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Everything’s Coming Up Roses! The History of the Portland Rose Festival

Apr 20, 2018 8:27:18 PM / by Gadabout Vacations

If the Tournament of Roses Parade is America’s New Year’s celebration, Portland’s Festival of Roses is the celebration of summer in full bloom.

Founded 17 years after the parade in Pasadena, the Portland floral festival was announced following the Lewis & Clark Exposition and intended to make Portland the “summer capital” of the West Coast.


Over the years, it has grown into a major attraction in its own right, bringing 1.2 million spectators each year to the Oregon capital.

Event organizers spend more than $3 million annually putting on the festival, planning dozens of cultural events celebrating the local community.

Three parades, an urban fair, and so much more make this an unforgettable event of the summer season.

And when you’ve had your fill of flowers, Portland offers countless other attractions for the eager traveler to explore.

Cruise the mighty Columbia River on a sternwheeler, or ride an early-1900s railcar on the Mt. Hood Scenic Railroad. Take in the spectacular glory of Multnomah Falls, or take in the imposing grandeur of Mt. St. Helen’s National Volcanic Monument.

These and other delights of the Pacific Northwest are yours to enjoy on our Portland Rose Festival tour, departing for six days on June 7.

To learn more about the tour, click HERE.

Topics: Travel, portland, history

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