East Multnomah County/Gresham is the gateway to Mount Hood, Mount Hood
National Forest, and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. In
addition to outdoor wonders, the Portland East County communities share
a variety of year-round attractions to please all ages.
Multnomah Falls Falls
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Falls Lodge Information
Located in the Columbia River Gorge, this breathtaking falls in just 20
minutes east of Gresham.
The Pearl District
Historic industrial buildings have been transformed into unique retail
storefronts, restaurants, galleries, lofts and townhouses in Portland's
premier shopping district. The Pearl is the destination for creative
cuisine, home furnishings, art and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Take a
break from touring and shopping and relax at one of our picturesque
sidewalk cafes. Or enjoy the fountains in Jamison Square. More than 100
shops, restaurants and galleries are open year-round, seven days a
week. Easily accessible, The Pearl District is only a short walk or
streetcar ride from downtown Portland; adjacent to I-405.
Portland Rose Gardens www.rosegardenstore.com
Portland is home to the three public rose gardens. Offering a
spectacular view of the "City of Roses," the 4.5 acre International
Rose Test Garden in Washington Park is one of the largest and oldest
rose test gardens in the country. The Peninsula Park Rose Garden is a
formal sunken garden featuring masses of fragrant blooms. It is easily
accessible off I-5 at the Portland Boulevard Exit. The Ladd's Addition
garden, in the historic southeast Portland district, is home to many
old-time varieties of roses. The Rose Garden Store (adjacent of the
test garden) offers a variety of rose-related items.
Japanese Garden www.japanesegarden.com
Tucked above the International Rose Test Garden, the Japanese Garden
has been proclaimed one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside
Japan. Five traditional garden styles, an authentic tea house and a
pavilion combine to capture the mood of ancient Japan. A haven of
tranquil beauty, the garden covers 5.5 acres and has a magnificent view
of Portland and the surrounding mountains. Open daily, April 1 through
September 30, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.; October 1 through March 31, 10 a.m.-4
p.m. Open Mondays at noon. Admission: $6.50 adults; $5 seniors; $4
students; free to children 5 and younger.
The Grotto www.thegrotto.org
A peaceful oasis in the midst of the city, The Grotto is set among 62
acres of botanical gardens. As an internationally renowned Catholic
sanctuary, The Grotto offers a place of peace and quiet reflection for
all people. More than 100 beautifully sculpted statues and shrines are
nestled among flower-lined pathways winding under towering firs.
Peaceful reflection ponds, spectacular cliffside vistas and
award-winning architecture offer inspiration for all who visit this
natural gallery in the woods. Gardens and gift shop are open daily;
group tours and daily Mass are also offered. Open year-round; hours
vary. Call for more information.
Portland Spirit www.portlandspirit.com
Cruise the scenic Willamette River and enjoy the beauty of Portland's
downtown skyline and riverside. The crew of the Portland Spirit look
forward to welcoming you aboard for a cruise filled with fun and
relaxation. Temperature-controlled decks, full-service bars, and live
entertainment will make your cruise a memorable one. Kids (ages 4-12)
receive half price on lunch and brunch cruises. Reservations required.
Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge & Marine Park www.sternwheeler.com
The Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge offers tours year-round in the heart of
the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Boarding from the town
of Cascade Locks (just 45 minutes east of Portland), the Columbia Gorge
riverboat is an authentic, triple-deck paddle wheeler that features
sightseeing, champagne brunch cruises, evening dinner trips, and a
variety of holiday and special events.
Pittock Mansion www.pittockmansion.com
Experience the charm of a lost era as you marvel at the beauty and
history of Pittock Mansion. Learn about Henry and Georgiana Pittock and
the estate that symbolizes the growth of Portland. Admire remarkable
antique furnishings and fine arts set in a 1914 National Historic
Register property. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy a sweeping view of
mountains, rivers and the city. And don't forget your camera. Located
just five minutes from downtown Portland off West Burnside Street. Open
daily: June through August, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; September through May,
noon-4 p.m. Closed January and some holidays. Admission charged.
Oregon Historical Society www.ohs.org
In the heart of Portland's Cultural District, the Oregon Historical
Society houses treasures of the Northwest, a priceless collection that
tells the story of Oregon from its earliest people to the present day.
Visit Oregon My Oregon, the Hayes Maritime Gallery, Historic Vehicles
in Miniature, and other fascinating exhibits designed for visitors of
all ages. Exhibits feature artwork, artifacts, photographs, audiovisual
presentations and hands-on displays for children. The Museum Store
offers a wide selection of distinctive Northwest gifts.
