Outdoor Activities

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Welcome to the World of Green and Gorgeous

Day Trips

Portland’s proximity to abundant natural wonders makes it the perfect starting point for delegate-friendly day trips. Within a 90-minute drive of downtown, you can:

Photo courtesy Visit Washington County

Photo courtesy Visit Washington County

  • Visit the vineyards and tasting rooms of Oregon’s scenic wine country, famous for its Pinot noir;
  • Hike past Multnomah Falls or any of the nearly 100 waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge;
  • Ski and snowboard — day or night, nearly year-round — on nearby Mount Hood; or
  • Explore the towns and beaches of the dramatic, rugged Oregon Coast.

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Hiking & Biking

Bike tour in Portland

The hills that rise just west of downtown shelter Forest Park, a tree-filled, 5,156-acre expanse crisscrossed by 70 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. With trailheads located just 15 minutes from downtown, visitors can easily go from the heart of the city to the glorious middle of nowhere in no time.

Urban hikers will find an inviting walking route just behind the Oregon Convention Center: the 1.5-mile Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade, which features works of art, water-level views of downtown and the country’s longest floating walkway (1,200 feet). Plus, it connects to the Springwater Corridor Trail, a 17-mile bicycling byway.

Portland offers one of the nation’s most progressive bicycle transportation programs, boasting hundreds of miles of bikeways and bike-friendly buses and trains.

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Golf & Water Sports

Waterfront ParkGolf Digest has rated two of Portland’s courses – Eastmoreland Golf Course and Heron Lakes Golf Course – among the nation’s top 75 public courses. Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, 20 miles northwest of Portland, hosted the 2003 U.S. Women’s Open.

For those who prefer the river to the green, Portland offers several ways to get on the water. In the city, kayakers can paddle right through downtown or explore two protected wildlife sanctuaries (Oaks Bottom and Smith and Bybee lakes). Thirty miles north of Portland, Scappoose Bay offers serene wetlands rich in cultural history and home to a variety of migratory birds, beavers, herons and eagles.

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