Multnomah Falls; Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Where to fly: Portland International Airport
Perhaps one of the most captivating destinations
in the country, Multnomah Falls is 611 feet of cascading water, surrounded by lush forests and streams. And best of all, it’s located a scant 30 minutes outside of Portland’s city center—so you don’t have to trade urban comfort for a taste of nature. For a view of the falls similar to the one pictured above, you need only drive to the visitors center, park your car, and walk just a few feet to the base of the waterfall. For a closer look, take the paved trail to reach Benson Bridge, which spans the falls at the first tier’s base.
Pro tip: For a true taste of Portland, stay at the Ace Hotel in the center of downtown, within walking distance of the legendary Powell’s Books—and roughly 1.5 trillion coffee shops.