Any vacation trip to Oregon has to begin with (where else/) Portland, which claims the lion's share of popular tourist attractions within the state, beginning with the city's top-rated city parks including Waterfront Park for breathtaking views of the city skyline,
Washington Park -- home to Portland's renowned International Rose Test Garden featuring acres of new hybrid roses introduced by the American Rose Society. Also don't miss a stop at the Japanese Garden located within the park to cool your heels after a busy day of sightseeing.
Other must-see outdoor attractions around Portland include the family-friendly Oregon Zoo, and the impressive Portland Classical Chinese Garden in the city's Chinatown district boasting the largest garden of its kind outside of China.
While in Portland, also don't miss a pleasant day trip to roaringly famous Multnomah Falls to explore the region's impressive natural beauty outside the city.
Top Oregon tourist attractions include the International Rose Test Garden in Portland (left), scenic drives along Pacific Coast Highway 101
(middle); and outdoor adventures around Mount Hood.
Meanwhile, for Oregonians, major scenic Oregon vacation spots are found all along the Columbia River area including Mount Hood with a multitude of opportunities for camping and spring river rafting.
Portland knows how to kick off summer at the
Portland Rose Festival with a big parade, carnival
rides, music concerts, fleet week, dragon boat
races, and a popular city-wide treasure hunt!
Just up ahead, check out our 2024 Oregon travel calender featuring memorable events and major festivals happening throughout the state with dates, locations and official links for more information.
May 24 - June 8, 2024 -- Portland Rose Festival Portland -- A two-week jamboree including the Grand Floral Parade, Starlight Parade, Queen’s Coronation, CityFair and Fleet Week!
June 22 - June 23, 2024 --Lincoln City Kite Festival Lincoln City - Thrill to octopuses, whales and other creatures swooping through the skies at Lincoln City's summer festival.
July 4 - July 7, 2024 -- Waterfront Blues Festival Waterfront Park Portland - Head for the shores of the Willamette River for a blue 4th of July celebration, with singers and musicians on four stages or hop aboard the traditional Blues Cruise along with late night shows for night owls.
August 1 - August 4, 2024-- Pickathon Experiential Music Festival Pendarvis Farm, Happy Valley - Just east of Portland, enjoy pickin' strummin' and singin' along with a party atmosphere and delicious festival food.
August 23 - September 2, 2024 -- Oregon State Fair Salem - Close out the summer in Salem with fried fair food, carnival rides, farm animals and a petting zoo
about Oregon tourist attractions around the Web:
Travel Oregon - Nicely done & designed with easy-to-use guides to Oregon history & culture, a
complete trip planner including maps, pictures, hotel & restaurant guides,
browseable by region with information on major attractions.
Oregon Visitors Association - Focusing on the Bend area and nearby attractions
with information on hotels & restaurants, sports, recreations & kid-friendly
activities, photo gallery, maps. weather forecasts.
Oregon Visitors Association - A guide to the entire city with major &
nearby attractions, day trips, hotel & restaurant guides, entertainment, nightlife,
sports events, event calendar, visitor tips, maps & pictures.