25 Best Day Trips From Portland

Best Day Trips From Portland

Road trips and staycations, which have previously been staples of budget travelers, have become even more popular as people forego flights and long exposure to strangers. More than ever, people have turned their attention to their local area to find getaway ideas, Here are the best day trips from Portland, in every direction.

Multnomah Falls

First up is Multnomah Falls, the most visited natural recreation site in the Pacific Northwest. It is also the tallest waterfall in Oregon at 620 feet high. The Multnomah Falls area was originally developed with a pathway, viewing bridge, and lodge constructed in 1925.Since then, a switchback trail was added that takes hikers to the top of the falls.

Crown Point/Vista House

Driving through the Columbia River Gorge on I-84, travelers rounding the bend near Corbett are greeted with a spectacular sight. This is the famous Vista House atop Crown Point, one of the Gorge’s most recognized and famous features. The Vista House was built in 1916 and can only be reached by driving the winding and historic Columbia River Gorge Highway.

Bridge of the Gods

The Bridge of the Gods, named after the geological feature of the same name, is a steel truss cantilever bridge spanning the Columbia River between Cascade Locks, Oregon, and Washington state. Originally built in 1926, this nearly 2,000-foot toll bridge is the lowest point on the Pacific Crest Trail and is a favorite of Gorge travelers.

Rowena Crest Viewpoint

This iconic viewpoint is just a short walk from the parking lot and offers sweeping views of the hills, cliffs, and Gorge. But what makes Rowena iconic is the horseshoe curve along the road visible from the viewpoint. Rowena Crest Viewpoint is a little over an hour drive from Portland.

Timberline Lodge

Built as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project during the Great Depression, Timberline is home to the historic lodge, a ski resort, and great hiking. Timberline is also the only place in the continental U.S. where you can ski in the summer and is the U.S. Ski Team’s training place.

Skibowl

Skibowl is home to the largest night ski resort in the winter and an adventure park in the summer. The main adventure park attraction is a half-mile long dual-track alpine slide, but there is also mini-golf, bungee jumping, zip-lining, and go-cart racing.

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