As a Photographer, I love to venture, see new places, travel , experience new cultures, and of course document each experience I have and share it with others. Although we love to travel across the country and across the world, we live in the Pacific Northwest which is the perfect place to take ventures on a weekly basis. I wanted to share a list of 5 must see places close to Portland Oregon, whether you live here, or are coming for a weekend visit. Here is a list of my favorite spots you don’t want to miss out on.
I was fortunate enough to shoot an elopement here. Such an intimate time with friends and family. There is about a 5-10 minute walk in to see the falls. I do have to say that it’s a beautiful walk though and as you get closer to the falls, you will cross bridges and walk paths that are surrounded by so many rocks. It’s beautiful!
It’s a small hike up and a gorgeous view. About half way up, don't miss the little path to your left. It ventures off to a beautiful cliff side as seen in the photo below.
Forest Park is huge! It’s over 80 miles of trails and so beautiful. It also borders Portland city so it’s real close if you don't have the time to drive out to the coast or out into the Gorge.
Government cove is a little piece of land out in the Columbia River about 45 minutes east of the city. It’s a stunning view of the Columbia Gorge and is a little piece of land that looks so different from the rest of the gorge. It’s such a fun little piece of Oregon to explore.
Mt. Hood National Forest
There are so many lovely things up on Mt. hood; lakes, streams, camping sites, ski resorts, view points, lodges, and so much more. Mt. Hood is worth checking out for sure and is only roughly 1.5 hours from the city.
Cape Kiwanda – Pacific City
This is one of my favorite places. Kape Kiwanda in on the coast and about 1.5 hours east of Portland city. There are hills of stunning rock formations that are out of this world. It’s definitely a must see.
I don’t know about you, but there’s something so refreshing and empowering to escape the city and explore. Weather you are here in Portland, or across the world from Portland, I encourage you to go out and explore somewhere you haven’t been. I guarantee you won’t regret it.
What are some of your favorite outdoors spaces in the Pacific Northwest?!