It’s Cherry Blossom time in Portland! here are the best cherry blossom sites to see these magical trees this weekend!
Tom McCall Park
With Sunday, March 20 marking the first day of spring, it’s a great time to see the blooming cherry blossoms around Portland. And we are right in peak bloom!
Perhaps the most popular destination is Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown, where iconic cherry trees line the park and draw huge crowds of locals and tourists alike each year.
Aside from Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Hoyt Arboretum in Washington Park is another favorite spot to visit for spring blossoms including colorful cherry, dogwood and maple trees. The arboretum is home to over 2,300 tree and plant species, making it an ideal place for plant enthusiasts year-round.
Cherry trees are sprinkled throughout Mt. Tabor in Southeast Portland. While there aren’t as many blossoms to see here, the park does offer an amazing backdrop of the city.
If you’re looking to spend a sunny day outside while taking in the cherry blossoms, Southeast Portland’s Laurelhurst Park is the place to be. Cherry trees are spread throughout the park, which also has a horseshoe pit, soccer field, an off-leash area for dogs and picnic tables.
Portland Japanese Garden
The Portland Japanese Garden in Washington Park is considered the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan and features various cherry blossom trees. “The cherry blossom is a deeply symbolic flower of Japan and many resonate with sakura, or cherry blossoms,” the garden writes on its website. It expects its cherry blossoms to be at full bloom in late March, early April, but it can vary depending on the year. The garden posts regular updates with photos on its cherry blossoms on its website.