Portland June 03, 2017
8 Underrated Towns Around Portland That Deserve A Second Look
If you are thinking that you have to travel out of state for a vacation, think again. These 8 towns close to Portland are all worth another look as destinations on your next trip. Whether you take a day trip or plan a weekend away, you will have a lovely time visiting these underrated cities.
1. Oregon City
Take a ride in the city's municipal elevator, check out the Willamette Falls, and delve into local history at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. Cute shops, breweries and restaurants make this a fun place to hang out with the family or friends.
Visit the Cascade Raptor Center, shop at the Saturday market, or stroll the campus. This bustling college town has all the amenities and is plush with beautiful scenery and outdoor adventures.
Just south of Portland, Sherwood has plenty of charm. A friendly community makes it nice for a visit, and with the Tualatin Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Graham Oaks Nature Park in the city, a wetland experience is waiting for you here.
Head fishing at the rainbow trout farm, or check out the incredible view from Johnsrud Viewpoint. While most people just pass through this sleepy town on the way to Mt Hood, it is worth a stop for the small town charm alone.
If you want a lazy day perusing wineries, McMinnville has you covered. Also, you can explore the amazing Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, catch some waves and Wings and Waves Waterpark, or simply stroll the idyllic downtown.
Our capital to the south is a beautiful city that often gets overlooked. Teeming with history, nature, entertainment, and food, it is worth the 45 minute drive to explore here.
The Oregon Garden is a big attraction in Silverton, but quaint cafes, restaurants, and shops on the beautiful Silver Creek makes it even more notable.
8. Hood River
Just under an hour to the east, this vibrant city is located in the heart of the Columbia Gorge. With nightlife, breweries, restaurants, and plenty of outdoor activities, this is a fun place to visit year round.
What do you think? What’s your favorite underrated town near Portland? Let us know in the comments below.