Fall Getaways to Help You Thrive

September 20, 2016 (Updated July 19, 2017)

It’s a Pacific Northwest wonderland out there, and we want you to make the most of it.

That’s why Travel Oregon and Kaiser Permanente partnered up to share healthy and fun ideas for quick adventures — right in our own backyard — to help you thrive during all seasons of the year.

Research shows outdoor play leads to many physical and cognitive benefits, from boosting immune system markers and reducing stress to better performance in the classroom. Preventive care is a critical component of health and well-being. And, in our opinion, there’s no better place to work on your health than Oregon’s beautiful and vast outdoors.

Hiker looking at Columbia River from Mitchell Point

Easy Weekend Trips from Portland

It’s one of Oregon’s best-kept secrets: fall just might be the best time to take a road trip. The summertime crowds have gone, the weather is blissful and many towns host all sorts of enticing shoulder season events to draw visitors out. Here are 5 easy, fresh fall outdoor adventure trips from Portland — all within a two-hour drive north, south, east or west — that are just too tempting to pass up.

Man and woman hiking on the Cape Falcon trail

Photo credit: Gary Hayes

Hiking Tour of the Oregon Coast

Traverse rainforest, discover picture-perfect ocean views or trek through an otherworldly landscape of seemingly endless giant sand dunes. Hikers will discover astonishing opportunities to explore the natural wonders of the Oregon Coast on trails in state parks from one end of the state to the other.

Runners in the Columbia River Gorge Marathon

Photo credit: Scott McMullen

Falls Runs in the Gorge

It’s time to play in the Columbia River Gorge, and there’s no better way to explore than a run. For those who like scenic trail and road running, look no further, the Gorge is practically made for runners, with the cool forest in the west and warmer high desert to the east.

Man (with dog) fly fishing along the Metolius River amid autumn tree colors

Photo credit: Tyler Roemer

Where to Find Oregon Fall Foliage

Summer wanes, the temperatures drop and Oregon’s forests move into fall party mode. From mountain forests to river valleys around the state, a riot of color celebrates the changing of the seasons. Get out and join the festivities by bike, by car, by train or on foot.

Woman mountain biking in mossy forest

Photo credit: Anthony Smith/Bike Magazine

Best Fall Mountain Bike Rides

Oh, autumn! We welcome you with open arms and helmets and knobby tires. Because fall in Oregon was made for mountain biking. The twisting, tacky single tracks that winds across the state’s forests are some of the best mountain biking trail you’ll ride. Ever.

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