Econo Lodge Expo Center

405 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, Oregon, 97211-1421, United States
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new zoo review...

by spongebob71

I am taking my kids to the zoo and wondered what else is good to see. we'll be taking a train trip from Seattle down. just wanted to mix it up. taking public transport to the zoo from the train station. any ideas/suggestions?

Re: new zoo review...

by rscowboy

Depends on the ages of your kids. Japanese Garden is a few blocks from the train station. OMSI, across the river, is always fun with kids.

Re: new zoo review...

by Paris92

Just want to say I love the New Zoo Review reference--not many people remember that show. It was the best!

Re: new zoo review...

by glabah

As a clarification:

The Japanese Garden is a very short distance from the Zoo Train station - when they are running the trains on the "long loop" it connects a station on the far east end of Washington Park (Japanese Garden and International Rose Test Gardens) with the zoo at the western end of Washington Park.

Near the main entrance to the zoo, there is also the Children's Museum and the World Forestry Center. If it is a nice day, there are all manner of trails uphill from the zoo main entrance.

Most likely, unless you get there early in the morning, you will not find a place to park if you drive. Your alternatives are to take the MAX train (get off at the Washington Park station and go up the elevators to the zoo entrance) or park in a remote lot and take a shuttle bus or find a place to park near the International Rose Test Gardens / Japanese Gardens and take the zoo train from there to the zoo. They charge extra for the zoo train, but if you are going to take a trip on the train anyway when you visit the zoo you might as well park in the easier parking lot, as the price is the same no matter which method you use to enter the zoo + take the zoo train.

The zoo has become extremely popular in recent years, but there is simply nowhere to put additional parking, and thus the warning for anyone planning to drive there.

Travel Tips for Portland

Great Parks

by Rude_boy22

Portland has the most green areas than any other major metro area. Since the city was created during the Victorian era, the city was designed to have parks completely surrounding the city in a giant ring of greenspace. Though the city has greatly exceeded these boundaries since then, much of the circle remains. The park blocks and the amazing Forest Park are the most noticeable. Forest Park borders downtown and covers 5,000 acres (about eight miles long). It is really strange driving through the hustle of downtown, going through a tunnel, and ending up in the middle of a forest. The picture is the view from the side of Mt. Tabor, a great park that is also a dormant volcano, a short walk from my house. It was taken during the adult pinebox derby, a yearly event where adults build non motorized derby cars and race them down the steep biking trails. See my travelogue for lots o' pics from the event, including the Pabst Blue Ribbon Racer.

"Friend with Boat"

by Shaft28

Honestly, is there anything better than having a friend with a boat?
No maintenance, no payments, no repairs - just the cost of a six pack and some limes.
If you are in luck, in Portland and have means to a sea worthy vessel - take to the Willamette. Spend a leisurely day coasting up and down from Wilsonville to Downtown and beyond. You'll get to view some incredible homes, the beautiful greenery of Portland and amazing view of downtown. Truly a great way to see Bridgetown during the spring and summer.
Just beware, this is not a unique idea - there will be many others... This past Saturday, dropping in at 4pm and cruising along for hours drinking beer and relaxing. It was a rare 95 degrees out so the cool water was a relief.

Pioneer Courthouse Square.

by crazyk

They have a lot of religious people telling me how you or I are heading to some really hot place. Also there are plenty of protests and a coffee shop to boot.
There is plenty of hacky-sack being played, so bring one or share.

Good jacket

by Shaft28

backpack, it is a very walkable city Good waterproof jacket - thickness depends on the season.
Portland is very casual, jeans and sneakers are seen in nice restaurants. Not preffered, but the locals still do it. the standard great photo opps here Plenty of outdoor activities here, camping, hiking, beach, mountains, ski/snowboard, some of the best wind surfing on the planet. Less cash- thats right no sales tax!

Kick it old school style on the East side:Mt Tabor

by ajoker

It's in the city, but not even that many Portlanders go there. It's an extinct volcano, apparently, but the best part if the view of the city from the top. You really get to see how green Portland is, and how many trees there really are. In autumn, especially, it's great to see the multi-colored foilage.
You can also walk your dog, play basketball or frisbee, have a picnic, spit in the resoivors (just kidding) or really anything your imagination can conceive.


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Address: 405 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, Oregon, 97211-1421, United States