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Covered Bridges

Cedar Crossing Bridge
When Multnomah County officials wanted a covered bridge, they built one to replace an earlier uncovered bridge. It is not supported by a wooden truss, but by a laminated stringer.

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Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
SE 28 Avenue, (one block north of Woodstock), Portland, OR  97202, phone: 503-771-8386, email: [email protected]
Located on seven acres in a  beautiful woodland setting, the pathways of Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden wind invitingly through more than 2,500 rhododendrons, azaleas, and companion plants. Beginning in early spring and continuing into summer, they provide a magnificent display of color, giving visitors the opportunity to view many varieties rarely seen in the Pacific Northwest. During the fall, many companion trees add dramatic coloring. Spring-fed Crystal Springs Lake surrounds much of the garden, attracting many species of birds and waterfowl.

Elk Rock Gardens
The Bishop's Close, 11800 SW Military Lane at State Route 43, Portland, OR 97219-8436 (503)636-5613 or (800)452-2562.

Hoyt Arboretum
Bureau of Parks, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Portland, OR 97221 (503)823-3655.
Explore a world of trees at Hoyt Arboretum.  Perched on the ridge overlooking the Oregon Zoo, this 175-acre arboretum displays more than 900 species of trees and shrubs, including one of the nation's largest conifer collections.  Ten miles of gentle trails wind through this living exhibit past hundreds of plants from distant places.

International Rose Test Garden
400 SW Kingston, Portland, OR 97201 (503)796-5193 or (503)248-4302.

Japanese Garden
Washington Park, 611 SW Kingston and Washington Park Drive, Portland, OR 97201 (503)223-4070.
Portland's internationally recognized Japanese Garden beckons visitors from home and abroad to enter its unique confines. Little more than thirty years old, it represents a melding of Japanese traditional garden forms with American hurry. When measured against its inspirational precursors in Japan, many of which are hundreds of years old, the Portland garden has come to a maturity with blinding swiftness. What the visitor sees today is the result of the efforts by hundreds of dedicated persons who have given years of time and care and foresight to match the vision that a group of Portland civic and political leaders had as the 1950s turned into the 1960s.

Ladd's Circle, Squares and Rose Gardens
SE Ladd & Harrison, Portland, OR 97214.

Leach Botanical Garden
6704 SE 122nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97236 (503)761-9503.
Leach Botanical Garden is sometimes referred to as Portland's best kept secret. It is an undiscovered treasure with an incredibly unique geologic past and quaint personal history. For such a small parcel of property it boasts much diversity. Since the land was placed in the stewardship of the City of Portland and Leach Garden Friends, the property has expanded from the original 4.5 acres to a little over 15 acres. The landscape of the Garden represents not only the desires and interests of John and Lilla Leach, but also has a dynamic representation of expansion, diversity, and ongoing change being nurtured by loving volunteers. The plant collections are mostly what you find in any natural area in the Pacific Northwest - mainly a coniferous forest with varying underbrush. However, there are also many different types of shrubs and trees native to Asia and the southeastern part of the United States, a special interest of Lilla's. Visitors are encouraged to wander their way through more than a mile of trails in this exquisite collection of botanical plants and trees.

The Berry Botanic Garden
11505 SW Summerville Avenue, Portland, OR 97219-8309 (503)636-4112
Our garden began as the personal collection of a remarkable plants woman, Rae Selling Berry (1881-1976). We maintain and expand this extraordinary landscape in the service of education, conservation and horticulture. Plants from around the world mingle with those of the Pacific Northwest. Stroll the native plant trail and learn about gardening for wildlife. The largest public rock garden on the West coast is a beautiful place to view flowers of the mountains. See uncommon trees, primulas, rhododendrons and more. 

The Garden of Awakening Orchids (Lan Su Yuan, The Classical Chinese Garden)
NW 3rd and Everett, Portland, OR  (503)228-8131.

The Grotto
National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, NE 85th and Sandy Boulevard, P.O. Box 20008, Portland, OR 97294-0008 (503)254-7371.
The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, a beautiful 62 acre Catholic Shrine and botanical garden, is located in Portland, Oregon.  The Grotto (as it is commonly called) is a non-profit Oregon corporation, supported solely by the proceeds of its gift shop and by donations. It is administered by the Friars of the Order of Servants of Mary.

Peninsula Park and Rose Gardens
N Albina & Portland Boulevard, Portland, OR 97217.
The rose garden is one of Portland's most beautiful formal rose gardens, with 8,900 plantings on a two-acre site. Upon entering the park from Ainsworth and Albina Streets, visitors are greeted by magnificent plantings of 65 rose varieties which border the steps leading to the sunken rose garden, the only one in Oregon. The rose garden was the showplace of its time, with 300,000 visitors in the first year alone. The official Portland rose, named Mme. Caroline Testout, is maintained in the garden. Once planted by the thousands along the streets of Portland, this rose earned Portland the name 'City of Roses.'

