Portland January 13, 2017
6 Incredible Day Trips You Can Take From Portland By Train
Feeling restless? Well here is the cure. Head to Union Station and hop on the Amtrak for one of these day trip adventures exploring our area. Bring a deck of cards, a good book, or some headphones for music (enjoying the journey is part of the fun of train travel) and head to these fun destinations.
Sitting at just a little over 3 hours away by train, Seattle is a perfect day trip. Take the first train out in the morning and take the last back to enjoy a full day in the city and see the Space Needle, Experience Music Project Museum, Pike Place Market, or the Woodland Park Zoo.
Head down south to the home of the University of Oregon for a day of fun. The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is a great visit, as is the Cascades Raptor Center. For kids, the Science Factory Children's Museum and Planetarium is the best. At two and a half hours away, Eugene is great for a day trip and fun for the whole family.
If you haven't been to our state's capitol in awhile, consider visiting by train for the day. Visit the capital building, stroll Riverfront Park, explore the Gilbert House Children's Museum, or check out the Oregon State Hospital's Museum of Mental Health and be back before dinner.
Halfway between Seattle and Portland, Centralia is a great day trip, especially if you want to spend the day shopping. This small town features plenty of opportunities for antiquing, a lovely historic downtown and Friday farmer's market, and a large factory outlet mall. Fort Borst Park, featuring a 1860 homestead and replica of a one-room schoolhouse along with plenty of outdoor adventure opportunities, is a lovely place to visit too.
If you have never made a stop in Tacoma on your way to Seattle, consider a day trip to this bustling city. The Museum of Glass is awe-inspiring, as is the Tacoma Art Museum, which features an extensive collection of Chihuly glass. History buffs will enjoy the Washington State History Museum, and the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is a great place for tourists of all ages.
You will have to get off the train in Lacey, WA, a suburb of Olympia, but at just 5 miles from the city, you will be close to the action. Head to Washington's capitol building, visit the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, or try your luck at the Nisqually Red Wind Casino. Kids will enjoy the Hands On Children's Museum, while the Olympic Flight Museum will satisfy visitors of all ages.
What are your favorite surrounding cities around Portland?