Tourist attractions near Portland, Oregon

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Mount Hood from Mirror Lake
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

The Portland metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Oregon has a variety of nearby tourist attractions which are suitable for a day trip from the Portland area, in addition to about 80 within the metropolitan area itself (see Tourism in Portland, Oregon).

Generally, there is no public transportation to these destinations, though exceptions are noted in descriptions. The communities have at most small airports serving only general aviation; scheduled airline service is available only to Portland and Eugene.

Driving distance Travel hours
(each way)
Direction Type(s) Attraction Description
mi km
9 14 0.25 N historical Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Pre-pioneer exhibits, history, reenactments
135 217 2.8 SW nature Oregon Coast Aquarium Oceanic wildlife, flora, and fauna, intertidal, touching pond, kelps, jellies, etc.; adjacent to Hatfield Marine Science Center and close to Yaquina Head Light
62 100 1.5 E nature, historical, sport Timberline Lodge skiing and snowboarding year round, 1930s Cascadian architecture, easy access to wilderness and mountain climbing
61 98 1.25 E nature, historical Hood River professional and amateur windsurfing and kiteboarding on the river, also follow the "Fruit Loop" for a 20+ mile tour of over 30 farms and wineries
31 50 0.75 E nature Multnomah Falls impressive waterfalls; Historic Columbia River Highway
109 175 2 NE nature Cascades Volcano Observatory Mount St. Helens eruption history, exhibits, education, and convenient viewing of the volcano
37 60 1 SW nature Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
200 320 6 S event Hood to Coast relay race Late August team charity fundraising race, among longest major relays and the largest with 20,000+ participants, 322 kilometres (200 mi) course from Timberline Lodge to Seaside on the Oregon Coast
17 27 0.5 E event Mt. Hood Jazz Festival mid-August celebration of jazz music, usually with live notable performers
17 27 0.75 W event Oregon International Air Show largest civilian air show on the U.S. West Coast, July or August
13 21 0.5 W historical Washington County Museum
15 24 0.4 W nature Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals
72 116 1.7 W nature Saddle Mountain State Natural Area challenging five-mile (round trip) hike to scenic panorama of the Pacific Ocean, Columbia River, and dozens of miles of state forests covering NW Oregon and SW Washington
69 111 1.75 SE nature Bagby Hot Springs natural hot springs with rustic private tubs, requires a three-mile (2 km) (round trip) forest hike
60 97 1.5 E nature Trillium Lake quiet mountain lake with view of Mount Hood, camping, fishing, and boating in summer, Nordic skiing in winter
44 71 1.0 E nature Wildwood Recreation Site picnicking, hiking, guided nature in Mount Hood National Forest, view Salmon River
142 229 3 SE nature Smith Rock State Park rugged scenery, rock climbing, hiking, picnicking
58 93 1.5 S nature Silver Falls State Park zero to ten miles of hiking to see up to seven spectacular and varied waterfalls; Oregon Garden is on the way
87 140 2 SW casino Chinook Winds Casino Oceanfront Native American casino with gambling, food, live entertainment; bus service available
25 40 N casino Ilani Casino Resort Native American casino with gambling, food, live entertainment
62 100 1.5 SW casino Spirit Mountain Casino Native American casino with gambling, food, live entertainment; bus service available
70 110 2.25 SW culture Sitka Center for Art and Ecology artist/ecological colony; advance arrangements required; day workshops or multi-week residency obligation
102 164 2.5 SW nature Whale Watching Center staffed state park facility assists visitors see and understand passing whales and other sea life; Depoe Bay also has whale-watching cruises
75 121 1.5 W agriculture Tillamook Cheese self-guided cheese factory tour; restaurant
75 121 1.75 W historical Tillamook Air Museum Private World War II aircraft collection housed in a WW II blimp hangar
79 127 1.5 W cultural Seaside Small tourist-focused coastal city with the Seaside Aquarium, arcades, many motels and rental houses, a 1.5-mile promenade (sidewalk) along the seawall, Miss Oregon Pageant (early July)
97 156 2 W cultural Astoria small historical city with the Astoria Column, Fisher Poets Gathering, Riverfront Trolley; close to Fort Stevens
285 459 5.5 S nature Crater Lake One-of-a-kind natural feature, focus of Oregon's only National Park

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