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Our Top 10 Destination Recommendations

Here are our favourite things to see and do in Destination.
Some are well know, some not so well known. Have a look around as we have included photos, videos, information and links.
They are in no particular order.

1. Take A Waterfalls Road Trip

For an unforgettable day trip, head to the Waterfall Corridor Trail. Just 30 minutes drive from our Portland Vacation Rental, this is has to be on the bucket list for anybody who loves the great outdoors, awe-inspiring scenery and doesn’t mind getting a bit wet!

We recommend taking the scenic route along the Columbia River, just as the couple in the video above. Head off at Exit 35 to follow the waterfall trail and take in the spectacle that is the famous Multnomah Falls.

Find out more about Multnomah Falls and the Waterfall Corridor Trail. Click on the link below to read our article.

2. Visit Craft Breweries With BrewCycle

Combine Portland’s favourite mode of transport – the bicycle – with a tour of the local craft beer breweries and what do you get? A two hour bike ride and beer crawl!

BeerCycle is a fun way to visit the city by bike and stop off at the local craft breweries on the way. Pedal powered by you, the BrewCycle carriages take visitors on various routes around the city, stopping at three breweries for a tour and a refreshing pint before you’re on the way pedalling through the city again.

Each tour is two hours long, and heads out come rain or shine. If it rains, the carriages are covered, just bring a raincoat so you don’t get wet on the way to try the local brew.

The company also offer a BrewBarge which cruises the gorgeous Willamette River. You’ll still be pedalling through the water, and you’ll bring your own beer for this fun and rather exhausting one and a half hour cruise!

3. Visit The Wine Country

Wine aficionados can explore the vineyards of the Willamette Valley, less than an hour’s drive away from Portland. Over 250 wineries nestle in the rolling countryside, amongst quaint towns, farmsteads and a national state park.

Oregon is renowned for its excellent Pinot Noir grape, but local wine producers have also developed an excellent Chardonnay, a Syrah and a fortified Cascade Berry liquor.

Most of the larger wineries offer tours and sampling. The Ponzi Historic Estate is one of Oregon’s oldest wineries and producer of pinot noir and a lightly oaked chardonnay. Cooper Mountain Vineyard organically produces five varieties of grape, and stays open until 8pm, so you can watch the sunset over the mountains with a chilled glass of organic pinot blanc.  

If you want to experience a good Oregon wine with a dash of Spanish gusto, we recommend a visit to the Villa Catalana Cellars. The winery sources its grapes from vineyards in the Pacific Northwest, and yet to visit the Villa Catalana is to feel totally inspired by Spain. Their home was designed in the style of a 12th century Spanish church with a courtyard tasting room and Mediterranean garden.

There are also companies, such as the Grape Escape Winery Tours and The Oregon Tour Co who will take you on a day trip around several of the local producers, with guided tour and tasting session included in the cost of the trip.

Click on the button below to visit the Travel Portland website and list of wineries and vineyard guided tours.

4. Washington Park

The most family-friendly fun day out you can have. Washington Park in the centre of Portland is a garden, recreational park, zoo, museum and a forest, all rolled into one. Put aside a whole day to explore.

For the children, and children-at-heart, there is a children’s playground and elephant house, the Oregon zoo and Portland Children’s Museum. If you’re feeling energetic why not head over for a game of tennis or soccerm or try your hand on the archery range?

Visitors who want to soak up the natural beauty of Washington Park should visit Hoyt Arboretum, the park’s museum of living trees, or the International Rose Test Garden, where you’ll find 7,000 rose plants of 550 different varieties.

The Portland Japanese Garden is also situated within the park. Read our article on what to expect from a visit to the Portland Japanese Garden.

5. Portland Art Museum

Founded in 1892, the Portland Art Museum hails as one of the oldest art museums in the US. The museum’s permanent collection is internationally renowned for bringing together artists and creations from across the globe. From Africa to Europe, Asia to America. The museum holds modern and contemporary pieces, ancient art, photography, decorative and graphic art, and digital arts and sound exhibitions.

