Best Day Trips from Portland: 16 Great Portland Day Trips
Looking for a guide to the best day trips from Portland to plan your next getaway? You’re in the right place! Portlanders are known for their outdoor, adventurous lifestyles. Where else do you have access to a big city, beautiful coastlines, snowy mountain peaks, and high desert hiking all within a couple hours’ drive of your home?
Portland serves as a hub for exploring the cities and natural wonders that surround it in the Pacific Northwest, and we’re here to help you plan the perfect day trip from Portland. Whether you’re just visiting, new to the city, or a long time resident, I’ll walk you through the best options for how to plan your trip, and give you all the need-to-know information to make the most of your day.
Who am I? I’m Diana, a Portland native that has called the city home for my entire life (save a few years around college). I have the insider knowledge to help you plan the perfect Portland day trip, whether you’re looking for a great hike near Portland, or you’re more in the mood for relaxing and doing some wine tasting.
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The Best Day Trips From Portland: A Complete Guide
Let’s get right into the best day trips to take from Portland, Oregon.
In the guide below, we’ve got a mix between day trips that focus on the outdoors – hiking, water sports, and waterfalls – and charming cities and towns that make a great day trip destination. Here’s a quick overview to help you find the right day trip, depending on what you’re looking for.
It’s worth noting that some of the Portland day trips below definitely have elements of both the outdoors and charming towns and cities – it’s Oregon, after all!
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Looking for outdoor adventure near Portland? The outdoor enthusiasm in Portland is alive and well! Whether it’s cycling, hiking, skiing, surfing, or windsurfing, your adventure is waiting.
Looking for some more low-key Portland day trips? Whether you’re into wine tasting, cruising the Oregon Coast, or just exploring a charming town or city, there are plenty of options within a couple of hours of Portland.
The Columbia River Gorge
Distance from Portland: 30 – 70 miles / 30 min – 1 hour
How to get there: Oregon, east on I-84. Washington, east on WA-14.
The Gorge features a wide and powerful river flanked by thousand-foot forested walls with waterfalls cascading down. A 90-mile long canyon formed by the Missoula Floods at the end of the last ice-age.
The Columbia River serves as the border between Oregon and Washington, so when planning your trip you’ll have to decide when and if you’ll need to cross it. You can cross in Portland on the I-205 bridge, or at Cascade Locks about 40 miles east at the Bridge of the Gods (note there is a $2 toll each way for this bridge).
The Bridge of the Gods is a destination in itself, and you might recognize it from the movie, Wild, when Reese Witherspoon walks across it to end her PCT trek. It’s the only way for thru-hikers to get into Washington, and in late summer it’s not uncommon to see scraggly, weathered wanderers making their way across.
Hikes in the Columbia River Gorge
Many of the best hikes near Portland are found in the Gorge – here are some trails to add to your hiking bucket list.
We’ve got a WHOLE GUIDE to the best hikes in the Columbia River Gorge that you’re going to want to read if you’re planning a day trip out there.
Multnomah Falls & Wahkeena Falls Loop – At only a 35 minute drive from Portland, this is the most popular spot in the Gorge and prohibitively busy on the weekends. The falls is 620 ft tall, making it the tallest waterfall in Oregon, and the 2.4 mile round trip hike to the top is surprisingly hard. If you’ve got extra time, try the 5 mile Wahkeena Falls loop hike and see six different waterfalls. If it’s hot enough you can take a dip in the pool at the bottom of Wahkeena.
Latourell Falls – Latourell Falls is 214 ft tall and this 2 mile short hike is great for kids. About 35 minutes from Portland.
Dog Mountain – Probably the most popular hike in the Gorge, known for its wildflowers and stunning views unobstructed by trees. Dog Mountain is on the Washington side and about an hour’s drive from Portland. You’ll need to obtain a free permit to climb it on the weekends during wildflower season. It’s about 7 miles roundtrip and a real calf burner, but the views are worth it!
Hamilton Mountain – One of my favorite hikes in the Gorge, also located on the Washington side, this 7.5 mile hike has a steady incline with lots of overlooks on your way to the top. If you don’t have the time to do Hamilton, try to pop up to Beacon Rock, a short but powerful 1.8 mile hike up a giant rock looking out over the Columbia. A 50 minute drive from Portland.
