outdoor adventures

24 hours on Mount Hood

Plan a perfect getaway to Mount Hood, including skiing, snowboarding, with this itinerary.

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Accessible trails in and near Portland

Portland and the Columbia River Gorge are filled with hiking opportunities, many of which have Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible portions.

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Silver Falls State Park

Famous for its abundance of picturesque waterfalls, Silver Falls State Park is the largest state park in Oregon at 9,200 acres (3723 hectares) and one of the most popular.

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Sunrise hikes near Portland

The secret is out: Oregon’s delivers some of the nation’s best hiking. Beat the crowds by heading out extra early to embark on a breathtaking sunrise hike.

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Spring hikes near Portland

There’s something special about the first spring hike of the year. Enjoy wildflowers, bird watching and breathtaking scenery on these springtime rambles.

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Best spots for spring flowers

Find your favorite blooms, from roses to rhododendrons and tulips to trilliums, with our guide to spring flower viewing in Portland.

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Bird-watching in Portland

Catch sight of 200+ types of birds at the Portland area's dozens of prime bird watching destinations, including sanctuaries, refuges and urban parks.

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Winter hikes in and near Portland

Oregon’s great outdoors offers excellent adventures all year-round. Here are six Portland-area paths perfect for all-weather adventures.

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Swimming holes near Portland

Stay cool all summer long at these serene swimming spots, surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest — and all less than an hour away from Portland.

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The berry best in and around Portland

If you find yourself in Portland during berry season (June­–August), don’t leave without sampling the Pacific Northwest’s sweet summer bounty.

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