I missed the Portland Rose Festival Parade this year, but I didn't miss the roses!
One of my favorite places to go on a nice day is the Portland Rose Gardens up in Washington Park.
If you're visiting Portland this summer, take a trip up to Washington Park in the west hills overlooking Portland and stroll through the Rose Gardens. It's free to enter, you're surrounded by beautiful gardens and flowers (the varieties are all labeled), and it's a pleasant place to stroll and enjoy.
I took my mom up here this last fall and the roses were still in full bloom. Beautiful!
The views from the Rose Gardens are fantastic. You can see downtown, the Willamette River, and on a clear day all the way to Mount Hood.