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๐Ÿ“ธ Portland's Pink Petals ๐ŸŒธ: The Story Behind the Cherry Blossom Trees๐ŸŒณ

Hey there, folks! ๐ŸŒธ Welcome aboard with Haque's EYE! ๐Ÿš— Today, we're diving into Portland's springtime magic, where the gift of cherry blossom trees brings smiles and warmth to our hearts. ๐Ÿฉท ๐Ÿฅฐ Join us as we uncover the best spots to catch these stunning blooms in action! ๐ŸŒธโœจ Get ready for a journey filled with beauty and wonder! ๐Ÿš€ Don't forget to bring your sense of awe and wonder! ๐ŸŒŸ

When is the Best Time to View Cherry Blossom?

Every spring, from mid-March to mid-April, Portland bursts with cherry blossoms ๐ŸŒธ The bloom lasts about two weeks, depending on the weather. ๐Ÿ“†โœจ Don't miss this magical time and one of the best photo opportunities!๐Ÿ“ธ

Where are the Best Spots to View Cherry Blossom in Portland?

๐ŸŽจ Portland's cherry blossoms, a symbol of friendship across the Pacific, bloom anew each spring, painting the city with hues of pink and white. ๐Ÿฉท๐Ÿค The Haque's EYE picked spots are-

  1. Japanese American Historic Plaza (Tom McCall Waterfront Park)

  2. Washington Park (Hoyt Arboretum)

  3. Portland Japanese Garden

  4. Lan Su Chinese Garden

  5. Portland State University Park Blocks

Japanese American Historic Plaza & Waterfront Park

Did you know that the cherry blossom trees in Portland ๐ŸŒธ were actually a gift from Japan? Back in 1990, Japan gave these beautiful trees as a present for the dedication of the Japanese American Historical Plaza. ๐ŸŽ

This plaza was made to help people understand and appreciate the different cultural experiences in America. It's like a reminder of our diverse history and heritage! ๐ŸŒ

And guess what? The plaza is right next to Old Town Chinatown, which used to be called Japantown. ๐Ÿฎ So, when you visit the cherry blossoms in Portland, you're not just seeing pretty flowers โ€“ you're also stepping into a piece of history and culture! ๐ŸŒธโœจ

๐ŸŒธ With hundreds and thousands of visitors flocking to see the breathtaking bloom, expect your photos to have a few extra "photo hunters" in the frame! ๐Ÿ˜„

๐Ÿ“ธ Embrace the joyful chaos and capture memories surrounded by friends and family amidst the stunning cherry blossoms! ๐ŸŒธโœจ

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๐Ÿ“ Put "PDX Cherry Blossom" on your GPS to find the exact location.

๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธ Street parking is available or opt for the public parking lot across the street.

๐Ÿ’ฐ Parking costs approximately $2 per hour.

๐Ÿš Drones are allowed, so capture stunning aerial views of the cherry blossoms!

๐Ÿงบ Feel free to bring your own picnic setup and enjoy a delightful meal amidst the blooms.

Washington Park & Hoyt Arboretum

While you are at Washington Park, take a leisurely stroll along the Wildwood Trail, where cherry blossom trees line the path, creating a picturesque backdrop for your hike. ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐ŸŒธ Don't forget your camera! ๐Ÿ“ธ

Climb up to Pittock Mansion for a bird's-eye view of the city adorned with cherry blossoms. ๐Ÿฐ๐ŸŒธ The vista from the mansion's terrace offers a breathtaking panorama of Portland in bloom.

Did you know cherry blossoms are actually transparent? ๐ŸŒธ Rather than being pink or white! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ The magical hues we admire are created when light reflects off the thin layers of cellulose that make up the petals. It's nature's own dazzling light show! โœจ๐ŸŒธ

Portland Japanese Garden

Another hidden gem in Washington Park is the Portland Japanese Garden. Founded in 1963, the Portland Japanese Garden is a nonprofit organization rooted in the ideals of peace and cultural understanding post-World War II. ๐ŸŒธ

From the iconic weeping cherries to the delicate Yoshino blossoms, every variety added its own unique charm to the landscape. It's celebrated as the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan and is a symbol of cross-cultural appreciation in North America. ๐Ÿž๏ธ๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ

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โฐ Don't forget: Portland Japanese Garden has timed entry tickets that sell out fast!

๐Ÿ’ฐ Tickets start at $22 per adult, so be sure to book in advance to secure your spot.

๐Ÿ•™ Open from 10 AM to 5 PM, with the last entry at 4:30 PM, ensuring you have plenty of time to explore.

๐Ÿต And while you're there, make sure to visit Umami Cafe for a delightful culinary experience!

๐Ÿ“ฒ Remember to make an online reservation for the cafe beforehand to avoid disappointment.

Lan Su Chinese Garden

๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿฏ Whether you're visiting for the first time or you come often, the garden always has something different to offer. ๐ŸŒธ You might see cherry blossoms in the spring, or find peaceful paths to explore.

Lan Su Garden is ever-changing with the light and seasons, promising new discoveries with each visit. โœจ๐Ÿƒ Plus, it's conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from the waterfront area, making it easy to plan a delightful day of exploration! ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ You can plan to visit the garden and then enjoy the scenic views along the waterfront on the same day. ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒฟ

They have self-guided Garden Audio Tours, where you can dive into the fascinating world of Lan Su Chinese Garden! ๐ŸŽง Explore at your own pace and learn fun facts and history about major garden spots, plants, and attractions with rich cultural backgrounds. ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ“š

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๐Ÿ•™Admissions are available only during our daytime operation hours from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

๐ŸŽŸ๏ธTickets are priced at $14 per adult.

๐Ÿต Don't forget to treat yourself to a cup of tea from our Teahouse, along with the famous Mooncake! ๐ŸŒ™ It's the perfect way to round off your visit to Lan Su Chinese Garden. ๐ŸŒธโœจ

Portland State University

Right in the middle of the city, Portland State University's Park Blocks are adorned with beautiful cherry trees, creating a picturesque scene on campus. ๐ŸŒธ

Strolling through these park blocks, you'll be surrounded by the delicate blossoms of cherry trees, adding a touch of natural beauty to the university environment. ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒธ

Last year, during our visit, we got quite a surprise! We were caught red-handed admiring the cherry blossoms when a polite policeman approached us. Not only did he take our pictures, but he also joined us for a photo! ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™‚๏ธ

That's the spirit of PORTLAND! And I love it! ๐ŸฉทHopefully, you've got all the information you need to plan your Portland Cherry blossom adventure.๐ŸŒธ For any questions or feedback, leave us a comment below. See you at some other corner of the world, and until then, happy exploring with Haque's EYE! ๐ŸŒโœˆ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ



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