My favorite day of our vacation was when we traveled outside of the city and took a drive up the Oregon coast. Our first stop was Cannon Beach, a charming seaside community about an hour and a half north of Portland.
Cannon Beach is well known for Haystack Rock, a 235-foot-high dome that towers over the sandy beach. If you love The Goonies, like I do, then this rock will look very familiar!
After walking around Cannon Beach, we continued north to Seaside and Astoria, approximately 2 hours north of Portland. Sadly I don’t have any pictures of these towns, but they are definitely worth a visit! The Oregon coast is absolutely gorgeous and I could have spent days exploring the area.
Before we headed back to the city, we made one more stop at Multnomah Falls. Multnomah Falls is a 620-foot-high double-decker waterfall located about 35 minutes from Portland. Fun fact, it is the second-highest year-round waterfall in the nation. You can hike all the way to the top of the waterfall, but we just enjoyed the view from the bottom. And boy, was it a spectacular view!
The views walking away from the waterfall weren’t too bad either.
If you visit Multnomah Falls, you will be traveling along the historic Columbia River Highway, the oldest scenic highway in the United States. The highway takes you past half a dozen waterfalls, hiking trails, and breathtaking views of the river itself. We stopped along one of the many checkpoints for a truly stunning view of the river.
We packed quite a lot into one day! If you don’t have time to head all the way up the Oregon coast, you must at least visit Multnomah Falls. It’s a quick drive out of the city and you won’t regret it!