Coyote Wall – This hike clocks in at 8 miles round trip, but it’s easy to shorten it and head back down whenever you like. The open meadows and rocky trails make this a premier destination for mountain bikers, and it’s great for those first sunny days of spring when your body has been begging for vitamin D. One hour from Portland.
Dry Creek Falls – An easy 4.5 mile hike to a picturesque 75 foot falls. Great to hit up on your way to Hood River.
Where to Eat & Drink in the Gorge
(a.k.a. the most important part of a hike)
Check out these local haunts in smaller towns along the Gorge.
Walking Man Brewing – Located in Stevenson, WA, Walking Man is a little under an hour from Portland. I opt for their house IPA, but if you can handle a 9.0% beer try their crowd favorite, Homo Erectus. Stevenson is a cute town on its own if you feel like taking a stroll down main street. If beer isn’t your thing, head two blocks up the street to Bigfoot Coffee Roasters.
Thunder Island – Located on the Oregon side in Cascade Locks, Thunder Island operates out of a huge warehouse right on the water. Good food. Good beer. Lots of lawn games set up on their kid-and-dog-friendly patio. 45 minutes from Portland.
Level Beer – Level is technically in Portland, but it’s pretty out of the way and since opening in 2016 it’s become a staple post-Gorge stop for grub and beer. They have a massive covered patio and a handful of food trucks in their parking lot, so you can get beer from Level and bring food in from the trucks.
Other Cool Gorge Destinations
Add in one of these stops along with your hike for some killer options for your day trip.
Vista House at Crown Point – If you’re headed out to Hood River and don’t have time for a hike, drive up to Crown Point for an incredible view up and down the river. The Vista House itself is gorgeous with a domed ceiling and marbled floors – hard to believe it used to be a rest stop back in 1918!
Bonneville Dam – Any kid who grew up in Portland will tell you the best field trip in elementary school was to Bonneville Dam (or maybe that’s just me). You can access the dam from both the Oregon and Washington side, but I prefer Washington (though I’ll give a shout out to the 11-foot-long Herman the Sturgeon who resides on the Oregon side). Get a guided tour then spend some time in the fish viewing room as salmon, sockeye, and lamprey (ew!) fight their way up the fish ladder. They haven’t changed the rainbow carpeting since the 70’s and god bless them for it.
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center – This is a really cool museum, with plenty of stuff to keep kids entertained. A great pairing with one of the shorter hikes in the Gorge.
Distance from Portland: 73 miles / 1 hour 30 minutes
How to get there: Head east on US-26.
If you look up the word “mountain” in the dictionary, I swear there’d be a picture of Mt. Hood in there. It’s a perfect mountain, and I’m not just saying that because it’s my mountain. There’s so much to do on and around Hood, and it’s one of our favorite places to go within a couple of hours of Portland. .
Hikes near Mount Hood
There are a seemingly unlimited number of incredible hikes near Mt. Hood.
Timberline Trail: There are several good hikes (and skiing in the winter!) that start at Timberline Lodge (used for the exterior shots of the Overlook Hotel in The Shining). A good one to start with is the ZigZag Overlook hike at 4.5 miles. It’s an easy trail, but since you start at 6,000 ft you’ll get to enjoy the alpine views without the major workout.
If you’re an experienced hiker looking for a full (and tough) day, my favorite option is the 12 mile Paradise Park hike. After your hike, grab food and drinks in one of the lodge’s numerous dining spots.
Ramona Falls – Ramona Falls is magical and makes you feel like you’re a fairy, or at least like you’re going to see fairies. This is a 7 mile loop hike, but be warned there’s a river crossing, and if there have been heavy rains, I would advise another hike. About 75 minutes outside of Portland.
McNeil Point – This is a tough 10.4 mile hike, so don’t attempt it unless you’re prepared, but the payoff is worth it. The hike takes you through some of the most stunning mountain terrain to a historic stone shelter built to protect hikers trapped in severe weather. You’ll probably see some adorable marmots along the way too.
Tom, Dick, and Harry Mountain – This very popular 7.7 mile hike takes you past the iconic Mirror Lake. The trailhead parking lot fills up fast since it’s right on the 26, so hit it up early in the day.
