I love Portland, the city of roses. Hands down, this city is the best one I have ever encountered. The city itself is a “green” city. While the city is clean and unpolluted, the adjective green does not actually mean eco-friendly but rather refers to the many luscious parks found around the great town. In fact the largest city park is here in Portland and I have had the pleasure of hiking it today.
The park includes a zoo, a Vietnam memorial, a museum, a Japanese garden, a rose garden and more! The rose garden was the initial part of the park my family and I went to explore. The rose garden is about 4 acres of thousands of different kinds of roses, all of them beautiful and surprisingly still in bloom. On a Sunday afternoon the park proved to be a popular place for travelers as well as for the locals, so popular in fact that parking was a bit competitive.
After exploring the rose garden my aunt and uncle and I left the park for a great lunch on the north east side of the city (hint: According to my uncle the east side houses the best eats). The restaurant was great, hidden in the eclectic downtown where tattoos, dogs and dreadlocks were abundant.
After a great lunch we returned to the park to see the memorial, hike the foot trails, and enjoy the vistas for the remainder of the trip.