Outdoor Activities To Do Outside of Portland, Oregon

Oregon is a beautiful state with many types of activities. From sporting events to exploring nature, Portland is known for everything you can do there, but you can do plenty in neighboring towns like Newberg that are well worth the visit. If you’re planning to visit this picturesque part of the country, here’s a look at some of the best outdoor activities in Newberg, Oregon.

Kayak Tour

The Willamette River is a popular tourist attraction that allows you to take in the beauty of nature here in the Pacific Northwest. There are private group tours available that you can customized to your liking. First Nature Tours will even help you with your gear and itinerary!

Outdoor Activities To Do Outside of Portland, Oregon

Take a Scenic Bike Ride

In the majestic wine country of Newberg, cycle past views of vineyards and stop for tastings at wineries, pick up supplies at coffee shops and brewpubs. The northern point of the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway is Champoeg State Park, where settlers gathered in the 1850s to hold what turned out to be a very close vote that led to the creation of the state of Oregon.

Or you can meander along through small towns, past an amazing array of things growing adjacent to the road, the route passes Willamette Mission State Park—a great stopping point—and then cuts through Oregon’s capitol city of Salem. Once you clear the largest city on the route, you’re back into the natural world. As you pass through the Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge, honks and calls from wintering Canada geese are the loudest noises you’ll hear on this stretch.


Visit the Willamette Valley

About 45 minutes from Portland’s airport lies Oregon’s gateway to wine country and some of the best outdoor activities to do outside of Portland, Oregon. The town of Newberg is a great place to visit because of its vineyard experiences and award-winning food scene.

Today, visitors come from all over the world for its scenic beauty: rolling hills covered with vineyards, lush greenery; and vast meadows—all surrounded by tall mountains which provide breathtaking views at every turn. You’ll definitely want to stay in Newberg. The boutique hotels in Willamette Valley, Oregon, have everything you could ever want.

Visit Silver Falls State Park

Visiting a waterfall is a must if you’re on the Oregon coast, and Silver Falls State Park is an excellent spot. You can find 10 thunderous waterfalls in this park alone. Known as the “crown jewel” of all the parks in the Oregon state park system, this park offers opportunities to learn more about the history and the early inhabitants of this area.

Take the Scenic Route

Oregon has much to offer, if you have time for multi-day trips or longer adventures beyond Portland’s city limits. There are numerous hiking trails and scenic viewpoints, as well as some spectacular waterfalls to enjoy.

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