Day Trips Near Portland

Day Trips

Around Portland

Getting out of town for the day can be a blast, even when there's so much to do IN town, especially when you're in the Pacific Northwest. This area is well-known for its devastatingly beautiful natural wonders from waterfalls to ocean views, mountains and valleys. Visiting Portland? Rent a car and get out on the road! Local? Hit up these spots when you have a free day. And of course, use Jupiter as your landing spot after a day well-explored. Before you head out on your big adventure, make sure you...

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Willamette Valley

The Willamette Valley is home to more than 500 wineries and is known for its world class Pinot noir. And when we say world-class, we mean it. It's the kind of Pinot you'll find at the White House, if you know what we mean (seriously, pre-current ownership Willakenzie Wine was featured during Obama's tenure). The valley's many gorgeous grape-covered hills are juxtaposed next to some beautiful forest landscapes, making the drive alone worth it. You can get your fill of wine tastings, farm-to-table fare, and lots of little towns with adorably walkable downtown strips.

Willamette Valley

Oregon Coast

With the Pacific Ocean to one side and the coastal mountain range to the other, Oregon's Coast is one of a kind. We recommend heading to any of the stunning locations long the Northern Coast to see things like the shipwreck in Astoria (also home to the Goonies House, which isn't viewable by the public), Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach (time it so that you can go at low tide because -- STARFISH!!!), and the epic ocean caves at Cape Kiwanda. Just remember, if you're not from around here, these ain't no white sand, warm sun beaches; Make sure you bring a jacket, and as per most of your time in the PNW... expect rain.

Oregon Coast

Mt Hood

Mount Hood stands at 11,239 feet (3,425 meters) and is the highest point and mountain peak in the state of Oregon. It's also home to some of the most fun ski resorts like Timberline Lodge—fun fact: Stanley Kubrick's The Shining used the exterior of Timberline Lodge for filming their infamous Overlook Hotel—and the Mount Hood Meadows. If you're an outdoorsy type, there's endless spots for camping, hiking, bouldering, climbing, skiing and so much more. Rain or shine, spring, summer, fall or winter, you'll love the fresh air and fun times on this potentially active stratovolcano—wait, what??? 

Mt Hood

Columbia River Gorge / Hood River

If you look at Portland on a map, you'll see that we're about as north in Oregon as you can get before hitting Washington. What's between the two states, you might ask? The incredibly beautiful Columbia River Gorge, of course! While simply being on the road on or near the Gorge is stunning enough, the vistas on the cliff sides are worth stopping and gawking at, and the hiking is unparalleled. There are waterfalls aplenty on the road between Portland and Hood River, for instance. We highly recommend stopping at Multnomah Falls (and maybe Horsetail, Ponytail, or Wahclella Falls, or any of the other 90+ waterfalls on the Gorge... Heck, if you see a sign on the road, stop!) on your way out to Hood River for a day of breweries, windsurfing, and walking around.

Columbia River Gorge

Washington Park (in Portland!)

Okay, this one is for all you let's-stay-in-town-ers: Washington Park in Portland's SW quadrant is a uniquely Portland experience where you can spend ALL day (believe us, we've done it!). This "Park" includes a zoo, forestry museum, arboretum, rose garden, Japanese garden, amphitheater, memorials, archery range, tennis courts, soccer field, picnic areas, playgrounds, public art and many acres of wild forest with miles of trails. If you feel the need to go outdoors but don't want to rent a car to leave, the Trimet bus system (or MAX light rail) takes you right to the park!

Washington Park

LAND AT THE JUPITER

Adventure to your heart's content, then unwind in the center of it all! Need a place to cozy up and decompress before heading up to your room for the evening? Stop in at Hey Love for a night cap. Summer at Jupiter Hotel is unparalleled. All we need is YOU.

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