Willamette Jetboat Excursions www.willamettejet.com
See Portland's waterfront and more aboard the Willamette Jetboats.
Enjoy the area's sights, history and scenic beauty while experiencing
the fun and excitement found only in a jetboat. See giant ships,
bridges, elegant riverfront homes, historic Oregon City and the
majestic Willamette Falls. Two-hour excursions start at $28 for adults;
with lower prices for children. One-hour trips are also available in
July and August. Reservations highly recommended.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) www.omsi.edu
Imagine a place where you can journey to the outer reaches of the
galaxy, feel the power of an earthquake, climb aboard a real submarine,
uncover a fossil, surf the Internet, enter the world of virtual
reality, or travel the globe in a five-story domed theater. You can
also enjoy a view of the city while dining at the riverside cafe or
find the perfect gift at the Science Store. With more than 200 hands-on
exhibits, there is something for everyone. Touch, explore, question and
discover at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), located
on Portland's waterfront. Open year-round; hours vary.
Clackamas Town Center www.clackamastowncenter.com
With more than 1.2 million square feet of retail space, Clackamas Town
Center offers a wonderful shopping, entertainment and dining
experience. Spend the day shopping in the 185 stores or enjoy a
relaxing meal at one of the restaurants. Enjoy tax-free shopping at
Oregon's only Meier & Frank Home Store, at Nordstrom, Abercrombie
& Fitch, Ann Taylor Loft, and many more. Take the kids to The
Children's Place and Gymboree, while teens enjoy Hollister, Forever 21,
Zumiez and Aéropostale. Conveniently located off I-205,
Center is only minutes from downtown Portland and the Portland
Oregon Zoo www.oregonzoo.org
Trek through the tropics amid the sounds of birds, monkeys and other
creatures. You're not in West Africa; you're in Portland at the zoo's
African Rain Forest exhibit. After you've survived the steamy tropics,
dry off in the savanna, where giraffes, rhinos and hippos graze. From
the tundra's of Alaska to the coastal waters of Peru, you'll travel
around the world in an afternoon. Open daily at 9 a.m.; closing hours
are seasonal. Admission: $8 adults (ages 12-64); $6.50 seniors (ages
65+); $5 children (ages 3-11); free to children two and younger. Five
minutes from downtown Portland off Highway 26 West, or take MAX light
Portland Classical Chinese Garden www.portlandchinesegarden.org
Lan Su Yuan "Garden of Awakening Orchids," is the realization of a
friendship project with Portland's Chinese sister city of Suzhou. Never
twice the same, this urban oasis will engage all your senses with its
exquisite landscaping, poetic couplets and pavilions. Overlooking the
lake, the garden's tea house features 35 authentic loose-leaf tea
varieties and Chinese snacks.
Portland Saturday Market www.saturdaymarket.org
Stroll down row upon row of local handcrafted items and homemade foods.
The Portland Saturday Market - open Sundays too - is the nation's
largest open-air crafts market. Portland Saturday Market prides itself
on featuring items that are displayed and sold by the people who made
them. Talk directly to the artists and learn about their creative
styles and products. Rain or shine, the market is open Saturday (10
a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) from March 6 to December
24. Located in historic Old Town under the west end of the Burnside
Bridge. See our website for event schedules and online shopping.
Lloyd Center www.lloydcentermall.com
Spread over 50 acres, Lloyd Center is the biggest mall in Oregon,
offering tax-free shopping at more than 200 specialty shops and service
providers, including Meier & Frank, Sears, Nordstrom, Marshalls,
Toys "R" Us and Barnes & Noble. A food court, an indoor ice-skating
rink, and 18 movie screens offer food and entertainment. As part of
"Fareless Square," the mall is easily accessible by bus and light rail.
Complimentary strollers and wheelchairs are available. Open
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Columbia Gorge Premium Outlets www.premiumoutlets.com/columbiagorge
Visit Columbia Gorge Premium Outlets and discover your favorite brands
at savings of 25-65 percent. Adidas, Carter's, Gap Outlet, Harry and
David, Izod, Le Gourmet Chef, Levi's, Mikasa, OshKosh and Samsonite are
among the more than 45 stores featured. Columbia Gorge Premium Outlets
is located just 15 minutes east of downtown Portland. Take I-84 east to
Exit 17, Troutdale. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10
a.m.-6 p.m. Check for seasonal hours.