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Day Trips from Portland

Day Trips from Portland
Day Trips from Portland

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Can you imagine yourself rowing across the crater lake of a famous volcano? How about climbing the Eruption Trail of Mt. St. Helen's, or standing before the second largest continuous falls in the contiguous United States? These and other daring adventures are each just a few hours from Portland and make great full-day getaways from the city.

If you're in the mood for adventure, you can hike the active volcano, Mt. Hood, in the summer, or, with the aid of ropes and stepping stones, daringly foot your way behind Tunnel Falls. For those with calmer ideas of fun, there's Multnomah Falls, the second longest running falls in the contiguous U.S. with a culture and a history all its own, and hiking and learning experiences to be had at the Mt. St. Helen's observatories. Bagby hot springs offers a very natural way to relax, while a daytrip to Crater Lake exhilarates visitors with the surreal beauty of sapphire waters surrounded by volcanic rock. One thing is certain, within driving distance from Portland, a plethora of one-of-a-kind experiences awaits the travel hungry.

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Astoria Column
  • Astoria Column
  • At the highest point above the city of Astoria on Coxcomb Hill, rises the Astoria Column. Built in 1926, this monolith at the mouth of the Columbia River serves as a testament to the early explorers and settlers of this region.
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Cannon Beach
  • Cannon Beach
  • When the postcards go out from Oregon with the clichéd "Wish You Were Here" slogan meant to make your friends jealous (because in truth you don't really wish they were there and they know it),...
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Columbia Gorge Hotel
  • Columbia Gorge Hotel
  • The Columbia Gorge Hotel, with its yellow stucco walls, red tiled roof, and elegant interior, constitutes sheer elegance—a foil to its organic, rugged backdrop.
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Heceta Head Lighthouse
  • Heceta Head Lighthouse
  • For hundreds of years, lighthouses have shone as bright navigational beacons to guide mariners. A certain mystique surrounds lighthouses, perhaps due to their isolated locations and their decline in use due to modern electronic replacements.
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Mount St. Helens
  • Mount St. Helens
  • Where were you on May 18, 1980? From Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to Idaho, volcanic ash from the eruption of Mt. St. Helens carpeted streets and encased cars. It continued falling for days --a constant reminder of the mountain's wrath and power. Ultimately, volcanic ash touched 11 states.
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Multnomah Falls
  • Multnomah Falls
  • Located approximately 20 miles east of Portland along the Historic Columbia River Highway is the powerful, majestic Multnomah Falls waterfall and lodge.
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  • Newport
  • The "Riviera" of the Oregon coast, Newport takes pride in its slew of four-star restaurants, coastal recreation areas, and family activities.
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North Clackamas Aquatic Park
  • North Clackamas Aquatic Park
  • Pack the swimsuits and beach towels, but leave the sunscreen behind at the North Clackamas Aquatic Park. Five pools, three giant slides, and multiple fountains make up this water-themed attraction that offers a boatload of fun and is all indoors.
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Old Town Florence
  • Old Town Florence
  • Old friends hug and shake hands in front of a blazing fire, laughing noisily, then settle onto a couch. A man huddled over a newspaper and a woman surfing the 'net, comfortably seated at eclectic tables and chairs made of metal and car parts, don't seem to mind the chatter.
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Sauvie Island
  • Sauvie Island
  • Take 1000 residents, 250 species of birds, nine family farms, two historical attractions, and one amazing cornfield, and you have Sauvie Island, Oregon. The size of Manhattan, Sauvie Island spreads across 24,000 acres of flat farmland with its own lakes and beaches.
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Sea Lion Caves, Oregon Coast
  • Sea Lion Caves, Oregon Coast
  • The year is 1880. Captain William Cox trawls dangerously close to the sheer cliffs just north of Florence Oregon. Suddenly, he notices light beaming from what appears to be an ordinary bluff jutting into the sea.
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Seaside Aquarium
  • Seaside Aquarium
  • Established in 1937, the Seaside Aquarium is one of the oldest aquariums on the West Coast. Although only a quarter of the size of the Oregon Coast Aquarium, this old-fashioned, mom-and-pop tourist magnet certainly has its charms.
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The Maize at the Pumpkin Patch
  • The Maize at the Pumpkin Patch
  • Don't bother looking for a friendly, helpful scarecrow to point you in the right direction at this cornfield; you're not in Oz, you're in the Maize at the Pumpkin Patch. It's very easy to get lost here.
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Tillamook Cheese Factory
  • Tillamook Cheese Factory
  • Whether you use its butter for baking, its cheddar in a grilled cheese, or enjoy a bowl of its yogurt or ice cream, Tillamook dairy products are a staple in homes across the country; however, this...
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Timberline Lodge
  • Timberline Lodge
  • Timberline Lodge is the only ski area in North America offering close to 4,000 vertical feet of adventurous fun year-round. Located near the top of Mt. Hood, Oregon's tallest peak, the lodge is the third highest of four outdoor adventure areas along windy Highway 26.
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