portland, oregon, united states of america
The Grotto is a Catholic shrine and botanical garden that seeks to serve as a place of rest and meditation for people of all religions and walks of life. Mo' and I heard about it's sweeping panoramic views and lush greenery, and we knew we had to make it up despite the day being rainy. The lower level sits at the foot of a steep cliff where various religious statues were placed into a carved opening in the rock. From there, you take an elevator up the cliff to the top level where you can explore various shrines, lakes, a meditation area, and even a monastery. With such a serene sight surrounded by nature and fresh air, it's hard to leave the Grotto without feeling refreshed!