Traveler’s Tips for Portland

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If you’re going on an adventure to Portland, Oregon, let On Air Parking give you some traveler’s tips on things to do, things to see, and things to eat. Portland is proud to have tons of attractions, most notably their gardens.

Must-See Gardens

Portland has some of the best gardens sure to thrill a botanist’s heart.

Portland Japanese Garden

The first on our list is the Portland Japanese Gardens, which is one of the most authentic Japanese gardens that isn’t in Asia itself. It’s tucked into the West Hills, and covers a sprawling twelve acres. It includes a tea house, wandering streams, gorgeous walkways, and a positively breath-taking view of Mount Hood. Some of the plants include huge Alaskan cedar trees, Japanese red and black pine trees, cherries, floating dogwood, Japanese and vine maple, rhododendrons, azaleas, and wisterias. Admissions for adults are $21.95, while admissions for seniors (65+) are $18.95. Students with ID can enter for $17.95, and children ages 6-17 enter for $15.95. Admission is free for members and children under 5.

Portland International Rose Test Garden

The Portland International Rose Test Garden is the longest-running rose test garden, conceived in 1915 by an editor of Oregon Journal named Jesse A. Currey. The park is split into small sections, such as the Royal Rosarian Garden, the Shakespeare Garden, and the Miniature Rose Garden. The best part? Admission is completely free for the park, and it’s open from 7:30am-9pm daily.

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

If you’re charmed by gorgeous rhododendron flowers like those in the Portland Japanese Garden, delight yourself further by visiting Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. It’s located in southeast Portland, and has nearly 100 types of waterfowl calling it home. This park started as a test garden, much like the Portland International Rose Test Garden, and spreads across 9.5 acres. Admission is $5 for adults and youth, and free for children 10 and younger. Admissions are waived on Mondays.

Things to Do

If you’ve wandered your way through garden paths and are ready to advance to other human-made arts, try checking out these museums.

Portland Art Museum

The Portland Art Museum is the largest art museum in the entire state of Oregon, and one of the oldest in the United States as a whole. It takes up two historic buildings on Portland’s South Park Blocks, and is central to Portland’s cultural district. Exhibitions currently going on include the Black Artists of Oregon exhibit and the Throughlines: Connections in the Collection exhibit. Admission is $25 for adults, while seniors (62+) enter for $22. College students, 18+ with valid student ID, enter for $22, and children 17 and younger enter free. Museum members and school group visits by reservation also enter free.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Located at PSU, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art includes several exhibitions, such as Labor of Love, Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prize, and an upcoming exhibit of the 2024 MFA/BFA Showcase. Admission to this museum is free, and they’re open Tuesday-Saturday.

Places to Eat

Some of the restaurants in Portland bring the hipsters home.


If you visited the Japanese garden and now want to taste a piece of Asia, try going to Toki, a humble Korean eatery which serves items like bibimbap, fried chicken, bao burgers, dumplings, and more. They offer outdoor seating, have cool cocktails, and offer vegetarian dishes. Brunch menu items include gamja-jeon, scallion waffles, mandu-guk, and a toki brunch. Items worthy of note on the dinner menu include dolsot rice, yukhoe, and of course, their omurice. Remember those cool cocktails? Yep. They have amazing names too, such as Love Is in the Air, Smoke & Spice, I Yam What I Yam, and Sunday Scaries. See more on their drink menu.

Mother’s Bistro & Bar

Since establishing in 2000 (almost twenty-five years ago.), Mother’s Bistro & Bar has been feeding, fascinating, and delighting Portland tourists and residents alike with its comfort food classics, homey vibes, and country meets chic decor. Breakfast options include their lox platter, Greek frittata, and a sausage scramble; lunch promises to fulfill you with a plate of Irish “nachos”, fried calamari, and a pulled pork quesadilla; dinner makes families, couples, and solo travelers alike feel at home with staple classics like pierogies, smoked wild salmon rillettes, and five-hour braised pot roast.

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