Near the City

Get out of the city to explore these offerings around the Portland region.

Oregon City Willamette Falls Mt. Hood Oregon City's Willamette Falls with Mount Hood in the background.

From zip lines to whitewater rafting and horseback riding to pioneer history, these attractions are worth the (short) trips.


  • Exploring Gresham by bike

    Gresham, an east Portland suburb, offers a bevy of bike-friendly businesses and stellar views of Mount Hood.

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  • Classic race cars from many decades are beautifully displayed at the World of Speed racing museum.

    World of Speed

    Through interactive exhibits and displays featuring 100 historic race cars and motorcycles, this museum tells a vivid tale of America’s love affair with life in the fast lane.

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  • Sunset’s orange glow bath Mt. Hood’s snow capped peaks, Oregon City’s homes and Willamette Falls’ frothy waters.

    Oregon City

    The final wagon stop on the Oregon trail, Oregon City remains as much a destination today as ever.

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  • End of the Oregon Trail

    At the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center and Historic Site visitors can discover what it was like to be a pioneer.

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  • Vancouver

    Though similar to Portland in many ways, Vancouver, Wash., a suburb located just across the Columbia River, can also feel like it's a world away.

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  • Fort Vancouver

    The region's only national historic site is centered around a complete replica of Fort Vancouver, a fur-trading camp founded in 1825.

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  • Families gathered on Sauvie Island with blankets spread and picnics at hand as the late summer sun turns golden.

    Sauvie Island

    Families can find an entire day’s worth of adventures on this island just northwest of Portland.

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  • Four waterslides coming out of the tail section of an airplane at Wings & Waves waterpark.

    Kid-friendly regional attractions

    Trips outside the city promise all-ages entertainment. Here are four must-see attractions within two hours of downtown Portland.

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  • St. Helens

    Columbia County has long been renowned among nature lovers. But the county’s inviting main town also has plenty to offer.

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