2 Hours from Portland
- Go to the north coast, from Lincoln City to Astoria. Stroll along the beaches and shoreline, swim, picnic, fly kites, birdwatch and build sandcastles. Explore the shops and coastal communities, enjoying some fine dining and fresh seafood along the way. Don't miss the Outlet Malls!
- Tour and sample the Oregon Wine country in the McMinnville area or the Willamette Valley. Many wineries to choose from. Famous for award winning Pinot Noir.
- Drive the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Highway and experience the incredible views. Stop at Multnomah Falls along the way - "a sight to behold, indeed". Don't forget to bring your camera!
- Go Skiing/Snowboarding or Camping/Fishing/Hiking on Mt. Hood depending on the season. Visit the historical monument, Timberline Lodge.
- Enjoy the Tulip Festival in Woodburn in March/April, the Iris Festival in May or the Dahlia Festival in August/September.
- Attend a seminar or sporting event at either Oregon State University in Corvallis or the University of Oregon in Eugene.
- Hunt for antiques in the Sellwood area, Aurora and Lafayette.
- Go hiking in the Oregon Cascades along the Pacific Crest Trail through the forests of the coastal range.
Enjoy watching or try World Class wind surfing in The Dalles and Hood River.
- Catch Salmon and Steelhead in the Columbia, Willamette and other rivers and tributaries. You can also try your luck at ocean fishing or crabbing.
- Watch the Canadian Geese and Sandhill Cranes migrating on the Pacific flyway from Sauvie Island or Washington’s Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
- Visit North America’s only active volcano, Mount St. Helens.
- Try rock climbing in the Metro area or on the Coast.
I'm sure you'll discover many more amazing things to do along the way. For ideas of things to do locally in and around Portland, check out the Entertainment pages.