Autumn. It crunches like a tart heirloom apple. Blazes like a bonfire of maples. Exhales the soft spice of a Columbia Gorge Syrah. And crackles like the bundled electricity of 46,000 football fans. For many Portlanders, autumn’s liminal magic holds special romance. From cranberries and chanterelles to summit hikes and spooky nights, the time for adventuring is now—as the sun slants lower, the air grows crisp, and every drop of daylight feels a bit more precious. These 10 spectacular day trips aim to help you revel in every moment: “bagging gold,” writes poet David Baker, “for the cold days to come.”

Image: Courtesy David Lloyd

In This Feature:

Eugene? Psh. Go Tailgating in Corvallis Instead.

Tag along with fans of that other Oregon football team—you might just catch Beaver fever.

09/13/2016 By Molly Woodstock

An Apple Picking Trip in Oregon’s Hood River Valley

The upside of autumn chill? Harvest time in Parkdale and beyond.

09/13/2016 By Ramona DeNies

Take a Fall Wine Trek through the Columbia Gorge

The hills near Lyle, Washington, offer up rich vino and stunning views.

09/13/2016 By Julie Whipple

Island Farms and Rickety Ferry Rides: Adventure on the Back Roads to Astoria

Swap traffic for tranquility, and tourist crowds for little-known towns.

09/13/2016 By Margaret Seiler

Want Crowd-Free Floats? Raft the North Santiam in October

Fall is prime time for one of Western Oregon’s most underappreciated rivers.

09/13/2016 By Marty Patail