Central Oregon, considered by many to be a recreational paradise, is one of the state’s fastest growing regions and a great destination for day trips from Portland.
Its northern border is outlined by the mighty Columbia River, which Lewis and Clark once navigated on their way to the Pacific Ocean. Central Oregon, located only few hours away from Portland in the rain shadow of the Cascade mountains, has a wide variety of habitats including mountain high country, conifer forest lands, riparian areas, high desert, and alkali flats.
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Central Oregon day trips from Portland offer unforgettable experience even for demanding travelers.