There is so much to see and do within Portland, but the best part of Portland is the fact that it’s so dang close to so much you can experience all kinds of adventures. As summer winds down these are some great places to get to before the school season starts. If you don’t make it before then, don’t worry, September and October are usually good months to take in the last of summer. Enjoy any of these as day trips or weekend getaways while the weather is still great.
Hood River is just 65 miles outside of Portland and most of the trip is Freeway making it a very fast getaway. This is a place we actually frequent often as a weekend getaway. The town is filled with amazing food, which is a huge draw for us, but also the breweries and wineries abound here.
- If you are into water sports you can try Kiteboarding, Windsurfing or even something more relaxing like Paddleboarding.
- You will also find all kinds of trail rides and plenty of hikes in the area.
- If you find yourself wanting to stay the night, our favorite place to stay is Hood River Hotel in downtown Hood River. It’s over 100 years old, so no 4 star by any means, but it is close to all the action and many restaurants. It’s even an easy walk down to the river. We almost wrote them off, but instead we gave them another shot and have been there at least 3 more times since.
- We have many favorite restaurants, but for sure don’t miss the dessert from Solstice and the beer from Pfriem.
Columbia Gorge – You can drive for miles along the Scenic Columbia Gorge Highway and enjoy many waterfalls from your car. If you take time to leave your car what you will find will amaze you. Multnomah Falls is a popular one, but take time hike the less crowded and very spectacular ones like Fairy Falls or Wahclella, which happens to be a great one for families as it’s just a mile in. Triple Falls also offers more than just that one waterfall at end. If you must stop at Multnomah Falls make sure you hike up and beyond. There are quite a few waterfalls up behind it that many won’t venture on to see.
Wine Tasting in Dundee, Oregon. Not only are there many places to taste wine in this area, but some of these wineries offer stunning views of the valley. A few of the wineries you might find in the area are Archery Summit, Duck Pond Cellars and Erath Vineyards. For the huge list of all that are in the area read on here.
You never want to head out on an empty stomach so may I suggest you stop at Red Hills Market. Not only will you eat some great food, but you can stock up on local product like Sea salt from the Oregon coast, BBQ sauce by Big Tony and you just might find a book called “Best Places to Pee in Portland. Order The Roast Beef Sandwich. Trust me on this one and any of the wood fired pizzas. It’s always hard to pass up their meat and cheese plate too. If you have a little time to hang out you can play Cornhole or Bocce Ball.
Pacific City is about an hour and half away from Portland. Again if you find yourself just wanting to spend more time, we love to stay at Cape Kiwanda, where every single room has an ocean view. We watch Living Social and snag a deal there whenever we can. Usually those deals come with food and beer vouchers from Pelican Pub, which is walking distance away.
At Pacific City there is a huge sand dune that you can hike. It’s a workout, but the view from the top is worth the effort, plus once you get back down you can go straight to Pelican Pub and celebrate with a beer or clam chowder, you will have earned it. Try and stay for the sunset. Nothing is better than sunset on the beach.
Silver Falls is south of Portland and just over an hour away. It’s nearly 9 miles and has 10 waterfalls. If there has been a dry spring and summer the falls do start to dwindle as we discovered one year. The main falls is always spectacular (and you can walk behind it), but some of the others are more sparse. The trail is still a great place to hike regardless. You do not have to do the whole loop, there is a smaller trail as well. There is a parking fee at this park as it’s a Oregon State Park.
Astoria is almost 2 hours outside of Portland, but it has lots to enjoy. There is hiking, the riverwalk, breweries, maps of the homes used in Goonies and Short Circuit plus so much more. Here are 12 Things to do in Astoria plus 8 Places to Dine in Astoria.
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What is your favorite Day Trip Outside of Portland?