Parks and Nature

Spots within walking distance:
Laurelhurst Park
20 minute walk / Directions
It’s a little under 3 miles to run/walk to the park, loop through it and return. A great place to stroll, picnic and enjoy nature.
Lone Fir Cemetery
15 minute walk / Directions
One of Portland's oldest cemeteries is full of special heritage trees, each with a little identification plaque on them.
Spots around Portland:
Rose Garden
16 minute drive / Directions
The "International Test Rose Garden" is probably Portland's most popular tourist destination. Roses and city views. The Japanese Garden is directly across the street, making it easy to visit both in one trip.
Portland Japanese Garden
16 minute drive / Directions
The preeminent Japanese garden in the United States. New buildings by renowned architect Kengo Kuma. Beautiful year round and also features excellent art exhibitions. 
Photo: Micah Fischer
Forest Park
15–20 minute drive / Directions
The biggest city park in the country. Great for a run or hike. Choose your distance—from 80 miles of trails! Lots of different entrances and possible trail loop options. For a short hike, the Lower Macleay Park entrance is nice. The Thurman Street entrance is popular with runners.
Spots outside of Portland:
The Gorge
30 minute drive / Directions
National Scenic Area with numerous hikes to choose from and waterfalls galore. Options range from scenic overlooks to all-day hiking adventures.
Mt. Hood
60–90 minute drive / Directions
Hiking, camping, skiing and more. The historic Timberline Lodge is a great day trip.
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