Trillium Lake – It doesn’t get much better than Trillium Lake for a picture-perfect Mt. Hood reflection. There’s a nice 2 mile loop hike around the lake which is easy for kids to do. Be sure to bring your swimsuit and some blowup rafts or inner tubes to enjoy the (most likely cold, yet refreshing) mountain waters.
Ski Bowl’s Winter and Summer Adventure Park – In the winter, in addition to superior skiing and snowboarding, the park has sledding runs and “cosmic tubing.” In the summer it transforms and has everything from zip-lining, mountain biking, to a half-mile long dual alpine slide.
Beer and Food in Government Camp
Must I say again how this is the most important part of a hike?
- Mt. Hood Brewing Co. – Located in Government Camp, this is a standard post-hike/ski spot for visitors to the mountain. Try their Ice Axe IPA.
- Ratskeller Pizzeria – Also in Govy (what the locals call Government Camp). Some darn good pizza, and huge portions!
- Joe’s Donuts – It’s an unwritten rule that you have to stop at Joe’s Donuts in Sandy on your way up to the mountain, especially if you’re heading out early. Pick up a maple bar and cup of joe to fuel your adventures.
Mt. St. Helens
Distance from Portland: 70 miles / 1 hour 30 minutes
How to get there: I-5 North to the Lewis River Road.
St. Helens’ 1980 eruption triggered a massive debris avalanche that created a horseshoe-shaped crater, and reduced the mountain’s peak by about 1,300 ft. An interesting comparison with the heretofore unerupted Mt. Hood.
What to Do at Mt. St. Helens
June Lake – This is an easy 2.5 mile hike that takes you past a lava flow and up to a small lake and waterfall. Though quite nice in the warmer months, this hike really shines during the winter as a snowshoeing adventure. If you do go in the snow, you’ll have to start about a mile away from the trailhead at Marble Mountain Sno-Park, as the road to June Lake is closed in the winter.
Ape Caves – Though a fairly short 2 mile hike, there’s a longer option that adds another 2.5 miles. Next to climbing to the top of the blasted-off dome, this is the coolest thing to do on Helens. The Ape Caves are actually the longest lava tube in North America, formed about 2,000 years ago. This is NOT an experience for the claustrophobic as you’ll head underground and into some fairly tight places. Wear warm clothes and bring a good flashlight and headlamp if you can, as it’s pitch black down there. They rent lanterns at the trailhead if you forget yours.
Sheep Canyon Loop Hike – This is a longer hike at 12 miles, and moderately difficult. It’ll take you through dense forest, crystal-clear creeks, wildflower meadows, giant talus slopes, and sweeping views of Helens.
Silver Falls State Park
Distance from Portland: 70 miles / 1 hour 30 minutes
How to get there: I-5 North to the Lewis River Road.
A stunning and very busy 9,000 acre park located about an hour south of Portland, just east of Salem. If you can hit it mid-week, you’ll avoid some of the crowds. Fun post-hike excursions are the Gordon House by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, or the Oregon Garden.
Trail of Ten Falls – This popular loop trail is the main draw of Silver Falls State Park. It will take you past all ten of the park’s waterfalls, including the towering South Falls at the beginning of the trail, and the North Falls, which is the turnaround point for the loop. The trail itself is not difficult, but at nearly 8 miles it will take some time.
Post-hike treats in Salem: Load up on gluten-free donut holes at Bigwig Donuts, grab coffee or a beer at Archive Coffee & Bar, or pop in for lunch at Fork Forty food hall and choose from several vendors to please every palate in your group.
Cape Kiwanda, in Pacific City, is about a 1hr 45min from Portland, so it’s stretching the day-tripness, but the drive itself along OR-6 and down the 101 are so beautiful you can consider them part of your adventure. The Cape is known for its tide pools, sand dunes, and incredible beaches. Hike up to the bluff on the north side of the beach for the best view.
After you’re done frolicking at the Cape, head into town and grab coffee and a pastry at Stimulus Coffee & Bakery (bonus – they have vegan options!). Or, if you need something more substantial, try Pelican Brewing Company for indoor and outdoor seating, spectacular views, and phenomenal beer.
