The Grotto in Portland
Built in 1924, the 62-acre garden was designated a National Sanctuary in 1983. Deeply forested, the main plaza is set alongside a cliff in which an alter was constructed. This area is free to the public. For a small fee ($3), visitors can take an elevator to the upper gardens. The meditation chapel overlooks a spectacular view of Mount St. Helens. The garden paths wind through shrines, various chapels, statues, a peace garden and labyrinth.
A very serene and meditative retreat that feels far away from a city.
Located at: NE 85th and Sandy Boulevard
This is an easy bus trip:
From downtown Portland, catch Bus # 12 on W. Burnside and SW 6th Avenue.
(From Sellwood, catch Bus 70 and get off on E. Burnside and 12th Avenue, and then hop on Bus # 12).
The 12 stops in front of the Grotto. (To get back into the city, # 12 bus stop is across the street).