Here in Portland, we are situated in the perfect place to explore outward. We are surrounded by so much beauty and so many great entertainment options. If you want to truly embrace summer, we’ve put together the following list of what we consider to be the best day trips in Portland. Pick one and choose your own epic summer adventure in Rose City!

So what do you think: aren’t these some of the best day trips in Portland? Did we miss any of your favorite go-to spots? Are you planning any fun day trips in Portland, Oregon, this summer? Where are you planning on going? Let us know in the comments below!

For more fun adventures in and around Rose City, lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails! Here are some of our absolute favorite hikes in Portland.

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What are some of the best day hikes in Portland?

Not only is Portland well-positioned for a ton of fun day trips, it's also ideally located to some of the best hiking destinations in Oregon... and the Pacific Northwest, for that matter! We put together this list of the five absolute best, most bucket-list-worthy hikes in Portland, and challenge you to take them all this summer. One of our favorite hikes on the list is the Wildwood Trail. The Wildwood Trail is Forest Park's premier trail and a great introduction to Pacific Northwest hiking. Leave from Macleay Park to enjoy just a bit of the trail, including the Witch's Castle, or hike its 30-mile length for a serious workout. (If you've never experienced the Witch's Castle, you absolutely need to check it out!)

But this is by no means a list of *all* the best hikes near Portland, mind you. One of our favorite treks near PDX that did not make the list is the Trail of Ten Falls at Silver Falls State Park. As its name suggests, this hike leads past not one, not two, but 10 fabulous waterfalls! Clocking in at just over seven miles, it's definitely a day hike, but it's worth each and every step as you walk by (and behind!) some of the most glorious waterfalls in all of Oregon. From the distant North Falls to the Lower South Falls, and every waterfall in between, this is one gorgeous hike that will have you feeling inspired and so in love with our beautiful state.