Clarion Hotel Portland International Airport
11518 N.E. Glenn Widing Dr.
Portland, OR 97220
Phone: (503) 252-2222
Fax: (503) 257-7008
A scenic place to visit on weekends or a fun hike with your buddies, the Rocky Butte gives you all. The butte is an extinct volcano which houses a city park. This picturesque natural area has hiking trails and other outdoor activities. Its a perfect getaway option on weekends for having picnics and some fun.
This semi-developed park is named after the woman who led Lewis and Clark to Oregon. Sacajawea was the Native American married to the expedition's French guide, Toussaint Charbonneau. The Shoshone Indian ended up leading the way. Close to the airport, this park is a good place to stretch your legs after a long flight. Full of open space, it is also a great place to spread out and relax, although it is not the best summer park for finding shade. There are no fees to use the park.
PDX (or old Portland style) refers to a type of house you will find in Portland, as well as to this golf course itself. PDX also refers to the nearby airport, which surprisingly isn't too much of a distraction. The hand-watered fairways and the fast meticulously maintained greens render the jet noise unimportant. The par-72 course is challenging, with old trees and all kinds of hills and bumps. Situated close to the Columbia River, Colwood National Golf Course provides a spectacular view of the tops of the nearby Cascade Mountains on clear days.
Recently updated, this 1941 park now boasts a new soccer field and playground. You'll also find new restrooms, benches, lighted paths, picnic tables, and bike racks at the Wellington Park. The old facilities only included a wading pool, restrooms and playground. The pool was left untouched, connecting future generations to the park's past. In close proximity to the airport, the park is a nice place to have a picnic, before or after your flight.
Rose City Golf Course is Oregon's second-oldest established golf course with magnificent old trees that line the holes of the 6,520-yard course. It is a beautiful yet frustrating course since it only offers narrow fairways. The challenge continues as you play long par-4 holes and take in the views. A popular place with local golfers, it is only 15 minutes from downtown. Golf is about all you will find here. There is no restaurant, only a snack bar; however, there is a small pro-shop.
Featuring both a par-71 west and par-73 east course, Glendoveer Golf Course is a popular spot for golfers of all skill levels. The east course is the most challenging with plenty of hills and bunkers to keep you on your toes. Beginners may want to try the relatively flat west course. Reservations are suggested, but not required. The covered driving range is also heated, offering comfort on those chilly winter days.
Just east of Mount Tabor Park, you'll find this charming neighborhood park and pool. In the vicinity of the airport, it's a great place to get in a quick swim before or after your flight. Lap, open and lesson sessions are offered throughout the week. You can even rent the facility for your own event on weekend evenings. The pool is also home to the local Portland Master Swim Team, for swimmers 19 and older.
This community park offers a most important feature, disabled access. Ventura Park has picnic tables, a path, lighting, water fountains and a playground. Grassy hills rolling with evergreens and deciduous trees intermingle to make this southeast spot a great site for a little Frisbee tossing. Stark Street is one of Portland's major thoroughfares making this park highly accessible.
Kids ten and up will have a great, high action time at Splat Action Paint ball this Southeast Portland paint ball field. With more than 200 acres of diverse playing ground, no other facility in Oregon can compete. They also have the latest rental equipment available. Playing rates vary according to whether players rent equipment and which type of field they choose. Call to book a private party.
As it has so many times, Portland Parks and Recreation decided to rejuvenate an area previously prone to misuse by vandals and the like. Now fit for families, this 26-acre corner of the city lends unity to the surrounding neighborhood. Visitors enjoy a plethora of sports here. There are tennis and volleyball courts as well as football and baseball fields in Fernhill Park. The playground equipment will keep the kids occupied. Admission to the park is free.
This publicly owned facility is one of Portland's oldest golf courses. With a recently renovated restaurant and pro shop, this course is just 15 minutes from downtown. Beware of the killer 10th hole, which is always a surprise with its steep downhill tee off and a hard turn to the right across a wide lake to a rising green on the other side.There are many opportunities for singles and doubles to walk on.
Adjacent to Harold Oliver School, this neighborhood park is made up of five and a half acres. With a softball field, spray pool and a picnic area, the park only got better when the playground was remodeled. In 1996, the old candy cane colored structure was replaced with new equipment. It is not terribly close to downtown, although the triangular-shaped parcel is close to Interstate Highways 205 and 84. Stop by for a breath of fresh air if you happen to be in the neighborhood.