The historic Columbia River Highway was the first scenic highway in the United States and is designated a National Historic Landmark. The highway is about 75 miles long between Troutdale and the Dalles in Oregon and travels through the Columbia Gorge, transitioning between temperate rainforest to dry grasslands in only 80 miles. The area is best known for its high concentration of waterfalls but is also a popular destination for hiking, mountain-biking, fishing, watersports and sight-seeing. The Columbia River Gorge is the perfect day trip from Portland on a hot summer's day or worth road tripping out to spend a week or two to fully explore the area.
When people think of waterfalls to visit in Oregon, Multnomah Falls is usually the first one that comes to mind. Multnomah Falls is Oregon's tallest waterfall and is also the most visited natural attraction in Oregon, and with good reason! Multnomah Falls is stunning and an amazing waterfall to photograph, but did you know there are over a dozen other amazing waterfalls you can visit all on the same stretch of scenic road that is the Scenic Columbia River Highway?
Road tripping the Oregon coast was a spur of the moment decision. We were in Portland trying to figure out our next move - which was going to be heading straight to the Californian border then hugging the coastline from there. It was the middle of winter and we had been avoiding living out of the van (road tripping in the cold just ain't fun) and wanted to find some warmer weather asap... But we thought to ourselves, why waste the opportunity to see a beautiful coastline?
Portland, Oregon is one of the best cities to visit on a budget! Unlike other U.S. cities such as New York, Los Angeles or Seattle, you don't need much money to have a good time here. If you're in the know, you can easily find bars with the best happy hour deals, eating out is very inexpensive here, and there are always a range of fun activities you can get involved in or performers you can see for little or no money. Keep reading to find out what you can do on a budget in Portland.
Thanks to a good friend of ours we were fortunate enough to spend a couple of months in the city of Portland. After having spent much time travelling the west coast we have come to the conclusion that Portland is our favorite U.S. city. Portland is Oregon's largest metropolis and is a haven for eco-activists, cyclists, artists, outdoorsy folk, hipsters and vegans. It is a laid back city with a small town feel, filled with charming neighborhoods and a hip downtown area. A place where it is the norm to rock up to five star restaurants in Gore-Tex outerwear and hiking boots. Portland consistently tops the "Greenest Cities in the USA' lists and has been able to nudge its carbon emissions to below 1990 levels. Although Portland is not on the top of the list of cities to visit in the USA for most people, I am going to tell you why it should be.
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