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American Advertising Museum
211 NW Fifth Ave. and Davis St., Portland, Oregon 97209, phone: 503-226-0000

Bybee House & Howell Territorial Park
Sauvie Island, Portland, Oregon, phone: 503-222-1741

Children's Museum   
44015 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221, phone: (503) 223-6500

Kidd Toy Museum
1327 SE Grand Ave, Portland, Oregon, phone: 503-233-7807

Lilah Callen Holden Elephant Museum at the Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, Oregon, phone: 503-226-1561

Museum Company, The
700 SW 5th Ave, Portland, Oregon, phone: 503-223-0069

Northwest Rail Museum
Portland, Oregon, phone: 503-244-4449

OMSI -- Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, Oregon, phone: 503-797-4000
Founded in 1944 and one of the nation's top ten science museums, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a world-class tourist attraction and educational resource that puts the "WOW!" in science for the kid in each of us. Five exhibit halls and eight science labs offer 219,000 square feet of brain-powered fun through hundreds of interactive exhibits and hands-on demonstrations. OMSI's multi-attraction complex features a big screen OMNIMAX® Theater, the Northwest's largest planetarium, and the USS Blueback, the last fast-attack, diesel-powered submarine built by the U.S. Navy and after serving for 31 years, the last of its kind to be decommissioned. In addition to enjoying one of the featured exhibits at temporary display at OMSI, you can touch a tornado, uncover a fossil, surf the internet, enter the world of virtual

Oregon Jewish Museum
310 NW Davis St., Portland, Oregon, phone: 503-226-5224
The Oregon Jewish Museum was founded in 1989 by a volunteer group, committed to providing Oregon with a museum dedicated to Jewish art and history, During the five first years, our focus was to build a membership, create a strong Board of Directors and bring traveling exhibits of Jewish content to this area.

Oregon Maritime Center & Museum
113 SW Front, Portland, Oregon, phone: 503-224-7724

Oregon Sports Hall Of Fame Museum
900 SW 5th Ave, Portland, Oregon, phone: 503-227-7466

Pittock Mansion  
3229 NW Pittock Drive, Portland, OR  97210, phone: 503-823-3624, email: [email protected]
Once the private home of Henry Louis Pittock, founder of The Oregonian, this 22-room house was built in 1914. The mansion sits 1,000 feet above sea level and commands a view of five mountains in the Cascade Range. It is an outstanding architectural achievement, combining fine plasterwork, cut and polished marbles, cast bronze, and superbly crafted hardwoods and paneling. The house is completely furnished with antique furniture and objets d'art appropriate to its 17th, 18th, and 19th century French and English designs.

Portland Children's Museum
3037 SW Second Ave., Portland, Oregon, phone: 503-823-2227

U F O Museum
1637 SW Alder St, Portland, Oregon, phone: 503-227-2975

Washington County Historical Society & Museum
17677 NW Springville Rd, Portland, Oregon, phone: 503-645-5353

World Forestry Center Museum
4033 SW Canyon Rd., Portland, Oregon, phone: 503-228-1367
Our 20,000 square foot museum is located in Portland's beautiful Washington Park. Built in dramatic Cascadian style architecture, you'll marvel at the intricate hand carvings and grand entry outside, and delight in all new exhibits inside. The museum reopened on June 30, 2005 after a $7 million, 6-month renovation. All new hands-on, interactive exhibits are family friendly and designed to engage visitors to learn about the sustainability of forests and trees of the Pacific Northwest and around the world. The World Forestry Center owns and operates two working forests donated to us by landowners who wanted to ensure their properties would be protected from development and managed according to the principles of sustainable forestry.

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State Parks

Government Island State Recreation Area
Access to Government Island (in the Columbia River northeast of Portland) is by boat only. There are two docks and a floating tie-up on the north side of the island.  With 15 miles of shoreline and a free primitive campground, the park is popular with anglers. The interior of the island is still used as a cattle ranch and also contains protected natural areas. Entry to the interior is prohibited.

Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site
Located at the western gateway of the Columbia River Gorge, Lewis & Clark State Park appropriately honors its legendary namesakes who camped and explored here in November, 1805. The park is situated near the mouth of the Sandy River where it spills into the mighty Columbia River and at one of the entrances to the Historic Columbia River Highway. A flat, grassy, tree-dotted park invites blankets and sun-lovers to come spend a leisurely day.

Tryon Creek State Natural Area
Located only minutes from downtown Portland is Oregon's only state park within a major metropolitan area. Everyday, visitors come to hike or stroll Tryon Creek State Park's nature trails through the verdant ravine between Boones Ferry Road and Terwilliger Boulevard in southwest Portland. Cyclists of all ages bike along the paved trail on the park's eastern edge, stopping along the way to admire a trillium.

Willamette Stone State Heritage Site
Every bit of Oregon (and the United States, for that matter), is divided into a grid. At several places across the nation, the government established a land survey starting point (called a meridian) and drew the grid lines from there. What is the Willamette Stone? It's the starting point for all the land surveying west of the Cascade Mountains in both Oregon and Washington. It's the "zero point" for the Willamette Meridian.

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