11 Out Of This World Summer Day Trips To Take In Oregon

As a beautiful state with many things to do and see, day trips in Oregon are perfect for exploring all that there is to experience. And there’s no better time to take a day trip than in the summer. With all the fun things to do in Oregon – all kinds of amazing, unparalleled attractions – you could stay busy all summer long! From lakeside gondola rides to hidden gem hot springs, here are 11 of the best Oregon summer day trips:

What are your favorite summer day trips? Or, what are your top picks for the best day trips in Oregon? Share them with us in the comments below — we love hearing from you!

For more fun adventures around Oregon, lace up your boots waterfall and tackle one of these scenic trails!

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March 24, 2022

What are some fun, family-friendly day trips in Oregon?

Oregon is such a wonderful place to live ... and grow up! Our state is stacked with amazing parks, attractions, and places perfect for epic (yet-tot-sized) exploration and adventure. One tried-and-true kid-friendly favorite in Oregon is Oaks Amusement Park in Portland. For over a century, Oaks Amusement Park has been *the* place to go for good, old-fashioned fun in the Beaver State. From classic rides and arcade games to an old-school skating rink and all your favorite fried carnival treats, this place is pure, unadulterated, family fun!

Looking for an all-inclusive adventure that boasts great food, accommodations, and attractions? We designed this road trip that visits some of the best family-friendly spots in the state, including Voodoo Doughnuts, the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, Wings, and Waves Waterpark, and several coastal parks, including the beloved Cape Lookout State Park.

What are some scenic day trips in Oregon?

Scenic adventures abound in Oregon, whether you're going waterfall chasing in Columbia River Gorge or Silver Falls State Park, whale watching in Florence or Depoe Bay, scaling summits at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, climbing Smith Rock, exploring old-growth forests and high deserts, the scenery of the Beaver State never, ever gets old. Check out our comprehensive nature lover's guide for inspiration on some scenic adventures in Oregon!