Known for its beautiful parks, countless breweries, and – most notably – quirky residents, Portland, Oregon is a popular place to visit. Oregon’s largest city boasts hundreds of famous landmarks, from the Museum of Science and Industry to the Oregon Zoo. With so much to do and see, you may not want to leave; but sometimes it’s nice to get away and relax! If you’re searching for the best day trips from Portland, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favorites.
Top 5 Day Trips from Portland, Oregon
1. Silver Falls State Park
Located about an hour and a half south of Portland, Silver Falls State Park is perfect for a fun day outdoors. It’s the largest state park in Oregon and includes more than 24 miles of walking trails, 14 miles of horse trails, and a 4-mile bike path. The most popular route is the 8.7-mile Canyon Trail/Trail of Ten Falls, which runs along the banks of Silver Creek. This trail passes by ten waterfalls and provides plenty of photo ops. Don’t forget your camera!
2. Columbia River Gorge
The Columbia River Gorge is another great place for nature lovers. This National Scenic Area cuts through the Cascade Mountains and provides just about every type of outdoor recreation you can imagine. From wildflower hikes and apple picking to world-class windsurfing, you’ll find it all just a short drive east of Portland.
3. Wine Country
Did you know that Oregon is home to 18 distinct wine regions? While each has its own style and scenery, we recommend visiting the Willamette Valley. Located an hour south of Portland, Oregon’s leading wine region is home to lush vineyards, farms, and nearly 500 wineries. Visitors can taste a number of cool-climate varieties such as Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Gewürztraminer.
4. Oregon Coast
No vacation in the Rose City is complete without a trip to the rugged Oregon Coast. Just over the Coastal Range, you’ll find seafood joints, art galleries, and boutiques that showcase the best of the Pacific Northwest. Explore the family beaches in Seaside and Cannon Beach, or spend a day surfing at Oswald West State Park. Not sure where to start? Read our blog about the best Oregon Coast towns to visit.
5. Mt. Hood
Whether you’re visiting Portland in the winter, spring, summer, or fall, a day trip to Mt. Hood is a must. This 11,000-foot peak offers year-round snow sports and hiking and mountain biking galore. It also boasts 12 named glaciers. When you need a break from the cold, stop by the historic Timberline Lodge for a taste of Northwest alpine cuisine. The mountain is about an hour southeast of Portland.
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