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It’s all about the great outdoors in the eco-chic Pacific Northwest. From easy excursions to nearby Mount Hood and Multnomah Falls to more ambitious trips out to the Pacific coast, about the only thing worth doing inside is sipping vino at one of Oregon’s many up-and-coming wineries.

Day Trips from Portland

Columbia River Gorge

Take the scenic highway past seven major waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls, the second largest one in the U.S. Plenty of parking areas along the way offer access to hiking trails.

62 miles east of Portland, OR, www.crgva.org
Tags: family | hiking | outdoors | day trip

End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

Beginning in the 1840s more than 300,000 people journeyed to the Pacific Northwest via this famous trail. Their stories are brought to life here through exhibits and shows.

19 miles south of Portland, 1726 Washington St., OR, 503-657-9336, www.endoftheoregontrail.org
Tags: family | historic | culture | day trip

Maryhill Museum of Art

A major cultural resource in the Columbia River Gorge, the museum's collection – everything from Rodin to French fashion mannequins – is housed in a chateau surrounded by magnificent gardens.

108 miles east of Portland, 35 Maryhill Museum Dr., WA, 509-773-3733, www.maryhillmuseum.org
Tags: family | historic | art | culture | day trip

Mount Hood

Enjoy fishing, camping, boating and hiking in the summer, hunting in the fall, and snow sports in the winter. Berry picking and mushroom collecting are also popular.

55 miles east of Portland, Off Highway 26, OR, 503-622-3017, www.mthood.info
Tags: family | hiking | skiing | day trip

Oregon Coast

A gorgeous, must-see area where lush evergreen forests and rugged cliffs meet the Pacific. Stay the night at The Ocean Lodge (www.theoceanlodge.com), a comfortable family- and pet-friendly resort, or take a cooking class at EVOO (www.evoo.biz), a top attraction for foodies.

135 miles west of Portland, OR, www.visittheoregoncoast.com
Tags: beach | family | views | day trip | culinary

Wine Country

Oregon wine is becoming well known, and the Willamette Valley Wineries Association has 138 members representing wineries and tasting rooms from Portland to Eugene.

About 110 miles south of Portland, OR, 503-646-2985, www.willamettewines.com
Tags: culture | history | day trip | wine tasting

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