Multnomah Falls#12 in Best Things To Do in Portland, OR
At 620 feet tall, the Multnomah Falls are not for the faint of heart. Visitors have the option of climbing a 1/4-mile trail to reach Benson Bridge, which gives them a closer look at the falls and is at the crux of the first tier. Another steep, mile-long hike will take travelers to the top of the falls for incredible views of the Columbia River Gorge. The Multnomah Falls Lodge, located at the base of the falls, has a gift shop, restrooms and a restaurant for patrons to enjoy before or after their hike.
Recent visitors unanimously agreed that the falls are a must-see attraction. Reviewers also said the difficult hike to the top is well worth the trip. According to travelers, you should be prepared for crowds and try to go as early as possible to avoid the deluge of tourists.
Multnomah Falls are located about 30 miles east of Portland and are free to visit year-round. The information center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The lodge is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The falls are located off Interstate 84. Parking is limited, especially during the summer. Those wishing to visit the falls and avoid the hassle of parking should take the Columbia Gorge Express shuttle. For more information, including road and trail closures near the falls, visit the US Forest Service's 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.
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