Are you ready to plan the most amazing day trip from Portland?! Look, don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of amazing things to do in Portland, but what about all the things to do in Oregon?!
Well, we say you do both! If you have three days to visit Portland, we suggest you do these Portland activities for two days.
After the Portland sightseeing, plan on spending the third day road tripping to the Oregon coast!
Portland offers wonderful day trips, and this one will check off many fun things to do in Oregon. You’ll visit an Oregon state park with views that’ll knock your socks off.
This killer Oregon trip will also send you to the famous coastal town of Cannon Beach to see the Goonies Haystack Rock.
Instead of heading from Cannon Beach to Portland, we have two more stops for you. First, can you even say that you’ve explored Oregon without stopping by a winery?
We’ll share the cutest winery where you can purchase Santa’s Elixir. It’s located just a mile of the popular Highway 101.
From there, you’ll head over to one of the top Oregon things to do: Oregon’s Tillamook Creamery.
Wear your comfy road trip outfits, grab some snacks for the road, and get ready to go on one of the best day trips from Portland, Oregon.
Portland to Ecola State Park
There are so many wonderful things to see in Oregon, especially along the coast. However, Ecola State Park has to be my favorite.
The $5 a day parking fee is well worth the views, the trails, and most importantly, the lack of crowds.
We visited during the week in September, so when we showed up, we were the only ones on the trail and on the beach! We literally had the entire beach to ourselves!
Ecloa is a short distance to Portland, Oregon, at about an hour and a half away. There’s no reason in the world to not add this stop to your Oregon day trips!
The hike we did was called Crescent Beach Trail and I highly recommend you take the time to do this. It’s two miles out and back.
Since this trail is next to the ocean, it tends to be rather muddy. There are also tree stumps everywhere, so I highly recommend a sturdy pair of hiking shoes.
The hike itself has some of the best views of the beach and ocean below. You can find the rocky ocean framed by the evergreen branches. It’s simply stunning.
Ecloa State Park should be added to any weekend getaways from Portland, because it’s the perfect escape from the city.
Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach
It’s just a short six minute drive from Ecola State Park to Haystack Rock.
Heading from Portland to Cannon Beach is a must. Especially if you grew up watching The Goonies. You’ll want to head here to see Haystack Rock from the movie.
You may be wondering how far is Cannon Beach from Portland? Well, it’s an easy 90 minute drive.
There are so many day trip ideas from Portland, but Cannon Beach should not be passed for this one reason alone:
Cannon Beach was named one of the top 100 most beautiful places in the world by National Geographic.
Also, if you happen to be here between early spring to mid-summer, you have the chance to see puffins hanging around Haystack Rock.
Although, we didn’t explore more of the local village (I wish we had), Cannon Beach is known for it’s restaurants, shopping, and art as well.
You can easily spend an entire weekend or longer here. There is a reason why Cannon Beach is listed as one of the best things to do in Oregon.
HELPFUL HINT: Stop by a local restaurant and grab a lunch to do. This is the perfect place to eat a picnic lunch while taking in the views and people watching.
Nehalem Bay Winery
Shouldn’t all Portland, Oregon, day trips include at least one stop at a winery? We think so!
Nehalem Bay Winery is just a 25 minute drive from Cannon Beach, and it’s just about a mile off the 101.
This winery is owned by Ray Shackelford, and not only does he make great wine, but he is known for his humanitarian work in Cambodia.
Nehalem Bay Winery is a casual establishment, and they make you feel like family when you stop by. They aren’t stingy with their tasting samples either.
Not to mention, they serve Tillamook cheese and crackers with their wine.
On warmer days, they have plenty of outdoor seating that overlooks green pastures.
Our stop here lasted maybe 45 minutes or so. It’s a great way to support a local business and get a little taste of Oregon’s wine.
HELPFUL HINT: Buy yourself a bottle or two of Santa’s Elixir! It’s perfect for the holidays! If you’re a fan of mulled wine, then you’ll especially love Santa’s Elixir!
Portland to Tillamook Creamery
Okay, for your last stop. From the winery to Tillamook Creamery, it’s about a 30 minute drive. It’s well worth it too.
When you first visit Tillamook Creamery, you’ll be surprised by just how huge this place is! The parking lot is massive, so there should be plenty of room for parking.
Once inside, you can either start the self-guided tour or you can head straight to the Tillamook restaurant.
The tour includes watching how their massive blocks of cheese are made and packaged. They even have samples of the various cheeses they make.
The tour also talks about the Tillamook farm itself, its history, and what it does today to deliver the items we buy in the grocery stores every day.
Once you’re done with the Tillamook tour, you HAVE to eat at their restaurant. First off, they all things cheese. We recommend you go with the cheese curds!
Okay….now you can’t visit Tillamook Creamery without having the ice cream! The issue will be how do you possibly choose which flavor!
When we were there, I ordered the butter maple pancake ice cream in a waffle cone. Yeah. That was AMAZING!
There are so many fun day trips in Oregon, but they’re better if they include a trip to Tillamook!
Day Trip From Portland
Bottom line, this is one of the best day trips from Portland. Not only do you get to experience the Oregon coast, but you also get to visit a local winery and the popular, Tillamook Creamery.
From start to finish, this day trip from Portland will consist of about four hours of driving. With the planned stops, it breaks up the drive perfectly.
There are many options for day trips in Oregon, but this one is planned out for you! All you have to do is go!
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