Portland is the perfect launchpad for adventure, with the rugged Oregon Coast, snow-capped Mount Hood, lush wine country and waterfall-filled Columbia River Gorge all within easy driving distance of the city.
Whether your interests are surfing, skiing, sipping or just trying something new, the region around Portland is ripe for exploration.
Read on to learn more about the best places to explore outside of Portland.
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Plan a perfect getaway to Mount Hood, including skiing and snowboarding, with this itinerary.
Just a 90-minute drive from downtown, Mount Hood sits right in the city’s backyard and makes for a heck of a winter playground.
Don’t hit the slopes on an empty stomach! This guide dishes on where to fuel up for the day, lunch mid-mountain and relax with pizza and pints après-ski.
North Willamette Valley Winery Tour
This Forest-Grove-based tour features picturesque wineries, an authentic sake brewery and a lively lodge.
Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route
A 50-mile drive through Washington County, this road caroms from historic site to scenic vista.
Tualatin Valley Vineyards and Farms
In Tualatin Valley, a verdant sliver of Oregon's Willamette Valley, farm-to-table isn’t a trend, it’s a way of life — and has been for years.
Wine Country Thanksgiving
During Oregon’s premier tasting and cellar-stocking event, many local wineries open their doors to the public, offering samples of favorite selections.
Wine Tours Near Portland
Let someone else do the driving while you enjoy wine tasting and vineyard views.
With convenient shuttle buses, tour services and bike trails, visitors don't need a car to explore the gorge.
Sweeping dry grasslands and jagged rocky outcroppings dominate a golden horizon on your way to explore the sunny and historic Columbia River Gorge town of The Dalles.
The Columbia River Gorge is a recreational biker’s paradise, with options including car-free blacktop, smooth single-track flows and canyon trails with tricky switchbacks.
Sauvie Island, the Manhattan-size isle is one of the largest river islands in the country just north of Portland, is where families can find an entire day’s worth of adventures with swimming, hiking, birding and local farms.
Though similar to Portland in many ways, Vancouver, Wash., a Pacific Northwest suburb in Southwest Washington is located just across the Columbia River. It can also feel like it's a world away.
The final wagon stop on the Oregon trail, Oregon City welcomes visitors with food, drink, museums and outdoor activities.
Exploring Gresham by Bike
Gresham, an east Portland suburb, offers a bevy of bike-friendly businesses and stellar views of Mount Hood.
The Portland area'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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