Attractions Nearby Portland, Day Trips and Excursions

(Portland, Oregon - OR, USA)

Portland's progressive environmental policies, particularly its urban growth policy, have ensured the preservation of the city's surrounding natural areas and attractions. The metropolitan area is within easy reach of some of Oregon's most exquisite environmental features and includes rivers, mountains, canyons and the coast.

Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River's forceful path has sculpted a mind blowing deep ravine through the Cascade mountain range. With over 70 waterfalls, including America's second highest, the Columbia River Gorge is one of the most scenic attractions in the Portland region. River tours of the gorge are available from the town of Cascade Locks on the Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge, an original triple decker paddlewheeler.

Mount Hood

Address: Oregon (OR), USA
Mount Hood is located on highway US-26 approximately 56 miles / 90 km east of Portland, and visitors flock annually to its pristine, nature-abundant slopes to enjoy superb outdoors recreational activities.

Government Island State Recreation Area

Calling all keen campers! For a real getaway, take a trip to Government Island situated in the middle of the Columbia River northeast of Portland and accessible only by boat. The island is a prime location for fly fishermen and anglers, and offers a very basic campsite for those adventurous enough to stay the night.

Kennedy School

Address: NE 33rd Avenue and Killingsworth, Portland, Oregon (OR), USA
Formerly an elementary school and now a quirky bed-and-breakfast, bar, restaurant and cinema, the Kennedy School retains many of its original features. Guests and locals can sip brews in the detention room, watch films in the auditorium or even scribble on chalkboards in the guestrooms.
Open hours: daily - hours vary
Admission: free

Lewis and Clark Recreation Site

One of Portland's many sites of picnic perfection, the Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site is located at the western entrance to the Columbia River Gorge along the Historic Columbia Highway, close to the junction of the Sandy and Columbia rivers.