Portland has a lot to offer for people who love outdoor activities. In this post we are going to talk about some of the most popular outdoor activities that you cannot afford to miss out on when you are in this part of the world.

Without wasting any more time let us straight away get to what some of those activities are –

Snowboarding on Mt. Hood

If you are adrenalin junky, then snowboarding in Mt. Hood is a treat for you. Located to the east of Portland, Mt. Hood is home to Skibowl – which is the largest night skiing resort in the country. The amazing thing is that you can enjoy the snowboarding and surfing experience both during summers and winters. So no matter the time of the year, if you in this part of the world you ought to try snowboarding on Mt. Hood.

Photo by Mike Rohrig

Hiking in the Forest Park

Another amazing outdoor experience that you can enjoy while being in Portland is that of hiking in the Forest Park. Spanning across 5200 acres, the park has over 82 miles of trail, which are surely a feast for someone who loves hiking. The trails are interconnected, most of them, via the Wildwood trail that spans across 30-miles. Being in these pristine surroundings, you never get the feeling of being in the city.

Rafting in Salmon River

When you are in Portland you cannot simply afford to miss out in white water river rafting. Rushing through the narrow lava canyon, Salmon River provides a relief for people who are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. You can choose from a wide range of guided commercial trips available and have fun with your family members or friends.

Photo by Rick Rapport and Deva

Kayaking Downtown

Kayaking in the Willamette River through downtown will paint an everlasting memory for you. Paddling through the river water, enjoy the serene beauty of Portland skyline, while you are accompanied by a couple dragon boats and sailboats. And if you are lucky you might witness our national symbol – a bald eagle floating in the sky! So, try kayaking to have an experience of a lifetime.

Photo by K. Kendall

Bike trip to Sauvie Island

And if you are just looking for a peaceful outing, then a bike trip to Sauvie Island is the perfect gift for you. Enjoy the 12-mile long loop south of the island to find solitude. On a clear day, you’ll be sure to see the Cascade Mountains, as well as an array of wildlife along, the way. The gentle landscape and peaceful surroundings will leave you in awe and help to take your mind away from the hectic city life.

These were some of the most popular activities you ought to try when you are in Portland. But the list is not exclusive. Just visit the region and you will get to see that there is plenty more at offer here. Enjoy!