Portland is surrounded by diverse landscapes and unique destinations, including pristine beaches, rocky outcroppings, striking vistas, rolling farmland, quaint towns, sparkling waterfalls, hiking trails, national forests and much more. The following are some our favorite Northwest escapes, all of which are located within a few hours of the Portland Metro Area.
Rugged cliffs, gushing waterfalls, and a river powerful enough to carve a path through ancient lava beds — it’s no surprise that the Columbia River Gorge is Oregon’s most visited destination, a dynamic landscape that is always worth the trip. And, whether you drive, hike, or cycle the 75-mile-long route, you’ll find the best way […]
Summer is just a month away and it’s time to get ready for all the fun my family can handle in three short months. Everyone has an opinion; exploring the great outdoors, unique shopping experiences, and, of course, hanging out on a beautiful West Coast beach. Sometimes it’s hard to satisfy everyone’s idea of a […]
The beauty of the Pacific Northwest has been well documented since Lewis and Clark cruised down the great Columbia River on their way to the Pacific. Rolling grasslands, deep gorges and the volcanic peaks of the Cascade Range tell a dynamic story of the geologic development of this region’s ancient past. To learn more about the area’s […]
For an exciting day filled with snow play, head to Mt. Hood Skibowl Snow Tube and Adventure Park. Located 55 miles southeast of Portland, the park offers a variety of activities for all ages, including snow tubing hills, a kiddie snowmobile ride, a snow tunnel maze and an indoor play area. Laughter and whoops filled […]
The beautiful Bavarian town of Leavenworth, Washington, where the Cascade Range provides the perfect backdrop for a white Christmas, has become my family’s favorite gathering spot for celebrating the holidays. Outdoor adventures and unique dining and shopping experiences provide special holiday memories for everyone in the family. Here are a few of our favorite things to do when we spend Christmas in […]
My family and I were whisked back in time 7,000 years when visiting Lava Lands, part of Central Oregon’s Newberry National Volcanic Monument in the Deschutes National Forest. That’s when Lava Butte erupted and engulfed miles of surrounding forest and wildlife with layers of molten lava. Today, visitors of all ages can explore the volcanic […]