Recreation in Portland
With the wide variety of recreational opportunities
available, there's no reason to stay at home in Portland.
Visitors and residents can enjoy the extensive park
and trail system, bicycling, jogging, boating, skiing,
windsurfing, watching professional sports, or just going
out and walking the dog for the day.
The Portland Parks and Recreation system has over 700
parks and recreation facilities, with something for
everyone to do, see or learn. The City of Portland's
Parks and Recreation Bureau offers many types of classes,
as well as an outdoor recreation program. For more information
about classes or the city park system, visit their website
The Portland area's regional government, Metro,
also manages a system of interconnected natural areas,
green spaces, parks, and trails.
Within a day's drive of Portland, there
are many favorite outdoor attractions. Skiing, snowboarding,
snowmobiling, and snowshoeing are popular at Mt.
Hood Meadows and Timberline
Lodge. The Oregon
Department of Transportation has sixteen Sno-parks
in the Mt. Hood area for cross country skiiers. Buy
your sno-park permit at local businesses before parking
in these winter recreation areas. Some of the best spots
for windsurfing are at The
Dalles or Hood
River, where strong winds whip against the brightly
colored sails, pushing boards up and down the river.
A trip to the beach is always a good idea, and just
drive two hours west to see the sun and sand of the
Oregon coast. Three of the most popular northern coastal
towns are Cannon
For more recreation ideas, visit the Recreation
and Sports link list or the Attractions
and Activities link list. For more information on
Oregon cities and towns, on the coast and elewhere,
visit the Welcome
to Oregon website.