Hood River – The Quintessential Portland Day Trip
Distance from Portland: 65 miles / 1 hour
How to get there: Straight shot east on the I-84.
Things to Do in Hood River
Hiking in Hood River
Because so many of the Gorge hikes are on the way to Hood River, this is a great way to start your day. Start out early from Portland, hit up one of the hikes I’ve mentioned in the Columbia River Gorge section, then head into Hood River for lunch, shopping, or more sightseeing.
We have an entire guide dedicated to the best hikes near Hood River to help you find an amazing hike nearby.
It’s impossible to talk about Hood River without mentioning water sports. This area is world renowned (yes – world) for their kite & windsurfing. If all you do is walk down to the waterfront and watch kiteboarders soar 20 or 30 ft in the air, you’ll have a blast, but if you want to try it yourself, check out these local companies who can hook you up with equipment and lessons: Hood River SUP and Kayak, Big Winds, or Gorge Paddling Center.
Explore the Hood River Valley
This valley is known for its fruit production, farms, scenic drives, and local wineries.
The Fruit Loop – Locally famous, this is a 35-mile driving (or biking!) route that takes you past 29 farm stands to sample and buy fruit, veggies, wine, food, ciders, and flowers. Most stands are only open during harvest season, and many offer u-pick options so you don’t feel like you’ve been in a car all day.
Hood River Lavender – A beautiful lavender farm you’ll find as part of the fruit loop. Cute gift shop with tons of lavender products and an attached winery.
Draper Girls Farm – A great spot to buy cider or u-pick apples. Plus, they have goats and llamas!
Hiyu Wine Farm – This place is spendy but gorgeous. Hiyu prides itself on sustainability and offers simple yet elegant wine and food pairings.
Stave & Stone Winery – Great views. Great wine pairings. Great vineyard cats! Be sure to make a reservation as this place is popular.
Solera Brewing – Located in Parkdale, 15 miles south of Hood River. Go on a sunny day and sit out back on their “patio” (which is more like an open field expanding out to a shockingly close view of Mt. Hood.) They also have hula hoops. Just sayin.
Read more: The Best Things to Do in Hood River, Oregon
Where to Eat & Drink in Hood River
pFriem – pFriem is located on the Hood River waterfront and has excellent food and beer options. My favorite is their Helles Lager.
Full Sail – Full Sail is Hood River’s largest brewery. Their pub offers good food and beer selections with a nice view of the river, but the coolest part is that you can walk by their packaging plant and look in the windows and it’s just like Laverne and Shirley. Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!
Double Mountain – This is my favorite brewery in town. Go for the beer and the pizza and the good vibes.
Honorable mention: Everybody’s Brewing – This is actually across the river in White Salmon, WA, but it’s big and has great food and great beer. A good option if everywhere in Hood River is packed.
Kickstand Coffee – My favorite coffee in Hood River, but they also have delicious food and cocktails, so what have you got to lose really.
Pine Street Bakery – A solid spot for coffee and a pastry, but they really excel at sandwiches.
Lake Taco – So reasonable, so good, and they have homemade potato chips that will give you all kinds of feelings.
Distance from Portland: 98 miles / 1 hour 45 minutes
How to get there: There are two ways – along the US-26W then up on 101N, or along US-30W. The 26 is slightly shorter, but I prefer the 30.
A picturesque coastal town at the mouth of the Columbia River. A hub for the fishing and shipping industry with tons of history, dining, drinking, and shopping.
Pssst! We have a whole guide on the best things to do in Astoria!
Where to Eat & Drink in Astoria
Astoria (like most Oregon towns) has many breweries to choose from. My two favorites are Buoy Beer Co for great beer and food and one of the best locations in town. It’s in an old cannery building right on the water with windows surrounding the dining room and bar. Plus, they have this cool section of glass floor to look down at the water below. Fort George Brewing, my second pick, has a huge taproom in the historic Fort George building in downtown Astoria. Get their wood fired pizza and a Vortex IPA.
Frite & Scoop – Remember when you were a kid and you thought you were being so innovative dipping your fries in your milkshake? Well, someone has made a living doing that now and it’s just as good as it was back then. Fries + ice cream = a match made in heaven.
