With its temperate climate and lush greenery, Portland, Oregon is a great city for outdoor enthusiasts. The many gardens scattered throughout the city show off the wide array of flora that thrive here, as well as some of the most beautiful garden design in the country. The Chinese Garden is nationally recognized for their adherence to tradition as well as the creative beauty of their constructions. The International Rose Test garden is famous for their 400+ varieties of roses. Then there is Tom McCall Waterfront Park, home of the Portland Saturday Market, that is recognized as one of the best green spaces in a city within the United States.
Beyond gardens Portland is home to a thriving art scene, Portland's Art Museum offers an impressive collection of classic and contemporary exhibits from cultures spanning the globe. Anyone who enjoys books will marvel at Powell's, one of the world's largest and most comprehensive books stores that over time has become a Portland landmark of sorts. The Oregon Zoo is extremely impressive with thousands of animals. For a medium-sized city, Portland is bursting with art and culture and offers visitors of all ages a multitude of attractions both entertaining and edifying.