4 Best family-friendly summer destinations in Oregon

4 Best family-friendly summer destinations in Oregon

Summer is ripe for exploring Oregon with your family! From outdoor adventures to farm-fresh restaurants and beautiful, sun-soaked scenery, you'll love visiting our home state.

Here are four places for an amazing family vacation in Oregon this summer:


Portland, Oregon

Our article, Top Things to Do in Portland in the Summer, covers things like urban hiking, tasty ice cream, festival and events, and local food carts. There is plenty to enjoy in Oregon's largest city, and summer is the best time to do it!


The Oregon Coast

On the Oregon Coast, families can enjoy fishing, crabbing, surfing, hiking, birding, camping, and art galleries. Visit a light house,, take the kids to the Aquarium, and enjoy a clam chowder at the coast's most classic eatery: Mo's. 

There are plenty of great Oregon Coast destinations like Neskowin or the namesake of one of our laptop bags: Newport!


Central Oregon

Resorts like Black Butte and Sunriver are popular family destinations in Oregon’s high desert. There are miles and miles of on-site walking and biking paths, golf, pools, parks, river rafting, as well as event facilities and dining. Take a couple day trips for ice-cream and shopping in Bend, Sisters, or Redmond.


The Columbia Gorge

East from Portland along the Columbia River are dozens of awe-inspiring waterfalls, lining the Historic Columbia River Highway. Hike to hidden falls, walk along a riverfront, or cycle the roads around The Dalles. Try some adventurous water sports, like windsurfing in Hood River. Then drive up toward Mount Hood to sample produce from farms along the "Fruit Loop."


For more family travel ideas outside of Oregon, see: 9 Hidden U.S. Travel Destinations for 2019




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  • Michelle Chang