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Portland, Oregon - Scenic Drives

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Scenic drives to consider in the Portland area are listed below. Click on any scenic byway or backway listed below for complete information.

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  • Paved
  • Two hours to drive or three to five days to enjoy this Byway.
  • 70 miles (112 km)

The Historic Columbia River Highway is considered one of the greatest engineering feats of the modern age. It was also the first highway deemed a National Historic Landmark. This world of natural beauty is peppered with hundred foot waterfalls overlooking the river valley below, and is home to many ...

  • Paved
  • Take 5 hours to drive this byway.
  • 286 miles (460 km)

The Journey Through Time Scenic Byway discovers in several hours what took the Earth millions of years to create. In addition to incredible change in geography, flora, and fauna, there are uncountable remnants and traces left from pioneers, Chinese laborers, and frontiersmen.The Journey Through Time...

  • Paved
  • 3 hours to drive or 8 hours to experience the Byway.
  • 105 miles (169 km)

Mt. Hood Scenic Byway makes its way around Mt. Hood, Oregon's tallest peak and largest glacier. Travel to the banks of the Columbia River Gorge through temperate rainforest, densely filled with life and luxurious views of the mountain.The Mt. Hood Scenic Byway begins in Troutdale, 16 miles east of P...

  • Allow 1 1/2 hours
  • 48 miles (77 km)

Follow the Nestucca River through a wooded canyon. The river has been designated an Oregon State Scenic Waterway. The canyon is lined with weathered cliffs made of seafloor sandstones and basalts. The walls are covered by lichens, worts, and mosses. The woods lining the canyon is a temperate rain fo...

  • 90 mins, minimum. All day is reccommended.
  • 55 miles (88 km)

Rest from busy I-5 on this 55-mile side-loop. Majestic mountains (such as Hood and Rainier) soar over lush green fields except in the forest areas; these areas are filled with Douglas Firs that sunlight can't quite part. Silver Falls State Park is intimate in spite of the thunder of its waterfalls.S...

  • Paved
  • Eight hours to enjoy this Byway.
  • 220 miles (354 km)

The West Cascades Scenic Byway is a scenic alternative route between Portland and Eugene. The byway travels through picturesque landscapes of timber, peaceful lakes, and misty valleys—a smart and gorgeous alternative to the major highways and interstates going the same way.The West Cascades Scenic B...

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