From mountain to ocean and deserts to valleys, the region surrounding Portland offers endless adventure.
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.
Illustration by Subin Yang
Located 90 minutes from Portland, Oregon's tallest peak offers four seasons of fun.
24 Hours on Mount Hood
Plan a perfect getaway to Mount Hood, including skiing and snowboarding, with this itinerary.
Winter Sports on Mount Hood
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.
Where to Eat on Mount Hood
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.
Uncork Wine Country
A short drive from the city, the Willamette Valley wows with lush scenery and delectable wines.
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.
Explore the Gorge
Enjoy superb outdoor recreation, craft beer and dozens of waterfalls in the gorge.
Car-Free Trips to the Columbia River Gorge
With convenient shuttle buses, tour services and bike trails, visitors don't need a car to explore the gorge.
Brewing in the Gorge
Take in the outstanding beauty of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area while enjoying five outstanding brewpubs.
Biking in the Columbia River Gorge
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.
Near the City
From zip lines to whitewater rafting and horseback riding to pioneer history, these attractions are worth the (short) trips.
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.
Was this page helpful?