“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”
― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Have you been looking for Places that give you goosebumps seeing the natural beauty .You feel astonished with just a glimpse of Mountain or hills .Seeing a wild animal makes you go crazy . Then Portland is the place to go !

In Portland, there is an abundance of thriving sceneries that make your heart crave for more.

Here I present 6 places to visit in Portland , Oregon that give you excitement and let your emotions burst out !

6 places in Portland Oregon

Mount Hood

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#1 Mount Hood is the most glorious places to visit in Portland ,Oregon. It is Oregon’s highest peak. In and Around Mt hood, adventure is overloaded from historic lodges to unbeatable slopes and varieties of food options to satisfy your craving for delicious food.

About 90 minutes from Portland is the historic Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, which has ski rentals through the summer months.

Its series of glaciers make skiing possible year-round. Try “skinning,” or ski touring up the mountain on backcountry skis and pack a picnic lunch to enjoy among the alpine rocks.

The Oregon Coast

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Surfing at Oregon coast is the most beautiful feeling ever. There are various spots across the Oregon coast for both the beginners and Veterans.

For beginners to surfing, Try surf spots tucked away in deep coastal forests

Indian Beach at Ecola State Park

Whether you go for the surfing or the sunset, Indian Beach in Ecola State Park is one of the most beautiful spots along the Oregon coastline.

Seaside Spot

This Seaside spot is protected from the south wind and is a popular spot for Surfing classes.

Short Sands

Short Sands beach is located in Smugglers Cove, part of Oswald West State Park. Park your vehicle at one of the trailheads on Highway 101 and wander out the the ocean.

Pacific City

Pacific City is perfect for Beginners to practice and view the gorgeous Chief Kiawanda Rock.

Otter Rock

Otter Rock is famous for the Otter Rock and Roll youth surf contest, as well as the Devil’s Punchbowl rock formation.

Agate Beach

Agate Beach is located on the south side of Yaquina Head,near Newport and is protected from the north wind.

Waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge

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Distance : Twenty minutes east of Portland, there are diverse range of waterfalls.

Today, a tour of the Columbia River Gorge waterfalls can be done by car or by hiking trails, but you can’t really get the full experience unless you do both – there are too many good falls to hike through in one adventure, and too many good falls that you can’t see by car.

These Waterfalls are accessible by the car

Latourell Falls – The first major waterfall driving east into the Gorge, Latourell Falls cascades 224 feet and can be accessed easily from a short trail that leads to a viewpoint, as well as slightly longer treks to the base and top of the waterfall.

Bridal Veil Falls – Keep driving east on the Historic Columbia River Highway to find Bridal Veil Falls, a beautiful waterfall that drops 118 feet in two tiers. A short third-mile pathway leads to the falls.

Wahkeena Falls – Just down the historic highway from Multnomah Falls, the misty Wahkeena Falls can be found a short walk up a paved trail from a small parking lot. Hikers can continue up along the Multnomah-Wahkeena Loop trail.

Multnomah Falls – The tallest waterfall and most popular natural destination in Oregon, Multnomah Falls is truly a magnificent sight. Water from Multnomah Creek drops a whopping 635 feet in two tiers, crossing beneath the iconic Benson Bridge on its way. It’s absolutely an Oregon treasure but, no, it’s not the second tallest waterfall in the U.S.

Horsetail Falls – Considered to be “the epitome of the horsetail form” by the World Waterfall Database, Oregon’s own Horsetail Falls is a must-see on any Columbia River Gorge trip, found along the Historic Columbia River Highway just east of the Oneonta Tunnel.

Starvation Creek Falls – Located on the far eastern side of the Gorge, Starvation Creek Falls is one of the most accessible waterfalls in the area, and is ironically a great spot to stop for lunch (though the “starvation” name came from a very real pioneer crisis). It’s well known as a rest stop, but the spectacular 227-foot waterfall is well worth it on its own. 

Rowena Plateau

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Drive an hour and 20 minutes east of Portland through the Columbia River Gorge to reach the Rowena Plateau.

Rowena plateau is a transition zone between the wet Pacific Northwest and dry Oregon desert, hence supports a variety of plant life—including a number of stunning wildflower species, which bloom each spring.

On windy days, plateau hikes make for the perfect vantage point to watch kite-surfers in the river below.

Also never forget to take “The hairpin turn ” .

Haystack Rock

Haystack Rock

In Portland , Haystack Rock is a massive vertical column of stone or “sea stack” extending out of Cannon Beach.

Distance : Just 90 minutes from downtown Portland, it’s an impressive place to watch a Pacific Ocean sunset.

In the summer, its the best place to spot the exotic orange-beaked Tufted Puffin, which nests on the rock.

Oregon Wine Country

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Distance : About an hour south of Portland lies the spreading wine country of the Willamette Valley.

Chehalem Mountains region has the best track wine tastings.

Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge is also on the way for awesome scenery and wildlife .