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Bald Peak State Scenic Viewpoint- At Bald Peak State Park, you will experience a stunning view of the Willamette Valley and five snowcapped Cascade peaks on a clear day. It also offers opportunities for picnicking or a short hike.
Banks-Vernonia State Trail- This 21-mile abandoned railroad line has been converted into a recreation trail. The trail, west of Portland, leads from Banks to Vernonia.
Bonnie Lure State Recreation Area- Bonnie Lure State Park along Eagle Creek provides a refreshing getaway close to Portland. Bonnie Lure offers opportunities for walking, swimming, fishing, viewing wildlife, bird watching, and enjoying nature.
Champoeg State Heritage Area- Champoeg is located in the Willamette Valley, seven miles east of Newberg. Champoeg features a unique combination of history, nature and recreation.
Mary S. Young State Recreation Area- Mary S. Young State Recreation Area offers you a peaceful place to walk or sit by the Willamette River. It is located just south of Portland.
McLoughlin House National Historic Site- Dr. John McLoughlin, often called the "Father of Oregon," was prominent in the development of the Pacific Northwest as chief factor of Fort Vancouver. He lived in this house in Oregon City from 1847 to 1857.
Milo McIver State Park- Situated along the scenic Clackamas River, McIver State Park is only 45 minutes away from Portland. This beautiful park provides a variety of outstanding recreational opportunities.
Molalla River State Park- Imagine combining a scenic drive, hiking, picnicking, fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing and a ferry ride all in one location. You can do it all at Molalla River State Park near Canby, Oregon.
Tryon Creek State Natural Area- Located only minutes from downtown Portland is Oregon's only state park within a major metropolitan area. This 645-acre park provides opportunities for hiking, biking, picnicking and even horseback riding.

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The Coast Range and Clatsop State Forest from U.S. Highway 26
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The Coast Range and Clatsop State Forest from U.S. Highway 26
Description - Portland is a city of outstanding public art, dozens of urban parks and green spaces, a lively downtown, and a world-class transportation system. Downtown Portland boasts an amazing array of attractions, including an outstanding collection of cast iron and terra cotta architecture, the largest new-and-used bookstore in the world, a nationally acclaimed art museum, and a vibrant culinary community.

Attractions - Dedicated in 1948, Portland's 5,000-acre Forest Park is the largest forested municipal park in the United States. Just two minutes from Portland's downtown, the lush forest is home to trillium, more than 50 miles of interconnecting trails, 100 types of birds such as the Red Crossbill and Stellar Jay, and dozens of species of furry critters. Portland's waterfront development and park systems (Portland has 37,000 acres of parks) are the envy of cities around the nation. One of Portland's parks, Mt. Tabor, is the only extinct volcano within the limits of a United States city.

The Portland Metro Area has six State Park sites including the Banks-Vernonia State Trail, Willamette Stone State Heritage Site, Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Mary S. Young State Recreation Area, Bonnie Lure State Recreation Area and Milo McIver State Park. These park sites offer opportunities to experience a piece of nature within a short distance from the city. Situated along the scenic Clackamas River, McIver State Park is only 45 minutes away from Portland. This beautiful park provides a variety of outstanding recreational opportunities including the closest State Park campground to the city. Mary S. Young State Park offers a peaceful place to walk or sit by the Willamette River. This quiet, forested park is a favorite for urban birders. As you walk deeper into the forest on the numerous trails, it's easy to forget you're in a city.

Mount Hood can be seen rising in the distance outside the city. The 11,235 foot peak offers the only year-round skiing and snowboarding in the United States. Other attractions near the city include the Columbia River Gorge, the Mt. Hood National Forest and the Pacific coast.

Recreation - The Portland Metropolitan Area offers some of the best outdoor recreation opportunities of any large metropolitan area in the country. Biking, hiking, fishing, picnicking, viewing nature, bird-watching, fishing, camping, canoeing, rafting, kayaking, and horseback riding are a few of the popular activities available within or very near the city.

Climate - The area receives a high amount of precipitation. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April in the form of rain at the low elevations and as wet heavy snow in the higher elevations. Winter temperatures are normally cool at the lower elevations and cold at the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent and does not stay on the ground for long. Late spring, summer and early autumn bring the best chance for clear, sunny days and bring moderate temperatures.

Location - Portland is located in northwest Oregon, near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. Interstate 5 runs north-south through Portland and Interstate 84 leads into the city from the east.

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Travel Oregon, 670 Hawthorne St, Suite 240 , Salem, OR, 97301, Phone: 800-547-7842, Fax: 503-986-0001

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Oregon Travel Regions - Oregon is broken into nine travel regions to facilitate your search for an outdoor recreation site. These regions include: the North Coast, the Central Coast, the South Coast, the Portland Metro Area, the Columbia River Gorge/Mt. Hood Area, the Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon, Central Oregon and Eastern Oregon.

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