Blue Scorcher – Cardamom almond rolls. Do it.
Things to Do in Astoria
Fort Stevens State Park – There’s so much to do at Fort Stevens, so plan on staying a while. Excellent beach access, a lake you can swim in, trails, camping, old military buildings you can walk through, and a shipwreck!
Astoria Column – The Astoria Column was erected in 1926 and stands at 125 ft. You’ll climb a never ending spiral staircase up to the top and get the best view ever of the coast. Buy a cheap glider in the gift shop and send it off from the top.
Lewis & Clark National Historical Park – This place is the bomb. Last time I went there was a lady in old timey dress tanning hides with REAL COW BRAINS. Yes, it smelled terrible. Yes, it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen and she talked me through the whole process. If this sounds fun to you (we should be friends!), and you should visit this park.
Distance from Portland: 80 miles / 1 hour 30 minutes
How to get there: Straight shot west on the US-26.
There’s too much to choose from in this perfect coastal town for hiking, eating, drinking, shopping, and exploring, so here’s a teaser.
Here are some of the best things to do in Cannon Beach.
Hike Clatsop Loop at Ecola State Park – Ecola is just north of Cannon Beach and this easy 3 mile loop hike will take you past all the beauty it has to offer. When you’re done, relax on the beach, watch the surfers, or investigate some tidepools.
Haystack Rock – Beach & puffins! It’s kinda impossible to go to Cannon Beach and not see Haystack Rock, but it’s well worth lingering to take it all in.
Oswald West State Park – Another spectacular state park, this one just south of Cannon Beach. Head out on the hike to Cape Falcon to see the beach and get an all encompassing view of Neakhanie Bay.
Insomnia Coffee & Public Coast Brewing – Two fantastic local establishments loved by tourists and locals alike.
McMinnville & the Willamette Valley
Distance from Portland: 39 miles / 50 minutes
How to get there: Head west on the OR-99 (also called Pacific Hwy).
The Willamette Valley is a world recognized region for vineyards, especially pinot noirs.
What to Do in McMinnville
Wine Tasting in the Valley
Consider stopping by a winery or two on your way into McMinnville. Pro tip: Make reservations before you go as this is a very popular activity. Below are just four of the dozens of wineries to choose from.
Atticus Wine – Located in Yamhill, about 10 miles north of McMinnville, this is a very small winery that has garnered huge acclaim. They only do private tastings hosted by the vinter herself, and she offers them in English or Spanish.
Adelsheim – Located in Newberg, 15 miles north of McMinnville, Adelsheim is known for their fun and knowledgeable staff, with many tasting options depending on your time and budget.
The Eyrie Vineyards – Eyrie Vineyards is actually a group of five vineyards with a tasting room in downtown McMinnville. Eyrie pulls from some of the oldest vineyards in the area and is often lauded for being the pioneers of Willamette Valley wine. (If you want to stick to in-town wine tasting, go to Elizabeth Chambers Cellar next, located just a couple blocks down from Eyrie.)
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum AND Wings and Waves Waterpark. I know it sounds weird, but it actually is an aviation museum connected to an indoor water park. Both places are huge and new and very cool inside. While you’re there check out the Spruce Goose, the largest wooden airplane ever built.
Shopping on Third Street
McMinnville Farmers Market – Open May through October, it’s one of the best farmers markets I’ve ever been to.
Third Street Books – I’m a sucker for a good bookstore. Great selection, knowledgeable staff, and cozy places to sit and read a few (dozen) pages.
Hopscotch Toys – A fantastic shop for the children in your life. Hopscotch is great for picking up gifts, and kids are welcome and encouraged to explore and play with all the merchandise. Plus, there’s a super sweet gray cat who lives there and maybe he’ll say hi to you.
McMinnville Antiques Mall – If you’re a fan of antiquing, you’ve got to check this place out. They have a great variety of items, reasonable prices, and interesting displays throughout the store.
Eating and Drinking in McMinnville
Flag & Wire Coffee – Just a damn good cup of coffee.
Heater Allen Brewing – My favorite pilsner ever. They have a very small taproom that’s only open on weekends, but if you’re a beer geek – especially if you like German beers – you won’t want to miss this place.
