For an example of Oregon’s celebrated laid-back attitude, look no further than Portland. Small, clean, and accessible, this “City of Roses” is home to many botanical beauties, including South Park Blocks, Forest Park, and a Japanese Garden. Situated at the convergence of two rivers, Portland charms visitors with its many brewpubs, art-house theaters, and restaurants–especially in the Hawthorne District. A short drive away are hiking and skiing at Mount Hood or world-renowned windsurfing on the Gorge.
Parks, gardens, and other greenspace offerings in the Portland area range from undeveloped places meant for viewing (and preserving) wildlife and nature to the thoroughly urban brick-lined, award-winning Pioneer Courthouse Square, from the 452-square-inches of Mill Ends (world’s smallest park) to the 5,000-plus-acres of Forest Park (world’s largest urban wilderness).
Mt Tabor’s covers an extinct volcano, while large Washington Park contains other parks, gardens, museums, memorials, and the zoo. There are athletic fields and facilities, aquatics centers and swimming pools, gardens for pleasure and for productivity–even one meant to help recover memory–places catering to children and to dogs, places for leisure and for learning, places to people watch or to be alone… in other words, something for everyone.