This time I have nine days, and one of my goals is to get out of the city and check out all of the great nature people keeping talking about.
I reached out on Facebook and asked people for suggestions. So many people gave their input and even great links and detailed directions.
Columbia River Gorge
My first venture outside the city was a drive along the Columbia River Gorge. In less than twenty minutes, I was outside the city and surrounded by green foliage and more hiking trails than I could have imagined.
I have come to the conclusion that Portlanders are spoiled.
They really do have everything, including an absurd number of waterfalls within a short drive. Seriously, look at this list. It’s quite ridiculous.
(Special thanks to The Travel Wench for great advice and online resources.)
Although I could have spent well over a day exploring the nearby waterfalls, I had more fun planned at Hood River (post coming soon), so I had to narrow it down to just a couple of stops along the Columbia River Gorge.
Yep, just as beautiful as they say.
The guy running my hostel told me if I was short on time the other must-see waterfall is Horsetail Falls.
The special part about this waterfall is that there is actually a second one less than a mile along a path. You can walk behind Ponytail Falls (as the upper waterfall is known) and get a great perspective on the waterfall.