Portland September 12, 2016
This Natural Wonders Road Trip Will Show You Around Portland Like You’ve Never Seen It Before
If you have a weekend to spare, hop in the car and take this epic road trip around Portland to see some of the best natural wonders the area has to offer. Touching on some of the best views, most serene locations, and just pure natural beauty, this Portland natural wonders road trip will have you packing up the car and hitting the road for an adventure more often. Buckle up and get ready for the road trip your life.
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First stop is Multnomah Falls, the area's most famous waterfall. You will barely have to exit your car to enjoy its beauty. If you want to stretch your legs, grab a coffee at the strategically located coffee shop at the bottom and take the 2.6 mile trek to its peak for some awe-inspiring views.
Just a bit further down the road lies this also majestic falls, and its associated 2.3 mile trail to reach the summit. Here there are actually two waterfalls to enjoy - the Upper and Lower Horsetail Falls.
Head into Hood River and enjoy lunch looking over the Columbia River. Try paddle boarding, wind surfing or kiteboarding while you are there, or simply take a quick dip in the river before continuing on your way.
When you make it to Trillium Lake, enjoy the epic views of Mount Hood with the still lake in the foreground. If weather permits, take a dip in the frigid waters and take in the beauty all around you. Camp at the lake overnight, or stay in lodging at a local hotel.
Bagby Hot Springs
Warm up the following day at Bagby Hot Springs where you can soak in the natural springs after a quick and easy 1 1/2-mile hike into the forest.
Head to Silver Falls for the rest of the day and pitch a tent or stay at lodging nearby. Take the Trail of Ten Falls, a moderate 7.2-mile jaunt that takes you by 10 magnificent waterfalls.
Opal Creek Ancient Forest
Finish your trip with a journey to Opal Creek to marvel at the turquoise blue water and the abandoned mining town in the woods.