It’s no secret that summers in the Pacific Northwest are magic, with the abundance of natural beauty, proximity to the ocean, mountains and the vibrancy of Portland’s city life. From sunsets and sailing to hikes and hot toddies, Oregon has it all.
We want our Bristol family of residents to know about all the best summer activities in and around the Rose City. Our Portland community knows how to do summer right. Check out the list below for your own summer activity inspiration.
- International Rose Test Garden— FREE wanderings through some of Portland’s most beautiful and aromatic grounds. Featuring more than 10,000 rose bushes with 650 varieties.
- Pittock Mansion— Just a few short minutes from the Rose Garden, the grounds of the Mansion offer stunning views of Portland and Mt. Hood. Take in the majesty of this historical gem for a small fee.
- Springwater Corridor–Enjoy a leisurely bike ride? Look no further than Portland’s own Springwater Corridor connecting the city’s Central Eastside to the uniquely beautiful Sellwood neighborhood. Enjoy your pedal through a nature preserve on the 3-mile ride.
- Sauvie Island–This agricultural wonder offers a nice escape from the buzz of the city. Stroll the beautiful trails or pick your own bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Take a nice paddle on the river or soak up the heat of Collins Beach, just a 20 minute drive from the city.
- Portland Walking Tours–Enjoy your brews, booze and nosh with one of Portland’s several walking tours. Great for group activities or just getting to know your way around town. Certainly a fun way to walk!
- Portland Flea–Experience Portland’s world-class maker culture firsthand at the monthly Portland Flea events. Browse handmade goods, vintage finds and all the best in local.
- Mt. Hood Territory––Hikes, bikes, skiing and all the best mountain adventures you can handle. Just an hour’s drive from Portland the Mt. Hood Territory will NOT disappoint.
- Columbia River Gorge–The majesty that is the Columbia River Gorge is hard to put words to. Go see it for yourself via the many waterfalls, little towns, Hood River’s tasty wine tours or Washougal’s river dipping spots! So much to experience in this 80-mile magical stretch.
- Oregon Coast–The Oregon Coast delivers a wide range of experiences. From the cheese in Tillamook to the oysters in Netarts Bay to Astoria’s own sea-lion friendly Buoy Brewing. Don’t miss your chance to explore this exciting Pacific Northwest feature.