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Oregon Zoo

Awesome beasts native to America have a home alongside exotic and endangered species from around the world at this picturesque Portland attraction.

Gaze at the majestic big cats of Africa, see an underwater view of the flooded Amazon Forest and enjoy the graceful spectacle of the Asian elephants at the Oregon Zoo.

Reserve at least half a day to see the 64-acre (26-hectare) zoo in Washington Park in the West Hills. There are five main exhibit areas to explore: the Great Northwest, Pacific Shores, Fragile Forests, Asia and Africa. 

In the Asia exhibit, you won’t miss those highly sociable giants, the Asian elephants. For 50 years the zoo has been successfully breeding this endangered species, which is smaller and heavier than the African elephant. This exhibit also has island pigs of Asia. In order to see the nocturnal Malayan sun bears, take advantage of ZooSnooze and spend the night at the zoo September to mid-June, Tuesdays through Saturdays (except holidays).

At the Fragile Forests exhibit, look out for the green anaconda in the shallow waters of the Amazon Flooded Forest. Out of the water, you might see toucans, howler monkeys or an ocelot.

One of the zoo’s cutest critters, the sea otter, is at the Pacific Shores exhibit in Steller Cove. Pacific Shores also has polar bears, penguins and the fascinating Insects Zoo. Try to find the Australian walking stick or hear the Madagascar hissing cockroach.

If you need to rest your feet, hop on the Zoo Loop, a train tracking a 1-mile (1.6 kilometer) route around the zoo’s perimeter (note: animals are not visible from the train). Trains also head further afield to the International Rose Test Garden on the Washington Park and Zoo Railway line. 

In winter, the trains are decorated as part of the Zoolights show, when the zoo becomes a wonderland of trees laden with lights. During summer, attend one of the many concerts on the lawn.  

Prices on the second Tuesday of every month are discounted but these days do get busy. Surprisingly, the zoo isn’t a bad place to visit in the rain as most of the exhibits offer some shelter as you watch the animals.


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Mark Spencer Hotel $111
Mark Spencer Hotel

Mark Spencer Hotel

409 Sw 11th Ave, Portland, OR
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Powell's City of Books, Roseland Theater, and Pioneer Courthouse Square. Portland Art Museum and Portland State University are also within 1 mi (2 km). Galleria-SW 10th Avenue Station is only a 4-minute walk and Library-SW 9th Avenue Station is 6 minutes.

    Staypineapple, Hotel Rose, Downtown Portland $110
    Staypineapple, Hotel Rose, Downtown Portland

    Staypineapple, Hotel Rose, Downtown Portland

    50 SW Morrison Street, Portland, OR
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is steps from Yamhill National Historic District and Mill Ends Park. World Trade Center and Tom McCall Waterfront Park are also within 5 minutes. Yamhill District Station and Morrison-SW 3rd Avenue Station are within a 2-minute walk.

      Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Portland-Pearl District $135
      Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Portland-Pearl District

      Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Portland-Pearl District

      354 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Pearl District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Powell's City of Books, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and Providence Park. Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Moda Center are also within 1 mi (2 km). NW 6th-Davis Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Union Station-NW 6th and Hoyt Street Station is 6 minutes.

        The Duniway Portland A Hilton Hotel $179
        The Duniway Portland A Hilton Hotel

        The Duniway Portland A Hilton Hotel

        545 SW Taylor St, Portland, OR
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Portland, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland Art Museum, and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Keller Auditorium and Roseland Theater are also within 10 minutes. Pioneer Square South Station and Pioneer Place-SW 5th Avenue Station are within a 2-minute walk.

          Park Lane Suites and Inn $80
          Park Lane Suites and Inn

          Park Lane Suites and Inn

          809 Sw King Avenue, Portland, OR
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Goose Hollow, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Providence Park, Portland Art Museum, and Portland Japanese Garden. Roseland Theater and Pioneer Courthouse Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kings Hill-SW Salmon Street Station is 7 minutes by foot and Goose Hollow-SW Jefferson Street Station is 7 minutes.

            The Benson, a Coast Hotel $159
            The Benson, a Coast Hotel

            The Benson, a Coast Hotel

            309 SW Broadway, Portland, OR
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Portland, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Powell's City of Books, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and Portland Saturday Market. Lan Su Chinese Garden and Portland Art Museum are also within 15 minutes. SW 6th-Pine Street Station is only a 2-minute walk and SW 5th-Oak Street Station is 2 minutes.

              Radisson RED Portland Downtown $144
              Radisson RED Portland Downtown

              Radisson RED Portland Downtown

              1455 S.W. Broadway, Portland, OR
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland Art Museum, and Portland State University. Keller Auditorium and Pioneer Courthouse Square are also within 10 minutes. SW 6th-Madison Street Station and City Hall-SW 5th and Jefferson Street Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                West Hills Perfection, 3 Miles to Pearl District, 4 Miles to Downtown Portland, Huge Forested Deck
                West Hills Perfection, 3 Miles to Pearl District, 4 Miles to Downtown Portland, Huge Forested Deck

                West Hills Perfection, 3 Miles to Pearl District, 4 Miles to Downtown Portland, Huge Forested Deck

                Portland, OR
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Sylvan-Highlands, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of World Forestry Center and Oregon Zoo. Portland Japanese Garden and Portland Art Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km). Washington Park Station is 17 minutes by foot.