Portland is a captivating city, with all the scenes that make a place stand out as a must-see destination – unique art, sustainable and historic architecture, original food and restaurants, tasty craft beer, and quirk – lots of it.
So while it’s tempting to spend your entire PNW trip downtown, you’d be remiss if you didn’t make a quick trip to one of the nearby Portland waterfalls. One of the city’s best features is its proximity to some of the most stunning displays of natural beauty in America – like the Columbia River Gorge, which is home to the highest concentration of waterfalls in the country. But there are great falls just across the border in Washington, too.
You could easily spend a week exploring what’s known as the “Waterfall Corridor,” but if you’re limited on time and can only see the top-shelf collection, here are the best waterfalls near Portland to visit within about 30 minutes of downtown (pending traffic, of course).