Mount Tabor Park#13 in Best Things To Do in Portland, OR
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Mount Tabor is a dormant volcanic cinder cone located 5 miles east of downtown Portland. It may sound like a trek, but the scenery is well worth it, according to reviewers. At its summit, Mount Tabor provides vistas of both downtown and Mount Hood. Travelers can choose one of three trails that takes them to the top of Mount Tabor and around the park. Along the trails, you'll see three reservoirs, which used to be the source of the city's drinking water and a statue of Harvey W. Scott, longtime editor of the Oregonian. If views and hiking don't interest you, maybe this will: Mount Tabor Park is home to the Portland Adult Soapbox Derby. Each year on the third Saturday in August, racers in wacky cars zoom down the park's hills for a chance to win the top spot.
Past travelers relished the long walks they took through Mount Tabor Park. The breathtaking views are repeatedly mentioned by visitors. Know that you'll do a lot of uphill walking before you reach that reward, however.
Mount Tabor Park is free to all and is open 5 a.m. to midnight daily. Driving to the park is an option, though there is only one parking lot and limited street parking available. Visitors should instead bike or take the No. 15 bus to the park. Restrooms, picnic tables and a playground are also available on-site. For more information, visit the City of Portland website.
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#1 Washington Park
Many critics, travelers and locals agree that of all of Portland's parks (and they are numerous), Washington Park is perhaps the best. Home to such notable landscaping feats as the Portland Japanese Garden and the International Rose Test Garden, as well as the World Forestry Center, Hoyt Arboretum and several memorials dedicated to pivotal points in Oregon's history.
There are also family-friendly attractions like the Oregon Zoo and Portland Children's Museum along with a large playground, soccer fields, tennis courts and an archery range. Just make sure you save plenty of time for a leisurely stroll down one of the many shady paths, which are often decorated with flower displays and fountains.