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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.