When you visit Portland, Oregon, it’s easy to hit the typical hot spots where all the tourists go, such as Washington Park and the Japanese Garden. If you really want to experience the city like a local, put these cool places to visit on your vacation bucket list. You might not have realized that Portland is home to so many unusual spots until you see them for yourself.
The Witch’s Castle
Located in Forest Park, the Witch’s Castle is the source of some interesting local ghost stories. Visit for yourself to decide whether its haunted or not, if you dare. The hike starts on Lower Macleay Trail where you’ll follow Balch Creek for less than one mile. Before you know it, you’ll arrive at Stone House, also called the Witch’s Castle. There’s a sordid story surrounding this house that involves forbidden love, a murder and an eventual hanging, which led to ghostly presences being reported around the property. After you explore the Witch’s Castle, you can keep walking along Wildwood Trail until you get to Pittock Mansion, which is a popular tourist attraction in Portland.
Mill Ends Park
Visiting huge parks with sprawling green spaces is a common activity for tourists. How about visiting the world’s smallest park instead? Mill Ends Park in Portland comes in at the top of the list of smallest parks at only two feet in diameter. You’ll find it in the median where Southwest Naito Parkway and Taylor Street intersect. Dedicated in 1948, this tiny circle of land officially became a park in 1976. Over the years, contributions have come in for park improvements, so you’ll find a tiny swimming pool, a miniature Ferris wheel and more in this park.
St. John’s Bridge
St. John’s Bridge spans the Willamette River, and Cathedral Park sits under the bridge. Dating back to 1931 when work was completed on the cable suspension bridge, it was once the longest bridge of its kind west of the Mississippi River. The Gothic architecture makes for an impressive sight, definitely worthy of a few pictures to add to your vacation album.
World Forestry Center
The World Forestry Center can be found in Washington Park. Anyone who ever wanted to learn more about trees will enjoy exploring this museum. With exhibits to present Pacific Northwest forests and their integral role in wood production, animal habitats, ecology and recreation, you can’t help but be entertained while you learn. You’ll also find a wide array of exhibits to educate visitors about the importance of global forests.
Step outside of the ordinary as you explore all of these things to do in Portland. This exciting city has much more to offer than you may realize.