Once you’ve had your fill of street food trucks, microbreweries and exploring lush parks throughout the City of Roses, you might want to explore a little further afield. Luckily there are a wide variety of great day trips from Portland and our local insiders have got the inside scoop just for you.
In the heart of Oregon wine country, the Stoller Family Estate has been producing acclaimed wine since 1988, and locals claim they ferment the finest pinot noir of the region. Book in for a Legacy Tasting Tour with the experts, they’ll talk you through the soils, clones and varieties as well as providing samples of delicious wine with accompanying charcuterie. No judgement from us if you spend the entire afternoon on the patio sipping their finest vintage. Recommended by local insider Madeline Churm.
With a stunning landscape and a series of sprawling parks, a visit to John Day Fossil Beds National Monument has something to suit everyone in the family. Boasting some of the most spectacular geological feats in Oregon – gaze out at the Painted Hills, try spot a fossil at Sheep Rock and take in as much as you can of Clarno Formation. The Painted Hills Overlook trail boasts magnificent views but with so many options it’s easy to choose a trail which best suits your energy and footwear. Recommended by local insider Madeline Churm.
Fancy a visit to an active volcano? Of course you do. Once you stop imagining the scenario of an actual eruption, there’s plenty of less anxiety-inducing things to explore in the area around Mount St Helens. Museums, restaurants, gift shops and hiking trails all compete for your time. If there is a gang of you, it’s well worth booking a helicopter tour and taking in the tremendous views. Recommended by local insider Jordan Singh.
The journey to the Discovery Center itself feels like a scenic exhibition as you experience change from the endless fir trees of Portland to the desert of Oregon, all within 80 minutes. Creative architecture and interactive exhibits, this ode to the Columbia Gorge is worthy of a stop. Displays of volcanoes, floods, 13-foot mammoths and the Ice Age will delight, as will the seasonal falcon and hawk displays. The region of Dalles is known for its wineries so plan a tour while you’re there to tick off all the boxes. Recommended by local insider Jordan Singh.