The International Rose Test Garden is breathtaking! During blooming season (between April and October), the garden is filled with all different types of roses, and the smell is amazing. My favorite thing to do in the summer is wake up at the crack of dawn, grab a good book, and read in the garden before all the visitors start arriving.
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There are too many beautiful trails/waterfalls/swimming holes to count along the Columbia River Gorge, and I go on a hikes here at least a couple times a week. Some of my favorite trailheads include Punch Bowl Falls, Elowah Falls, and Angels Rest. Another must-visit if you’re traveling through Oregon in a car.
Bagby Hot Springs is one of my absolute favorite places to visit during the Winter in Oregon. If you’re visiting Portland, the 1.5 hour drive is SO worth it. Once you arrive, a quick and easy hike brings you to giant wooden tubs in the middle of the forest -- they are even covered, so you don’t have to worry if it’s raining. -- Liz
The International Rose Test Garden is truly incredible. According to Wikipedia, there are over 7,000 rose plants of approximately 550 varieties, and I believe them. If you find yourself in Portland between April and October, this is a MUST DO because the roses should be in bloom. The Portland Brew Fest is also awesome, if you’re into craft beer. Or even if you’re not. It happens every July and I highly recommend it! -- Rachel