As well as the permanent collection there is a calendar of temporary exhibitions and events. For further information on what’s on during your stay, visit the Portland Art Museum website.As well as the permanent collection there is a calendar of temporary exhibitions and events. For further information on what’s on during your stay, visit the Portland Art Museum website.

6. Take A Segway Tour Of The City

Head downtown, along the glistening Willamette River and beautiful waterfront, take in the city’s green architecture, and visit such attractions as Powell’s famous bookstore, China Town, Old Town and Portland’s state university.

Check out the Portland Segways Tour website for bookings and route information.  

Head downtown, along the glistening Willamette River and beautiful waterfront, take in the city’s green architecture, and visit such attractions as Powell’s famous bookstore, China Town, Old Town and Portland’s state university.

Check out the Portland Segways Tour website for bookings and route information.  

7. Take A Fishing Trip With Hook Um Up

Hook a salmon, sturgeon and steelhead during your trip to Portland, Oregon. The guys at Hook Em Up organise fishing trips out on the Willamette and Columbia rivers for beginners and experienced anglers.

Embark from the Hayden Bay Marina, close to downtown Portland and expect a fun adventure tackling angry salmon, which don’t give up without a fierce fight. You’ll need nerves of steel and a strong hand on the line to win the battle!

Aside from fishing, you’ll get to see river life from a different perspective. Passing the working tugboats and tanker ships going about their daily business.

During peak season trips are organised 7 days a week, and with over 30 years experience fishing in Portland, owner of Hook Em Up Larry Kesch Jr is your perfect guide out on the river. All fishing gear and bait is supplied within the cost of the trip.

8. The Vintage Tour Bus Company

See the sights of Oregon on a 1945 Chevy school bus. The Vintage Tour Bus Company restored the old school bus after it was found on Craigslist, having been neglected for many years.

Restored to its former glory, the chevy school bus will take you on a leisurely road trip taking the sights of your choice around Portland and the Willamette Valley. There are a host of trips to choose from, including the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway Tour, Boutique Wineries of the Hood River Valley, Wine and Wildflowers of the Rowena Plateau, the Oregon Coastal Tour and the Historic Astoria Tour.

Visit the Vintage Tour Bus Company website to choose a tour, or why not pick two? It’s such a great way to take in the amazing landscape, geology, history and local industry of Portland and Oregon. You can even hire the bus for private celebrations and events.

9. Oregon Jeep Tours

If a vintage bus tour doesn’t do it for you. How about seeing a new perspective on the sights and landscapes of Oregon in a 4×4 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon?

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Image credit: Oregon Jeep Tours

Oh yes! A thrilling 4×4 adventure taking you through the backroads of Oregon is such a great way to get up close to spectacular scenery and wildlife. You’ll go where no ordinary vehicles can go. Choose from a selection of tours that take you into the mountains, along the coastline, through forests and vineyards, past our famous waterfalls or stay in town and visit Portland’s famous craft breweries.

The tours are guided by professionals and all of the vehicles are designed with your safety in mind.

10. Mount Hood

Our Portland vacation rental is a great base for skiers who want to combine a ski and city trip. Home to one of the only year-round ski resorts in the world, Mount Hood is Oregon’s crowning glory, with 11 glaciers, the mountain soars 1,000 feet above sea level. There are six ski areas in total, and because you can ski all-year-round you’ll often see professional skiers in training, you might even catch sight of an Olympian!

Aside from skiing, Mount Hood is a natural wonderland for hikers and wildlife enthusiasts. When Springtime blossoms, the hiking routes are strewn with carpets of wildflowers. Simply beautiful! You can also trek through farmlands, vineyards, orchards and fields of lavender.

Head to the Alpine Lakes for a spot of fishing, or to photograph the dazzling lakes which mirror the snow capped Mount Hood.

While you’re there we highly recommend a visit to the Historic Timberline Lodge, a national historic landmark. The design follows the lines of the mountain and is a great place to head out from for hiking or skiing. Head back afterwards for a drink by the fire, taking in the spectacular scenery.

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