Are you traveling to Portland and wondering what to do on your stay? Or maybe you live there and are in dire need of a little weekend getaway out of town. Either way, if the urge to go explore the Portland area is hitting you, here is a little guide with fun day trips around the city.
Typically, people think Napa Valley when they think about American wine country, but did you know there are a ton of wineries right near Portland? The cute town of Hood River, Oregon is a perfect place to start as there are loads of cute wineries around. And even if you’re not a huge fan of wine, you’ll find something for everyone here:
· Spring Blooms: In early April, the region explodes with pink and white flowers as the cherry, apple, and pear trees in the orchards all begin to bloom.
· Beer: There are great craft breweries around Hood River, as well as a cider fest and a hops fest!
· Windsurfing: If you like adrenaline-inducing sports, Hood River is the windsurfing capital of America! You’ll also have the opportunity for other fun activities like rock climbing, kiteboarding, and paddle-boarding.
Feeling the need for some salty breezes and ocean views? It’s a bit longer of a drive (perhaps better suited to a weekend trip) but Pacific City is a lovely town right on the coast. Its biggest draw is the nearby state park, Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, where you can explore sound dunes and hike rugged cliffs along the sea. Pack a picnic and a kite and make a day of it on the beach relaxing after your hike!
Columbia River Gorge
If you like pretty scenery – and really, who doesn’t? – you’ll love Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, which is only about 40 minutes from Portland. This gem of a canyon is full of viewpoints and hiking trails. And those trails are extra rewarding because the canyon has over 90 waterfalls that you can hike to! The loop trail to Multnomah Falls in particular can’t be missed. You’ll be treated to several smaller waterfalls as you make your way up the trail until you get to Oregon’s tallest waterfall, the jaw-dropping Multnomah Falls. So, lace up your hiking boots and go explore the gorge!
Sometimes a relaxing day at the lake is just what the doctor ordered, and an hour and a half outside of Portland, Frog Lake is a perfect spot for it. Situated just south of Mount Hood, the lake offers jaw-dropping views of the mountain. If you enjoy photography, you can great shots of the mountain reflected in the lake, too! You could spend a wonderful day barbecuing by the lakeside, or even make it into a weekend trip by staying at the campground! Recreational activities like swimming, fishing, and boating are all allowed at the lake.
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