Okay, close your eyes. No, wait…keep reading…but let’s pretend for the sake of this little exercise that your eyes are closed. Now, dream of your ideal destination. Is it mountainous? Filled with picturesque views of snow-capped towers of rock and evergreens? Or is it filled with both refreshing bursts of cool, misty air and treks through wooded terrain to reach the final destination — a natural waterfall, cascading down the side of a rocky cliff? Perhaps it’s coastal, with the sounds of waves crashing, a warm breeze tickling your skin. Still, maybe you’re dreaming of a funky urban setting, full of artsy creations, diverse people and just a little bit of everything all rolled into a few city blocks.
Or…maybe it’s all of the above.
For me, it is. And that place is found in (or around) Portland, Oregon.
We visited my Dad and Suzanne in Oregon last week and had a whirlwind tour of all of the sights…and although we saw just about everything we could, I still felt so well-rested and rejuvenated.
We started our trip at the Columbia River Gorge, with this amazing view:
Close by are several natural waterfalls…incredible. I chose just a few to show you how amazing that area is. Check out this awesome bridge:
The famous Multnomah Falls. Seriously incredible! When we went on that bridge running across the middle, we were met with gusts of refreshing water!
The next day, we visited downtown Portland, which was really a lot of fun. On our next visit, I will definitely want to spend some time in the downtown districts. We visited Powell’s Books, which takes up a whole city block — very cool.
The bike rack out front has book titles related to bikes on them. I love cities with creative details like that! Portland is a very active city, with tons of bike riders (even on those crazy mountain roads!).
Our next stop was Portland’s Rose Gardens, one of the most spectacular floral displays I have ever seen! I have tons and tons of photos of the beautiful blooms!
Close to the rose garden is the Pittock Mansion, built in the early 1900s by the family who ran the newspaper in Portland. Can you believe this was built over 100 years ago?
The details inside were just fantastic. I was completely in awe the entire time, that people lived like that so long ago…well, okay, that any one family lived like that back then! This home is shocking now! Check out the great details:
Can you believe this is the view from the house? The huge windows all throughout faced the fantastic Portland skyline, mountains in the background.
Jeff and I decided we’d go ahead and move into the smaller, more quaint guest house. :)
…or…maybe we’ll settle for the mansion. :)
Everything grows in Portland. The landscaping around the mansion was incredible!
Okay…more to come. Up next, the Oregon coastline (my favorite part!) and the lighthouses of Washington state.