Portland August 01, 2016
12 Epic Outdoorsy Things In and Around Portland Anyone Can Do
Portland has plenty of easily accessible outdoor activities that are suited for all fitness levels and ages. Paired with the natural breathtaking scenery of the Pacific northwest, there are a whole host of opportunities for you to have an epic outdoor adventure today.
For a little fun in the great outdoors, check out these places around town.
1. Forest Park
Forest Park has countless epic adventures waiting for you to explore. This 5,200-acre urban forest, featuring over 70 miles of trails, should be one of your first stops for an epic outdoor adventure.
2. Head to the Waterfront
The waterfront has some of the most stunning views in the city. Stroll along the esplanade, or take the bike, pedestrian and train-only Tilikum Crossing for a sprawling view of the waterfront.
3. Multnomah Falls
Head east of the city to Multnomah Falls for an epic view of mother nature. Right off the I-84, this scenic waterfall is easily accessible and a must-see.
4. Bonneville Fish Hatchery
Head a little further east, and the Bonneville fish hatchery has plenty of things to see. Highlights include the underwater sturgeon viewing tank, feeding the many fish in the hatchery, and a salmon run.
5. Sauvie Island
Whether you want to pick fruit, lay on the beach, or explore trails, there is something for everyone at Sauvie Island.
6. International Rose Test Garden
Visit this beautifully maintained garden for some epic views and aromas. This low impact activity is perfect for all ages and activity levels.
7. Crystal Springs Rhododendren Garden
This garden situated in Southeast Portland features several wide trails and plenty of park benches to relax and enjoy the ambiance.
8. Wildwood Recreation Area
East of the city, this recreation area has many well-maintained trails, including the beginner friendly Cascade Streamwatch Trail, which takes you to an underwater viewing area and along the Salmon River.
9. Powell Butte
Head to southeast Portland to experience this family-friendly park with some great mountain views.
10. Mt Tabor
A combination of dirt trails and paved roads and trails makes Mt. Tabor accessible for everyone to see the incredible views from its top. Built on an extinct volcano, this park is a natural escape right in the city.
11. The Grotto
This Catholic sanctuary sits on 63 acres of scenic gardens, offering a quiet place for reflection. Visit the lower gardens of for free, or buy an elevator token to see the upper gardens as well.
12. Leach Botanical Gardens
This sprawling garden has several easy trails that allow you to escape into nature while staying in the city. Featuring northwest native plants, this is a quiet garden great for reflection.
What are your favorite outdoorsy things to do in and around Portland?