Just because it’s cold and gloomy, doesn’t mean you should stay indoors. Portland is situated near some of the best winter trips! From Mt. Hood to the majestic Oregon Coast, these are some of the best day trips you can take from Portland during the winter.
Just about 50 miles east of The Hotel Zags Portland is Mt. Hood. One of the most recognized peaks in the Pacific Northwest. Mt. Hood National Forest is home to a handful of ski & snowboard resorts, some great cross-country skiing, and tubing. This is the perfect day trip for any winter sports/adventure enthusiasts.
The Oregon Coast
Depending on which coastal towns you’d like to visit, you can get to the Oregon Coast in less than two hours. Popular coastal destinations include Cannon Beach, Seaside, Astoria, Tillamook, Newport, and Lincoln City. The Oregon Coast has some of the most picturesque coastline in the country and driving along it is a must if you’ve got the time.
Mount St. Helens
If you travel 50 miles northeast of Portland, you’ll wind up at the famous Mt. St. Helens National Park. This active volcano is a must-see if you have some extra time on your Portland trip. Once 1,000 ft. higher than it’s current height, the volcano’s peak sits at 8,633 feet. In 1980, it erupted and reduced the elevation of the mountains summit. The Worm Flows Route is the most traversed trail during the winter months as it is the most direct route to the summit. A climbing permit is required for anyone who will be above 4,800 feet.
Willamette Valley Wine Country
Winter is the slow season for wineries, but their tasting rooms do remain open. If you’re not a big fan of crowds, this is the perfect time to check them out. There are nearly 600 Willamette Valley wineries to choose from within an hour and a half of downtown Portland.