5 Must-Visit Day Trips from Portland: From Beaches to Mountains (Pup-Approved!)

5 Must-Visit Day Trips from Portland: From Beaches to Mountains (Pup-Approved!)

Hey there, Portland explorers and their furry friends! 🌲🐾

Portland's charm isn't just restricted to us bipeds; our four-legged family members also adore the array of experiences our region offers. So, when the call of the open road beckons, why leave your canine companion behind? With mountains, beaches, forests, and valleys beckoning, it's time to embark on the ultimate pup-approved day trips from Portland. Let's fetch those adventures!

Reflection in a car's side mirror of a pug sitting in the passenger seat driving through the city and enjoying the sights outside

Every pup's dream: getting out of town to enjoy Oregon's vast playground!

1. Cannon Beach (West)

Drive Time: 1.5 hours

Famous for its colossal Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach offers an expansive sandy playground for dogs to romp and play. Remember to keep your dog on a leash, especially during puffin nesting season. Post-beach fun, take a leashed stroll through the town's dog-friendly boutiques and refuel at one of the many pet-accommodating restaurants (we recommend checking out the outdoor patio at Driftwood Restaurant & Lounge).

While you're there: Ecola State Park also welcomes dogs, making it perfect for a forested hike.

Happy dog playing fetch with a ball on the sand at Cannon Beach

Beach zoomies and sandy paws: A pup's Cannon Beach day!

2. Mount Hood (East)

Drive Time: 2 hours

Mount Hood's trails are a haven for nature-loving pups. With sniffs galore and varied terrains, it's an olfactory and physical treat. Dogs should be on leashes on most trails, especially around the busier Timberline Lodge area.

While you're there: Stop by the lakes where dogs can take a refreshing dip on warm days. Trillium and Timothy are two of Popo & Archer’s favorite lakes in the area!

A St. Bernard dog laying in the snow in front of Mt. Hood

Paws, peaks, and perfect adventures. (Image sourced from www.timberlinelodge.com)

3. Hood River (East)

Drive Time: 1 hour

In addition to being a windsurfing hub for the world, Hood River is also delightfully dog-friendly. The town boasts several dog-friendly parks, like the Spit/Sandbar, and many restaurants have patios that accommodate our furry friends (Solstice Wood Fire Pizza is one of our faves!).

While you're there: The Fruit Loop drive offers multiple farm stands where dogs are welcome to accompany you as you pick fresh produce.

Recreate Responsibly - Visit Hood River

Hood River adventures: Where tails wag and spirits soar. (Image sourced from www.visithoodriver.com)

4. Astoria (North)

Drive Time: 2 hours

Historic Astoria is a treat for dogs and their humans alike. With its river walk path stretching over 5 miles, it's an excellent place for a scenic dog walk. Be sure to stop by Rogue Pier 39 Public House for a bite and a brew (they’ve got menu items for your pup, too!). Astoria's various parks also provide open spaces for dogs to play.

While you're there: The Fort Astoria Park is a must-visit, and yes, it's dog-friendly!

A dog and its owner walking along the river in Astoria, OR with the Astoria-Megler Bridge in the background

Paws and ponder: Astoria's timeless charm. (Image sourced from www.bringfido.com)

5. Silver Falls State Park (South)

Drive Time: 1 hour

While not all trails in Silver Falls State Park are dog-friendly, the ones that are offer a spectacular experience. The Rackett Ridge and Perimeter Trails are pup-approved. The lush forests and myriad scents ensure a sensory treat.

While you're there: There are designated doggy rest areas, so your companion can take a breather, too.

A sunny day with clear skies and two dogs standing on the river bank surrounded by forests

Water wonders, through a pup's eyes.

Ditch those kennel plans; Oregon's surroundings are a tail-wagging delight for dogs! From ocean sprays to forest plays, which of these excursions have you and your pooch embarked on? Share your pup-tastic stories and tips with our community in the comments below!

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