Day Trips in Portland

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The city of Portland, Oregon is only a short distance away from some great tourist spots. Sights like the Oregon coast, Mount Hood and Oregon Wine Country are easily accessible from Portland and make great day trips. You won’t have to drive too far to go on these fun and interesting adventures.

Oregon Coast

Take a short journey from Portland to see jagged rock cliffs of Oregon’s coastline. Take Rt.30 out of Portland and west to Astoria and the Columbia River. You will then be on Rt.101 which runs along the coastline, head south. There are scenic views and intermittent beach access all along this road. You can now make a scenic loop through Lincoln| which will put you right back in Portland for the night. Stop in for breakfast or lunch in historical Astoria, which is on the National Historic Trust’s 2004 list of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations. Take a scenic drive down the coastline to Tillamook, famous for its cheddar cheese. Your next stop is Lincoln for the Tanger Outlet Center. Go shopping at more than 65 different name brand outlet stores. From here you can take Rt. 18 back to Portland.

Oregon Wine Country

Take an hour’s drive outside of Portland to the red hills of Dundee, famous for its Pinot Noir. While the Pinot Noir is the most famous, there are other resplendent varietals available as well. Expect to be able to visit three or four of the twenty wineries in the area on this sublime day trip. These are some great wineries with tasting rooms: Erath, Eyrie, Sokol Blosser, and the Ponzi wine bar. If you have extra time, Dundee has spectacular hot air balloon rides.

Eugene, Oregon

Only two hours from Portland, Eugene offers a great day trip. The city of Eugene, Oregon is one of the most eclectic college towns in the United States. Many Grateful Dead Heads and hippies live here so there is plenty of fun to be had. Try one of the many delicious natural food restaurants here, might I suggest the tofu scramble. Go shopping in the 5 th Street Public Market for unique clothes and gifts every day, but on Saturday you will want to visit the famous Saturday Market too. Drink microbrews and catch one of the many national music acts that regularly come through this kooky town. Eugene is very bicycle friendly with many scenic and commuter trails around town.

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