The Springtime Gems of Portland
After the frigid winter we’ve had in Portland, I think I speak for us all when I say spring cannot come soon enough. Thankfully, Portland is filled with one of the best signs that spring has officially sprung—cherry blossom trees.
From mid-March to mid-April, cherry trees burst into bloom throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Many of our wonderful Portland parks have artfully planted these marvelous trees. I’ve rounded up the very best places to take in the beautiful, fragrant cherry blossoms around the city.
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Since 1990, cherry blossom trees have graced the waterfront of Portland. The 100 trees are part of the Japanese American Historical Plaza that starts at the Burnside Bridge and extends north along the waterfront to the Steel Bridge. The backdrop of the Willamette River with a large expanse of green grass make this spot magical.
Known as Portland’s urban volcano, Mt Tabor is a hot spot of activity year round. With an incredible backdrop of the city, this park’s cherry blossoms offer a tremendous photo opportunity. Cherry blossom trees are sprinkled throughout the whole park, but the best view is just above the water reservoir along 60th Avenue.
Take a walk through campus to take in the many blooms at U of P. Blossoms may be at their best during spring break, so bring a blanket and take in the solace by the bell tower.
This is a great place to see all of the wonderful spring blooms. The arboretum has 60+ cherry blossom trees along the 12 miles of trails with some late-blooming species that make the season last even longer. If you’re looking for a leisurely hike to stop and smell the flowers, this is your place.
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