Start with a hike then stroll through some of Portland's prettiest and most elaborate gardens and grounds
Portland may be the city of roses but our gardens bloom all year round.
Starting with a hike, such a quintessential outdoor Portland activity you'll walk right into sweeping vistas from atop Washington Park. It reveals the beautiful and pointed Mt. Hood while just behind you sits the calm and serene Portland Japanese Gardens. Steeped in tradition the grounds lead you from place to place with intention, allowing you to pause and take in the beauty.
Across town, but still well within city limits, the 62-acre Grotto dazzles with a series of gardens dedicated to Mary and the Catholic church. But you don't have to be religious to enjoy walking through vast gardens that change with the seasons and often involve elaborate decorations at holidays, such as the Christmas seasons Festival of Lights.
In between you can catch your breath and experience lunch like a true Portlander would, at one of our open air food cart pods. Don't worry they also have heated tents!
This tour begins at the Sacajawea Statue Trailhead where we follow the Forest Park Wildwood Trail to the Portland Japanese Garden where you can also grab a snack if needed. Afterwards we can stroll through the roses and trees of Washington Park. On a clear day you can also experience a great view of Mt Hood and the valley below from here.
Hike route here: https://www. oregonhikers. org/field_guide/Washington_Park_Loop_Hike
Then we head to one of Portland's famous food cart pods. Both in Northeast, Piedmont Station and Rose City Food Park feature over a dozen separate tastes to choose from, so mix and match if you like before heading to a bench or one of the covered and heated areas if it is cold or rainy.
After lunch we drive to The Grotto, an internationally-renowned Catholic shrine and botanical garden on a breathtaking 62-acre green space in the heart of the east side. Two levels feature several gardens including Peace Garden, the Labyrinth, the Grotto, and St Anne's Chapel.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Suggested by Guide: Sacajawea Statue Trailhead in Washington Park. https://www.google.com/maps?q=45.52147,-122.70228+(Sacajawea_Statue_Trailhead)
Duration: 8 hours
I will be renting a mid-sized vehicle that can fit 3 passengers comfortably. I can rent a minivan allowing up to 6 passengers for a small extra fee. Please contact me for a quote on groups from 4 -6.
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 USD - The first and second gardens each have admission fees between $5-20, and you'll want approximately $15-20 for lunch.
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
I cannot drive vehicles of over 7 passengers, but we can hire a driver for a 15 passenger van or larger bus.