Northwest Trip 2022 – Day 2 Portland Continued

The VacationFam is finally back at it. This time we’re off for a 15 day road trip and cruise through the Northwest, Canada, and Alaska. Along the way we are going to be in Portland, Spokane, Athol ID (to see about a roller coaster, of course), Seattle, Vancouver and then on a 7 day cruise sailing through Glaciers with stops in Sitka, Juneau, and Haines.

Washington Park and the Japanese Garden

The day started a bit late for us as we were super tired from the travel yesterday. Eventually we got out on the town. First stop, Washington Park where the goal was to go to the Japanese Garden. The entire park had a really cool European feel with several gift shops, small cafes, and ample clean restrooms. The greenery in this area is so awe-inspiring. We had a hard time parking (very busy) but finally found a spot and began to hike up through the very large trees and dirt paths. Along the way we passed this beautiful setting for a tennis court.

Finally we made it to the entrance of the Japanese Garden. The entrance was $19.95 for adults and $13.95 for kids under 18. I think that kids under 5 are free. Once inside it is absolutely gorgeous. You’ll walk around the most meticulously kept garden of flowers, streams, trees, and yes… bonzai! There’s even a koi pond with koi that were probably a foot-and-a-half long. Overall beautiful, relaxing, and worth seeing.

Dinosaur Movies and Aerial Trams

After the park we decided to head over to the Oregon Science and Maritime Museum to catch the latest summer blockbuster, Jurassic World Dominion on the Imax screen. VacationGirl and VacationMom liked it better than I did, but it was entertaining at least.

After the movie we headed down to the waterfront to catch a ride on the Portland Aerial Tram. The ride is only about 3-4 minutes long and it just takes you from the waterfront up to the hospital on the hill, but at $5.75 a person it was a fairly cheap way to see some cool views of the city.

Overall Impressions of Portland After 2 Days

Portland was a pretty decent city overall. I wish we could have spent more time at the Washington Park and outdoor areas. All the food we’ve had so far was way above average and the food cart scene is pretty cool. Overall though, the weather is a little chilly and overcast for me and there’s not a ton to do with a 13-year old. I’m glad we came, but I’m looking forward more to the drive into central Washington and doing some more hiking and, well…. of course the upcoming ROLLER COASTERS at Silverwood Theme Park.

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