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Don't-Miss Destinations in Portland, Oregon

Four must see places in Portland, Oregon.

visitors on a paved path through Portland's International Rose Test Garden, picture
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Revel in the International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon.

• Escape the city without leaving it at Portland's Forest Park, the largest urban forest in the United States. Wend your way along 80 miles of paths, including its best-known route, the Wildwood Trail, which travels the entire length of the park through trilliums and ferns.

• Meet Queen Elizabeth and Betty Boop (their floral incarnations, that is) at the International Rose Test Garden. From about late May to mid-November, more than 10,000 roses unfurl their buds, releasing a heady scent into the air and dappling the landscape in yellows, pinks, purples, reds, and creams.

• Where can you climb aboard a submarine, track a swirling hurricane, and watch your face age 25 years in one day? At OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Set on the east bank of the Willamette River, the museum comprises five halls brimming with interactive exhibits and displays.

• It's called the City of Books for a reason: The downtown Portland location of Powell's Books occupies an entire block, making it the largest new and used bookstore in the world. More than 1 million volumes reside in 3,500 sections spread over nine color-coded rooms. In the Rare Book Room, gilt-spined first editions stand on shelves of dark wood.

More: Read our article on Portland or Seattle?

This article was first published in November 2016. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.