Travel & Outdoors

Summer Fun

The Big Float Is Bringing the Party to the Willamette River for One Last Hurrah

A summer tradition in Portland, this year is both the 10th anniversary and the final installment for the flotilla of unicorn floaties, big yellow ducks, and more.

07/05/2022 By Michelle Harris

Events

What to Do in Oregon in July

Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, a dory celebration in Pacific City, orchestral music on the coast, and more

07/01/2022 By Michelle Harris and Margaret Seiler

Cycling

Pedalpalooza Is Back! The Beloved Bike Festival Runs June, July, and August

The super-fun, volunteer-led Portland bike festival returns with themed rides, from Kate Bush to a cargo bike competition.

06/30/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Travel Deals

Great Wolf Lodge Offers a Free Night for 100 Travelers with Canceled Flights

The hotel and water park chain, which has a location between Portland and Seattle near Centralia, says it’s easing the pain of frustrated passengers.

06/29/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Get Out

19 Great Swimming Holes within 3 Hours of Portland

Drive to Hagg Lake, the Wilson River, Rooster Rock State Park, and more swimming holes near Portland, Oregon.

06/29/2022 By Benjamin Tepler, Rachel Ritchie, Margaret Seiler, Caleb Diehl, and Kasey Cordell

Fourth of July

Where to Catch Big Fireworks Displays around Portland and Beyond This Fourth of July

Find the rockets' red glare at Portland’s Waterfront Park, Oaks Amusement Park, coastal towns like Astoria and Seaside, and more

06/28/2022 By Michelle Harris, Fiona McCann, and Margaret Seiler

Swimming

6 Portland Hotels with Outdoor Pools for Your Summer Staycation

Book a room with cable and AC and lounge by the pool at University Place downtown, the Holiday Inn at Jantzen Beach, the Monarch in Clackamas, and more.

06/24/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Scenic Drives

The Northern Clark County Scenic Drive Is a Blast to the Past

North of Vancouver and close to Portland, the loop includes a historic homestead, an old grist mill, a museum, waterfall hikes, river swims, and more.

06/23/2022 By Michelle Harris

Concerts

McMenamins Has Launched a New Concert Series in Forest Grove

Imagine Edgefield on Xanax and you're most of the way there.

06/17/2022 By Conner Reed

Greenspaces

A Celebration of Portland Parks

A thank-you note to the hiking trails of Forest Park, the playground of Wilshire and Arbor Lodge, the smell of roses in Washington and Peninsula Parks, and more

06/17/2022 Edited by Julia Silverman By Michelle Harris, Fiona McCann, and Margaret Seiler

Transformations

The Jupiter Hotel Is Ready for Its Next Act

For the past two years, the East Burnside hotel served as a quarantine shelter for COVID-positive homeless people. Now, it's ready for other guests again.

06/16/2022 By Michelle Harris

Swimming

Not Signed Up for Swim Lessons in Portland Yet? There’s Still Hope

Expect to see "full," "waitlist," and "members only" messages, but there are still some spots available or coming online soon at Portland parks, gyms, and more.

06/10/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Agribusiness

Down on Dairy? From Almond to Soy to Hazelnut, a Closer Look at the Options for Milk Alternatives

Ready to give up dairy for good? We take a closer look at your options, from nut milks to oat milk, and more.

06/10/2022 By Michelle Harris

Swimming Holes

Take a Hike to a Swimming Hole

Combine water and a walk, short or long, with a visit to Lacamas Park, Mosier Creek Falls, Metzler Park, or lakes in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

06/08/2022 By Michelle Harris and Margaret Seiler

Editor’s Note

From the Editor: Why You Should Heed the Oregon Coast’s Invitation to Dive In

A dip in the Pacific Ocean is better in summer. Let our guide to the Oregon Coast, including Seaside, Astoria, Manzanita, and more, help you explore.

06/07/2022 By Fiona McCann

Oregon Coast

Food, Vintage Finds, and Ecola State Park: The Many Wonders of Cannon Beach

Gaze at Haystack Rock, enjoy fine dining and breweries, and hike in Ecola State Park in this beach town close to Portland.

06/07/2022 By Julia Silverman

Oregon Coast

Where to Eat, Stay, and Play on Oregon’s Central Coast

Spot sea lions, a lighthouse, and lots of sand in Yachats, Florence, the Oregon Dunes, Reedsport, and beyond

06/07/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Oregon Coast

Where to Eat, Stay, and Play on Oregon’s South Coast, from Coos Bay to Brookings

A Star Trek/tiki motel, painted dinosaurs at Prehistoric Gardens, the private zoo at West Coast Game Safari, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, and more!

06/07/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Oregon Coast

Seaside, Oregon, Is a Hesher Sanditon and We’re Here for It

Crabbing, taffy, corn dogs, and a carousel for a classic Oregon coast experience

06/07/2022 By Heather Arndt Anderson

Oregon Coast

Find a Wild Writer’s Retreat and The Ring Vibes in Newport

Lincoln City has the casino and the kite festivals, but Newport, along with tourist draws like the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Ripley’s Believe it Or Not, has that certain air of mystery.

06/07/2022 By Conner Reed