THINGS TO DO
We’ve put together a list of consistent crowd pleasers below—first a map of activities in Portland and second a map of activities within a couple of hours driving.
Rather than recreating and keeping content up to date, we'll point you to some folks who do so more reliably! If you find a particular resource helpful that isn't on our list, please let us know and we'll add it!
Short Sands beach is one of our favorite spots on the Oregon coast.
You park at Oswald West state Park parking, the hike down though old-growth forest to Short Sands beach. We prefer the trailhead that leaves from the west-side parking lot (liekly on the right if you are driving from Portland)
Enjoy watching the surfers and taking in the moodiness of the Oregon coast. There are multiple hikes that you can access from this area, too.
For winter sports, you’ll head to Mt Hood, about an hour and a half drive from Portland.
Timberline has a beautiful lodge and is a touch closer to Portland. Meadows has a larger ski area.
Often the weather is different on the two faces of the mountain, so the weather/snow at any given time is often helpful in choosing which to visit.
Snowshoeing is also available. Here’s the List of trails.
Just east of Portland (out I-84), you’ll find the amazing Columbia River Gorge.
With a host of trails and sights on both the Washington and Oregon sides of the River, you can easily fill a day (or two) with waterfall sightings, hikes, craft beer, and more.
For most of the parking areas on the Oregon side, you’ll need to pay a day use fee–or borrow our annual pass. Just let us know and we’ll get it to you.
Some popular spots in the gorge:
We're so lucky to be so close to Portland's urban forest. With over 90 miles of trails, you're sure to find adventure!
We spend quite a bit of time on the Forest Park trails, so whether you're looking to hike or run, we're happy to help you find the perfect route!