shops, bars, bistros, and galleries, and 8 blocks from Pioneer Courthouse Square.