Portland, Oregon, is famous for its beauty and laidback lifestyle. The landscape lends itself perfectly to outdoor activities that create lasting family memories. If you’ve got a little time to spend in Portland, here are some of the local sights and attractions that make it a popular family destination year-round.
For some serious outdoor adventure, take a daytrip to Mount Hood, the imposing dormant volcano overlooking the city. In the winter months Mount Hood is a favorite destination for both locals and tourists thanks to its great skiing conditions; there are six different ski areas to choose from. In warmer months it is ideal for a daytrip of hiking or overnight camping. During your mountain excursion, be sure to make some time to visit one of the many breathtaking waterfalls, like Multnomah Falls. On your way, be sure to stop and take in the spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge.
This gorgeous garden is home to more than 8,000 roses and is the perfect activity for the green thumbs in the family. It doesn’t take long to explore the beautifully designed grounds and entrance is free. The best time to visit this attraction is during the spring and summertime when the roses are in full bloom, but its beautiful landscaping and serene setting is enjoyable all year long.
Located near the International Rose Test Garden, this beautiful park is a forest within a city. While hiking through its miles of giant Douglas fir trees and overgrown foliage, let the fresh air and serenity replenish your body and spirit. As the soothing scent of the cedar trees enlivens your senses it will be difficult to remember there is a city anywhere nearby.
If you happen to be in town for the weekend, the Saturday Market is a must for everyone. Hundreds of vendors gather downtown to offer wares. Open on Sundays as well, the Saturday Market is in full swing March–December and is free to visit. From crafts and artwork to international cuisine, the market is not only fun to wander and explore but also sure to have something to catch everyone’s eye. Grab some Lebanese food while the kids get their faces painted or pick up some duct tape wallets and upcycled jewelry for gifts. The Kids Korner offers a free special event designed for young market visitors once a month. The program changes monthly, so check out the website prior to your visit for dates and activities.
The PAM is a great place to spend a day when the rains of the Pacific Northwest are determined to keep you indoors. Kids will love the special exhibit “Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA,” the animation studios behind stop-motion masterpieces such as Coraline and The Boxtrolls. Visitors can see sets, props, puppets and costumes as well as learn about the film-making process.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Northeast Florida is a popular family travel spot for many reasons. From its exciting animal attractions to vibrant gardens to food offerings to seasonal events, the zoo continues to dazzle both locals and visitors alike.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Bring your brood abroad this year for spring break. Consider a visit to one of these destinations, perfect for a family-friendly getaway.
The western Canadian province of British Columbia is known for its skiing and winter sports, with Whistler Blackcomb often named one of North America’s top ski destinations. But British Columbia has more places to ski and play in the snow, family-friendly resorts with budget-friendly prices, and up to 400 inches of powder snow. An exchange rate of 75 cents to the dollar is an added incentive for American family travelers to travel north for a vacation.
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Make this Easter the best yet and take your family to Camelback Resort. With the holiday quickly approaching, Camelback gears up for a weekend filled with family fun and Easter festivities — perfect for family travelers.