Our Favorite Places to Sleep Under the Stars Around Portland, OR

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Portland. This charming northwestern city punches well above its weight, boasting beautiful and varied scenery, famously independent and unique neighborhoods and innovation all in a city that’s yet to break 4 million. If you’ve chosen Portland as your destination, you won’t be disappointed, with so much happening here year round. Read on for some of our favorite places to sleep under the stars and enjoy the great outdoors here around Rose City.

Tillamook State Forest

This temperate rainforest will transport visitors to what feels like another planet, one of the wettest regions of the nation, receiving more than one hundred inches of rain annually. Here, this lush and ancient forest is your great backdrop to enjoy hiking, backpacking, fishing, swimming, horseback riding, mountain biking, and motorsports! Between seas of Douglas firs, ferns and streams, Tillamook State Forest is your party’s next great adventure while visiting the Portland region.

Clatsop State Forest

For soaring viewpoints over Oregon, a number of campgrounds, motorsports recreation, horseback riding, hiking, and pack animal trails, Clatsop State Forest is your getaway! Here amid mountains, rolling hills, rivers, creeks, and endless verdant forests, Clatsop State Forest offers dramatic and mesmerizing scenes for animal watchers, photographers, and generally inspiring to all who come to visit. Whether for outdoor recreation or those who just want to get lost in Oregon’s silent and immersive wilderness, Clatsop State Forest is a great option to consider while visiting Portland. 

Willamette National Forest

Accommodating for campgrounds, cabin rentals, large groups, “primitive/dispersed” camping and recreational vehicles, Willamette National Forest has something for everyone here on this side of Oregon’s great outdoors. With ample space, habitats, endemic wildlife, settings, and wide open skies free of light pollution, this is a great destination for all who visit Portland and Oregon with a special interest in the natural beauty of the state. The forest also boasts some of the wettest regions in the country, some of the oldest and tallest trees in the world reaching ninety-one meters tall, and dramatic hills and streams. Photographers and animal watchers will delight in the rich diversity of the forest, from Northern spotted owls to bald eagles, Chinook salmon, black-tailed deer, black bears, cougars, elk, and wolverines. For an outdoors destination with spectacular wildlife, scenery, and experiences, Willamette National Forest is a great option for your party while in the Portland area.

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