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A friend and I are planning a trip to Oregon, by Amtrak from Minnasota. We are both disabled but need no extra equipment for walking. Rugged trails, bicycling, rafting are not options. Yet we want to see the ocean, mountains, great nature… all Oregon has to offer. Any suggestions?

Good news!!! Most of the waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge are very accessible. Many are visible from the highway, or a short walk on a paved trail. A few that immediately come to mind besides the most famous, Multnomah Falls, are Latourell, Wahkeena, Horsetail, and the beautiful tunnel at Oneonta Gorge. Vista House on Crown Point is another must see, and they even have a ramp and elevators if the stairs are a little too much for you (same goes for the lodge at Multnomah Falls).

A visit to Timberline Lodge at Mount Hood is also a must do. Again, easy to maneuver and you literally drive right up to the mountain. Depending on the time of year, you can even ride the chair lift to the top of Palmer Glacier. You can also drive to Trillium Lake, which has a beautiful view of Mount Hood, reflected in the lake, and an pretty flat, easy trail along the east side of the lake if you are so interested.

If you are also planning a trip along the coast, there are some beautiful viewpoints along Highway 101. Cannon Beach and Seaside, the town closes to Portland, also offer some waysides with easy beach access.

we are traveling to Portland this summer and have a flexible schedule. we want to see live music, preferably in a festival or concert setting. what’s the best source for things to do? – Byrne P.

During the July 4th weekend there’s the Waterfront Blues Festival and the Oregon Zoo hosts several summer concerts. Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square hosts concerts and events featuring live music (e.g. Cinco de Mayo, Festa Italiana) throughout the year. Once you’re here you can also find information on live music events at the websites of the Portland Mercury, the Willamette Week, and the Oregonian.

Answered by Dave Strom on April 28th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

My wife and I will have one day & night in downtown Portland. We are in our late 20s and enjoy hikes, good food, live music, and generally cool, unique experiences. Any suggestions for our one day of awesomeness in Portland? – Ben & Amy

Since you’ll be right downtown, you should definitely explore the city – there are lots of parks, shops, and restaurants worth checking out. The Willamette Week and Portland Mercury newspapers will have entertainment listings. Also check out my blog for more ideas!

Answered by Dave Strom on April 26th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

What are some fun and exciting things to do in portland for kids and teens? Also some places to go swimming that aren’t too cold?

There are quite a few municipal pools in Portland.  The outdoor ones are only open during the summer.
And here’s a discussion on a local blog about “Portland Swimming Holes.” With regards to other activities, there are plenty!  When you visit check out some local blogs to find community events.

Answered by Dave Strom on April 26th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

Any suggestion where I might go by myself during this spring break? – Shane

If I were you… I’d head to the coast on the Greyhound Bus because there is something there I think you’d love to do! Sand Boarding! I haven’t been duning but my husband and son have and they had a blast!  Florence is the best place to go sand duning and so I hope you check it  out and that it works for you!  And about food… well, try the Waterfront Depot and Bar! They’ve seafood and steaks on the menu!

Answered by Debbie Lusk, Ask Oregon Portland Expert on April 26th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

My wife and I will be traveling by car from Boise to Portland along I-84 in June. We have two or three days for the journey. What highlights do you recommend we consider?

As you may know, the trip from Boise to Portland is roughly a 7-hour car ride, direct. But I have a different idea for you that will take you a bit longer, but what sights and scenery you will see!

First, you may want to plan a few hours in downtown Boise. It has come a long way. Then, I recommend you proceed on I-84 into Oregon (you’ll change your watch back 1 hour) until you reach Payette and Highway 26 heading West. From here, you will be traveling on one of the most scenic highways in the state along the John Day River. It will be flooding in June (no worries, but sign up for a rafting trip, if you like). There are charming towns along the way, an old Chinese apothecary museum in the town of John Day and bed & breakfasts and small lodgings to choose from as you head toward Fossil.

Also you will be passing through  one of the most geologically significant regions in the state complete with fossils (into dinosaurs) and the pastel-colored hills of The Painted Hills, so you’ll want to take your time. There are innumerable places to stop for sightseeing and rock hounding and visiting the amazing Paleolands Institute along with other side trips to fossil beds if you’re interested.  From the tiny town of Fossil you will wind out of the desert and join I-84 where you will meet the mighty Columbia River. Travel all along its borders and stop for lunch or dinner in Hood River, the windsurfing capitol where you’ll find lots of eateries, good coffee and sporty, adventuresome types. Spend a second night in this charming town, if you like. From here, it’s just 1 hour through The Gorge, another scenic highway, to downtown Portland.

Best time to see Cherry Blossoms in Portland?

The end of March and first half of April are best for cherry blossoms in Portland.

Answered by Dave Strom on April 26th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

What are the fishing opportunities on the Oregon coast the last week of April. I assume steelhead will be over. Would a charter for bottom fish be worthwhile?

There are a few opportunities for fishing the last week of April on the Oregon coast. Sea perch start to move into the bays, the coastal lakes are regularly stocked with rainbow trout by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and there are a few winter steelhead around but it is the end of the run. And yes, if the seas are calm there is charter fishing.

Answered by David Johnson, Ask Oregon Fishing Expert on April 26th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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We are driving to Port Orford to visit the prehistoric gardens, then to Bandon for the Wildlife Zoo and then working our way back to Tillamook. We are looking for some special sights and sounds to visit on Highway 101. We’ve been to the lighthouses on the Oregon coast but are wondering about some not so common sights.What do you recommend?

If you’re doing the Prehistoric Gardens and the wildlife park, you would probably like the Sea Lion Caves, between Florence and Yachats on Highway 101. And, if you’re looking for unusual sights on Highway 101 as you head north, look for:

  1. Otter Crest Loop, between Newport and Depoe Bay
  2. Boiler Bay — especially at really low tides, you can see the boiler!
  3. The Glassblowing Studio in Lincoln City
  4. Proposal Rock in Neskowin
  5. Munson Falls, about 10 miles south of Tillamook
  6. Blue Heron Cheese Factory (petting farm!) just south of the big cheese factory in Tillamook
Answered by Niki Price on April 26th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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What is one of the most scenic places to visit? – G.S.

The  Columbia River Gorge offers towering basalt cliffs, temperate rain forest, cascading waterfalls, and an abundance of hiking trails. Mount Hood is a beautiful snow capped peak surrounded by National Forest, more hiking trails, and alpine lakes. Both would be well worth your time.

I suggest taking a drive along the Historic Highway from Troutdale, stopping at Crown Point to take in the views, and exploring waterfalls on the way.

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