If you were fabulously wealthy, you’d probably build your manor house on a hill offering the best views of the city, wouldn’t you? That’s exactly what newspaper owner Henry Pittock did in 1914, and his French Renaissance-style chateau takes maximum advantage of a sweeping panorama that includes Portland and the distant peaks of the Cascade Mountains. Abundant windows gave the Pittocks a choice of beautiful perspectives to gaze at, and to make certain no guest was left out, a large mirror was hung in the dining room so that those sitting facing the wall could still enjoy the scenery outside. Even if you skip the mansion tour, the 46-acre grounds offer at least an afternoon’s worth of photo ops.
111 S.W. 5th Ave.
From 30 stories above street level, Portland City Grill commands some of the best views of the city and Willamette River from one of Portland’s tallest office buildings. To get a coveted seat by a window, make reservations well in advance. This lofty dining destination is popular with couples and families celebrating special events. While your eyes are feasting on the scenery, treat your taste buds to the delicious Pacific Rim cuisine, a blend of Northwest and Asian fare that includes such standouts as kung pao calamari, sushi and apple smoked pork loin.AAA / Diana Wix
S.W. Rose Garden Way & S.W. Kingston Ave.
In a city crowded with green spaces, one rises above the rest, at least in terms of visitors if not elevation. Washington Park, a AAA GEM
attraction, has big-city recreational amenities paired with swaths of wilderness where you can lose yourself amongst the evergreens. It’s also home to six of Portland’s top attractions including the AAA GEM rated International Rose Test Garden, Oregon Zoo and Portland Japanese Garden. Hop on the MAX light rail downtown, and a short ride later you’ll emerge into a leafy oasis boasting some of the city’s best views, including a classic postcard shot of the skyline with snowcapped Mount Hood in the distance.Read More
AAA Travel Editor Frank Swanson
Frank Swanson is a AAA Travel Expert.