Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls, Oregon 97014, USA

Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in Oregon & just a 30-minute drive through the Columbia River Gorge. Fair 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!

Portland Saturday Market
2 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204, USA

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.

Japanese Garden + International Rose Test Garden
400 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205

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!

Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209, USA

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!

Mt. Hood

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!

Oregon Wine Country

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:

Wine Tasting Routes - Willamette Valley Wineries

Hood River OR

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!

Cannon Beach

See the famous Goonies rocks & explore the Oregon coast!

Oneonta Gorge Trail

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!

Eagle Creek

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

Forest Park is a massive urban forest reserve in NW Portland, with over 70 miles of trails!

Angel's Rest

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!

Bamboo Sushi

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!

Tasty & Sons

Amazing brunch spot, but be prepared to wait for a table.

Old Salt Marketplace

One of our favorites! Old Salt is a butcher shop by day and restaurant by night!


This one is Alex's favorite brunch spot.

Pok Pok

Probably Portland's most popular restaurant - known for it's authentic Thai cuisine.

Mississippi Food Trucks

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).

Salt & Straw

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).