One of the things that I love most about living on the Westside of the Portland Metro area is that there are so many places to go that can be done as a day trip. It’s a great starting point to go and explore. Of course my favorite place to explore is the Oregon Coast. If you aren’t a beach lover here are a few other ideas.
The Mighty Columbia – Scappose & St. Helens
Just a short drive from Hillsboro, Oregon you can have some fun checking out the Columbia River or visit these places –
Crown Zellerbach Trail – It’s located on the North side of Scappose and follows the historic railroad between Scappose and Vernonia. The trail is 27 miles long and features both asphalt and gravel sections.
Sauvie Island – Located 10 miles North of Portland, Oregon Sauvie Island used to be called Wapato Island and is the largest island in the Columbia River. You can enjoy biking, hiking, and more.
Sand Island – Is a 31.7 acre offshore overnight camping experience offers docks, nature trails, beaches, picnic tables, campsites, restrooms, kayak connections, water adventure rides and more.
Visit filming locations for Halloween Town and Twilight.
Northeast – Living Volcanos
Silver Lake – It sits in the shadow of Mt. St. Helens in Washington and offers amazing views. You will enjoy fishing and relaxing by the lake.
Toutle – Part of Cowlitz County. It is also near Mt. St. Helens and the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
Johnston Ridge Observatory – It is located at the end of Highway 504 in the heart of the blast zone for Mt. St. Helens. The observatory hosts an interactive display that discusses the biology, geology as well as the human story of Mt. St. Helens.
McMinnville – You can enjoy a brewery tour, take a vineyard wine tour, visit the antique mall, enjoy Meadows Woods and so much more. McMinnville is also the home to Linfield College – Go Wildcats!
Carlton – Home to 22 wine tasting rooms, Carlton is a wine lovers dream. The small downtown area is quaint and only 3 short blocks, but there is a lot to see. It is filled with restaurants, boutiques and tasting rooms. You will also enjoy amazing views as you sip wine and relax.
While there are many more Oregon day trips to take, this blog post would go on forever if I listed them all. I hope this gives you a desire to go visit someplace new.