Family Fun in Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon is located about 75 miles
from the Pacific Ocean, near the confluence
of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, and
a short distance from majestic Mount Hood.
The city itself has much to offer if you want
to stay in town and check out the
restaurants, shopping and sights, but it
provides a great central location for
exploring the Pacific Coast, Columbia River
Gorge or Mount Hood.

Whether it is for a few days or an extended
vacation there is plenty to see and do for
the entire family. Everyone's tastes are a
little different, but here are some interesting
places to see and things to do that you may
want to consider when visiting the
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Mount Hood Railroad - Take a scenic train ride through the Columbia River Gorge that climbs to the foothills of
Mt Hood. Enjoy scenic train tours, fine dining and special railroad events during brunch and dinner like the Murder
Mystery Dinner Train.

Scenic Byways - If you like scenic drives, be sure and take the Mount Hood National Scenic Byway for some
breathtaking mountain scenery. Also, just east of Portland, enjoy the historic
Columbia River Highway Scenic
Byway and enjoy a view of Multnomah Falls.

Multnomah Falls - A famous attraction just east of Portland is a magnificent waterfall. It is only about a 30 minute
drive outside of Portland, but seeing this 620 foot, awesome waterfall firsthand is a great experience. It is only
about a 5 minute walk from the parking area located off I-84.

Mount Hood - Its majestic, snow-covered peak is a beautiful sight from Portland and it is located only about 50
miles east-southeast of Portland. It is a prime wintertime destination for many, but it also has plenty of family fun
for the summer and fall. In fact, it normally has a summer ski season that runs from May through August,
depending on the winter snowfall. The Adventure Park at
Skibowl has much to offer for children in its 2,400 square
foot play zone.

Washington Park - A huge city park in Portland, which includes a zoo, arboretum, a
children's museum, forestry museum, amphitheatre, rose garden, Japanese garden, picnic areas, playgrounds, an
archery range, tennis courts, soccer field and many wooded acres with over 15 miles of trails. The Oregon Zoo,
located here, contains more than 2,000 animals, including many endangered species.

Oregon Coast - Check out some of the quaint coastal cities as you travel along U.S. Highway 101. There are
over 360 miles of coastline in Oregon that you can visit. Build sand castles, walk for miles and soak up the sun
and breeze off the ocean. Watch the endless waves come in and pound the rocks and beach. Visit a lighthouse,
the Sea Lion caves or just relax and walk barefoot and wiggle your toes in the sand. There is nothing like
spending some time on the beach or near the ocean to really relax and unwind.

Of course, with an area like Portland with so much to see and do, you'd expect it to have a wide variety of
accommodations. Portland has plenty to offer in this department. Choose from fine hotels, motels, bed and
breakfasts, vacation rentals, even RV parks or campgrounds depending on your travel budget and preference.
This link from the Oregon Tourism Commission provides some good information on
Portland accommodations,
which should be helpful when planning your next family vacation, here.

The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful area and its mountain scenery is truly superb. So, if you are starting to plan
your next vacation and you are looking for a place that offers great scenery, plenty to see and do, with great
dining and accommodations, then you may want to consider Portland for your next family trip. There is something
for everyone, and no shortage of fun things to do. Have a great time and start creating lasting memories.
Portland, Oregon
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