If you venture just a bit out of Portland, life slows down considerably. In these 15 small towns just outside the Rose City, life is still simple and it almost feels like you’ve entered another time and place. Check out these small towns near Portland, Oregon, for a change from daily life and explore their rich history and environs.

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Small towns near Portland, Oregon

What are the best small-town getaways near Portland, Oregon?

If you're looking for a small-town getaway near Portland, Oregon, there are lots of fantastic options! Corvallis is a lovely little town for a getaway. Explore the McDonald State Forest or Peavey Arboretum, and walk the downtown area for a fun getaway at a slower pace than Portland. A beautiful new Corvallis hiking trail just opened, too, and it offers outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to trek from land to sea!

Another great town to visit that's actually part of Portland is Hayden Island. This island (yes -- an island ... in PDX!) is just 20 minutes from downtown but feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here, it's all about island time from kayaking and houseboats to outdoor dining and tropical-themed bars!