Community Plate – My favorite spot to eat in McMinnville. Great service, great food.
Distance from Portland: 73 miles / 1 hour 15 minutes
How to get there: Head west on US-26, then continue on OR-6.
The lovely Tillamook Bay town known for its cheese.
Things to Do in Tillamook
The Tillamook Cheese factory – This place is HUGE. Inside they have large observation windows to watch cheese being made and packaged. If you can go during the week you’ll be able to see more, as some of the factory equipment is shutdown during the weekends. End your tour by winding your way through the long lines to get way too many samples of cheese and ice cream. They also have restaurants and cafes on the premises.
Blue Heron French Cheese Company – It’s easy to get overshadowed by the all mighty Tillamook cheese, but Blue Heron knocks it out of the park with their brie and charcuterie options.
Werner Beef and Brew – Spacious brew pub that processes all their meats in house. Get the French Dip.
Cape Meares Lighthouse – The shortest lighthouse on the Oregon Coast with great trails and beach access all around. Be sure to check out their famous Octopus Tree.
Hike to Cape Lookout – Touted as one of the best spots for whale watching, Cape Lookout gives great views and a nice little hike to get your body moving. Bring your binoculars!
Other Great Portland Day Trips
There are just too many cool things to do that we had to add an extra section! Below, you’ll find a few more day trips from Portland that didn’t fit neatly into one of the categories above, but are still totally worthwhile!
There are a few other hikes near Portland that are worth a trip.
Falls Creek Falls and Panther Creek Falls: Both trailheads are about 1 hour 30 minutes northeast of Portland in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Falls Creek is a 6 mile loop that takes you to a multi-tiered waterfall with ice-cold, clear water. Since Panther Creek Falls is so close, you can easily tack on this second lovely and accessible mile hike to another intricate waterfall. A great pairing with a trip to Stevenson, WA.
Saddle Mountain – I covered this one in my Cannon Beach post, but it’s just such a good hike! Saddle Mountain is 1 hour 30 minutes west of Portland and at a tough 5.2 miles round trip, you’ll get phenomenal 360 views of the Cascade Range as well as the coast. As you head back into town, stop at the world famous (ok, maybe just Portland famous), Helvetia Tavern. Get the Jumbo burger if you dare.
Raft the White Salmon River
If water adventures are your thing, head 75 minutes east to the White Salmon River and plunge into class III and IV rapids.
If the water levels are right, you may get to try your luck going down the heart-stopping 12ft. Husum Falls, touted as one of the tallest commercially raftable waterfalls in the country.
There are a number of outfitters who can hook you up with a day on the river, but two standouts are Wet Planet Whitewater, and Zoller’s Outdoor Odysseys.
Oregon’s iconic storybook theme park lies a mere 45 minutes south of Portland right off I-5. Enchanted Forest is fun for anyone, kid or adult.
The park does have a few bigger rides, but what it really excels at is creating an aura of nostalgia and – I’ll say it – enchantment!
Some of the exhibits and attractions are downright trippy, and they have one of the most truly scary haunted houses I’ve ever been in.
Round out the day by driving 20 minutes west to the small town of Independence, OR and visiting Parallel 45 Brewing or Gilgamesh Brewing.
Historic Carousel Museum
Albany is an hour south of Portland and has a very cute main street with tons of shops and cafes, but the best thing to check out is their historic carousel and carousel museum.
I didn’t think I was even into carousels until I popped in here on a whim about a year ago and ended up spending an hour there. It’s a gorgeous building, and every animal on the carousel is unique (it’s not just a bunch of ornate horses). A fun trip addition if you’re in the area (and into photography) is to do a driving or biking tour of the covered bridges in the area.
Known for its farms, beaches, and hiking, Sauvie Island is an ideal day-trip from Portland (even though it’s technically considered to be in Portland).
Where you go and what you do depend on the time of the year, but perennial favorites include Topaz Farm (formally Krugers) for u-pick berries in the summer, and pumpkins and a corn maze in the fall; Cistus Nursery for exotic and hard-to-find plants; Wapato Greenway Loop Hike for bird watching; and Collins Beach, a sandy, family-friendly, clothing-optional beach on the Columbia River (and if you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the Spirit of Sauvie Island).
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