It’s no mystery that Oregon is filled with epic adventure spots, and there’s something about the fall that makes them that much more awesome. It’s hard to narrow them down, but StorQuest put together our top five day trips for you to check out this autumn.
1) Multnomah Falls
For the most Instagram-worthy waterfall pics, you can count on the Multnomah Falls to deliver. Only 30 miles east of Portland and set in the stunning Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah is more than 611 feet tall and a stunning sight to see. For an even more unique perspective, you can hike a small paved trail to Benson Bridge, which spans the base of the falls from 543 feet up.
2) Trillium Lake
Imagine this – the perfect glacial lake framing an epic view of an 11,250-foot, white-capped mountain. You’re taking it all in from the water on your inflatable paddleboard, feeling like it’s one paint brush stroke away from a Bob Ross masterpiece. That’s Trillium Lake. A hidden gem just southeast of Portland, this picturesque lake perfectly frames Mount Hood. It’s a quick and easy drive to get there, and yes, we do recommend bringing your paddleboard to enjoy the views from the water’s perspective.
In less than three hours, you'll find the tiny Oregon coastal town of Yachats (pronounced yah-hots). Instead of sand, these beaches or scattered with dramatic basalt rock – the result of prehistoric lava flows – giving the mountainside beach a rugged feel. Soak in stunning ocean views up close and personal or chase panoramic views with a hike to the highest point on the Oregon coast, Cape Perpetua.
4) Bagby Hot Springs
Looking for a fall hike with a little reward? Bagby Hot Springs is about two hours south and east of Portland. To get there, you’ll take a quick trek through towering fir trees for about a mile and a half until you land upon the springs with hand-hewn tubs and cedar plumbing. Surrounded by the forest and a couple of good hiking friends, there’s nothing like this natural, rustic retreat.
5) Smith Rock State Park
You may need to wake up early for this day trip, but trust us, it’s worth it. Head south and east along Mount Hood Highway for about 160 miles and you’ll stumble upon one of Oregon's natural wonders. Smith Rock State Park is made up of dramatic red rock faces. It’s an outdoor oasis for rock climbers scaling clean basalt walls or hikers chasing the sweeping high-desert views at the top of Misery Ridge.
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