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What are some good day trips from Portland?

Asked by Trulia Portland, Portland, OR Tue May 7, 2013

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Sounds like you have a lot of suggestions! However here are mine. If you have kiddos the Oregon Coast is a must. The beach at Cannon Beach is really kid friendly with the Dee River running right into the ocean it allows kids to play in the water without actually getting to far out in the ocean. Also a short walk down the beach to Haystack rock for the tide pools.

Next a trip up to Mt Hood. Their is an adventure park at Ski Bowl during the summer which has about 20 or so different activities including slides. Their are several places to hike around Mt Hood also!

Lastly, head towards Newberg and Dundee. Their are SO many wineries. That is always a great day trip!

I hope that helps! Have fun exploring this beautiful state!

0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 22, 2013
The award winning wineries are only 60 minutes SW of Portland towards Newberg/Dundee and you have many tasting rooms. Call and check to see when they are open? On weekends always but week days by apt. Fun trip and if you drive a little further go see the Air Museum In McMinnville and see the Spruce Goose and they have an indoor water park. many things to see in Portland that are less than 2 hours away. Tom Inglesby, Broker
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 2, 2013
The list of things to do is endless, but here is my top ten:

1. THE Mountain
As you drive through Portland or across one of our bridges over to Washington, look off to the east and you will see one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. A little over an hour away, Mt. Hood is a treasure to behold. Enjoy the historic Timberline Lodge, hike or ski or just gaze in awe at this natural wonder. Don’t forget our neighbor to the north Mt. Saint Helens.

2. The Beauty of Washington Park
Washington Park is one of the oldest, best-loved and well-used parks in Portland. I recommend a trip to the Rose Garden any time of the year. From the garden you have a tremendous view of the city and of “Top Pick #1”, Mt. Hood. If you run, walk or bike, there are miles of wooded trails to enjoy. The children will love the CM2, The Children’s Discovery Museum and the Zoo. At the Forestry Center, enjoy exhibits and information about our forests and the forestry industry. Stunning and serene he Japanese Garden is gorgeous year round.

3. Saturday Market
Portland Saturday Market is one of Portland’s top 10 attractions. Established in 1974, Portland Saturday Market is the largest outdoor arts and crafts market in continuous operation in the United States. Enjoy music, ethnic foods and the colorful wares the vendors sell. Portland People watching at its best.

4. McMenamin’s Pubs
Each one of McMenamin’s Pubs is unique. They find fascinating old buildings, add their own special art and funky touches, put out a menu of “dungeon burgers and salmon sandwiches” and draw in the crowds. They have their own microbrews, fantastic entertainment and the friendliest wait staff in town. Try several of their pubs, which are all different and fun!

5. Downtown Portland
Whether you hang out at Pioneer Place, enjoy the sculptures along the streets or shop at our top-notch stores, you will enjoy a day in downtown Portland. Take the Max to save parking hassles, and then enjoy your day shopping and dining. Have some extra energy? Head down to the Riverplace and enjoy the bridges, boats, and boutiques. The Streetcar winds it way through downtown, the Pearl & Northwest. Check out the Portland Aerial Tram serving our newest neighborhood, the South Waterfront

6. The Pearl District
Just say the words, “It’s in the Pearl,” and people are motivated to go… whether it’s to look at the newest lofts being built, check out a new restaurant or attend First Thursday gallery openings. The Pearl is being revitalized and the effects are astounding in this chic urban playground.

7. The Rose Festival
The Portland Rose Festival, Oregon’s premier civic celebration, has been a Northwest tradition for 95 years. This unique festival bursts into bloom each spring to celebrate the City of Roses with events, excitement and entertainment for all ages. More than two million spectators enjoy the festival, which features 25 days of events and festivities, which celebrate the past, embrace the future and promote family fun, cultural diversity and civic pride. Welcome to Rosaria.

8. The Columbia River Gorge
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is a spectacular river canyon cutting the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountain Range. The mighty Columbia River provides visitors with spectacular views, locals with electricity and most importantly is home to a myriad of plant and animal life. This rich environment attracts thousands of sightseers, outdoor enthusiasts, and travelers each year. The winding road of the scenic highway will deliver you to Multnomah Falls while simultaneously captivating you along the way with breathtaking views of the Columbia River Gorge. Be sure to stop at the Vista House at Crown Point, as well as the many other rest stops and viewpoints along the way.

9. Our Oregon Coast
The Oregon Coast, less than two hours away from Portland, is full of surprises. Whether it’s a brief storm followed by a glorious rainbow or a special find in one of the area antique shops, your visit to the coast will be memorable. Slow down; open you eyes and your heart. Dubbed the Peoples Coast for the miles of sandy beaches, you will be rewarded with a special experience.

10. Outdoor Festivals
Festivals abound in the Portland and all across Oregon and Southwest Washington. These fun events may provide you with specialty foods and drinks or the best jazz ever. You may be surprised at the variety. When you live in Portland, you can keep busy just going to festivals.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 15, 2013
The list is endless - Depending on your likes...

From sight seeing in the mountains - to a river ride on the Columbia -
The Dam - Timberline - St Helens - Ski Bowl - Kah-Nee-Ta- Bend - Three Sisters - Deschutes River
Did I mention the Beach - Haystack Rock - Nehalem Bay - Lincoln City - The old Fort there - I forgot the name.... Seaside -

Try coming to Florida - a different kind of lifestyle - NO WEBBED FEET REQUIRED
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 15, 2013
I would definitely recommend driving The Gorge and stopping at some hiking trails, visiting the falls but, also making your way to Hood River and visiting the breweries out that way. There are also some family friendly stops such as the new off river parks, family owned restaurants, and sail boat businesses for river tours. If you go West, of course there's everything the coast has to offer. Though there are some neat opportunities to visit wineries and day parks as well as family fun farms or the food carts within the city as you make your way out. I would recommend oaks park for some simple fun with family or heading west to a wine tasting trip!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 14, 2013
All of the previous suggestions are good ideas if you want to hop in the car and go. Here are some none-car choices.
1. By train. Take Amtrack to Seattle for a day Mariner game, then back in the evening.
2. By limo. Take a limo to the wine country in Dundee.
3. By boat. Take the stearnwheeler up the Columbia River Gorge.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 8, 2013
Tillamook cheese factory, tour and picnic at Pittock Mansion, Lincoln City with outlet mall and casino, wine tasting in our incredible wine country, McMinnville to the air museum. Plus there are a million awesome things to do right in Portland!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 8, 2013
if you are a hiker, the Gorge is fabulous. OF course, there's Multnomah Falls (crowded, but worth a look). Then you could hike nearby Wahkeena Fails (less people) of Dog Mountain (beautiful vistas). Have fun
Janeese Jackson, Principal Broker
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 8, 2013
You could also visit Mt Saint Helen's.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 7, 2013
The northern Coast like Canon Beach, Seaside or Astoria, Mt Hood, and the Columbia River Gorge are the three day trips we go on when we are entertaining out of town visitors.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 7, 2013
Go take a look at the falls. Go to see the mountains that are close - so many things to see and do.
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