Day and Weekend Trip Ideas from Portland

Whether you’ve been in Oregon for years or you’re new to the state, there is no shortage of new activities and adventures. Here are just a few day and weekend trip ideas based on popular activities. For more information and inspiration, visit the Travel Oregon website. 

Group of people white water rafting

Whitewater Thrills

Oregon is home to some epic whitewater rafting runs, ranging from family-friendly Class 2 and 3 rapids to heart-pounding Class 5 drops. Many of these rivers are just a few hours from Portland, making for a perfect day excursion or quick weekend getaway.

Large wine vineyard

Swirl, Swirl, Sip

The Willamette Valley, located just 40 minutes southwest of Portland, has gained international acclaim for world-class chardonnay and pinot noir. But oenophiles and novices alike will find a broad range of terroir, varieties, and styles to explore across the region.

Beautiful oregon beach

The Coast with the Most

The Oregon Coast is easily accessible from Portland and packed with activities for all. Popular spots include the promenade at Seaside, the majestic rock formations at Cannon Beach, the Newport Aquarium, the Tillamook Cheese Factory, and the historic Astoria Column. Each town has its own vibe with local restaurants, breweries, galleries, and stunning views in every direction.

Person snow boarding in fresh snow

Go for Snow

The Cascade mountain range runs through the entire state of Oregon and provides some excellent runs for skiers and snowboarders (nearly year-round!). Mount Hood is the easiest option from Portland, perfect for day trips, while Mt. Bachelor and Willamette Pass are great for weekend retreats.

Breathtaking waterfalls

A Wonderland of Waterfalls

The Pacific Northwest is graced by scores of jaw-dropping waterfalls. For many of the falls, the journey to see them is as awe-inspiring as the falls themselves. Walking/hiking trains through dense, lush forests offer a serene escape from city life. Pro-tip: venture out in the off-season for a less-crowded experience — just make sure you have the proper rain gear!