Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in Oregon & just a 30-minute drive through the Columbia River Gorge. Fair warning...it gets a bit crowded in the summer.
We recommend stopping here on your way to/from Hood River or another hike in the Columbia Gorge. There's a brewery in Cascade Locks fairly close-by, as well!
Saturday Market takes place every Saturday (and Sunday) in the summer months. There are tons of street vendors set up by the Waterfront Park in Downtown PDX.
These are two separate gardens (both HUGE), right next to each other in Washington Park (NW Portland). The Japanese Garden has a small entry fee, but the Rose Test Garden is free!
The famous Powell's bookstore takes up an entire city block! You can get lost in here for hours.
If you're a beer drinker, you should definitely check out some of Oregon's breweries. There are A LOT to choose from.
A few favorites: Cascade Barrel House (sour beers), Breakside Brewery, Base Camp, Ecliptic, Bridgeport, Deschutes, & so many more!!
Talk to Kathryn's dad (Bill Griffin) if you're interested!
Mount Hood is a volcano, just about an hour from Portland. Even though ski season will be over, there are tons of great hikes! You can drive up to Timberline Lodge (you might recognize it from the movie 'The Shining') for some fondue & to check out the view!
There are over 500 wineries in Oregon! Make a day of it & pick 3-4 to go tasting! Check in with Kathryn & Alex for suggestions, or better yet - Kathryn's uncle, Matt Perrone!
This site will give you some helpful tips on planning your day:
Hood River is a fun little town at the base of Mt. Hood, about an hour from Portland. There are some great breweries (Pfriem, Double Mountain, & Full Sail) and it's also a great place for kite & wind-surfing in the Columbia River Gorge!
See the famous Goonies rocks & explore the Oregon coast!
48636 Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019, USA
This is one of Kathryn's favorite hikes. It's just about a 30-minute drive into the Columbia River Gorge. Be prepared to get wet - the hike leads you up a creek bed, at some points neck-deep!
NOTE: This trail is currently closed due to damage from the Eagle Creek wildfires this past year. Be sure to check online for updates before venturing out!
Forest Park is a massive urban forest reserve in NW Portland, with over 70 miles of trails!
Another option in the Columbia Gorge with some incredible views.
NOTE: this trail is also currently closed due to damage from the Eagle Creek fires. Check online before heading out!
The best sushi ever. Bamboo now has four locations in Portland.
If you're ready for a food adventure, check out this Russian restaurant. Delicious & lots of fun!
Amazing brunch spot, but be prepared to wait for a table.
One of our favorites! Old Salt is a butcher shop by day and restaurant by night!
This one is Alex's favorite brunch spot.
Probably Portland's most popular restaurant - known for it's authentic Thai cuisine.
There's something here for everyone! Sushi burritos, Korean BBQ, vegan cuisine, gourmet sandwiches...and all of it's delicious! You can also take your food to go and grab a beer on the patio at Prost (the German pub nextdoor).
A local ice cream shop with some really interesting flavors. There are now several locations in town, including one on Alberta (just a few minutes from our house & Kennedy School).