The 5 Best Hikes in Portland

If you’re in Portland and you love the outdoors, then you’ve come to the right place. With gorgeous state parks and dazzling mountainous views, Portland has a huge variety of trails, paths and day trips that will take your breath away. Get some fresh air and explore endless natural beauty with the best hiking trails in the Portland area.

# 5. Forest Park – (http://www.forestparkconservancy.org/)

owlWith over 5,000 acres of forests and lush greenery, Forest Park offers plenty of outdoor adventure for the whole family. You can find miles of hiking trails that lead you through a vast range of stunning landscapes. The park also features Discovery Hikes led by local experts that help you get the most out of your trip. Plus, they have annual Herb Walks where students explore the power of natural medicine with local herbs.

# 4. Marquam Nature Park – (http://www.fmnp.org/)

marcumAs the third largest natural park in Portland, Marquam offers over 193 acres with miles of mild to rigorous hiking trails. Located just south of downtown, it’s the perfect excuse to get out of the city. The park prides itself on its commitment to maintaining and preserving natural wildlife. Follow the right trail and you’ll see all kinds of animals in their natural habitat.

 


# 3. Taulatin Hills –
 (http://www.thprd.org/)

tualatin hillsWith both recreational facilities and sprawling outdoor trails, Taulatin Hills has something for everyone. In particular, Rock Creek Trail is a sight to see with 3.5 miles that lead you through a series of woods, meadows, and wetlands. The cemented trail is great for biking, running and wildlife viewing. When you’re done, you can stop by Taulatin Hill’s many public pools and nature centers.

# 2. Wapato Greenway Loop –  http://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Wapato_Greenway_Loop_Hike)

wapatoWith a modest distance of just over 2 miles, Wapato is great for a half-day trip or an outdoor picnic. You’ll pass by open fields, marshes, swamps, and thick forests. Visitors frequently catch glimpses of local birds, beavers on the river, and stunning native plants such as the illustrious red elderberry. Easy on the legs and spectacular to the eyes, Wapato stands out as one of Portland’s true natural wonders. Bring a lunch and you’ll want to stay all day.

# 1. Powell Butte Nature Park – (http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/finder/index.cfm?action=ViewPark&PropertyID=528)

powell600 acres of natural wonder are waiting! Powell Butte Nature Park is one of Portland’s most prized outdoor possessions. Endless trials and awe-inspiring vistas give you plenty to see. Powell Butte is actually an extinct volcano that towers over the park’s expansive forests and meadowlands. Bring your camera because hikers tend to see plenty of wildlife. Make Powell Butte a priority on your Portland to-do list. It’s worth the trip.

 

Where to Go on Your Luxury San Diego Getaway

If you’re looking for an opulent beachfront getaway or an upscale downtown adventure, the jewel of Southern California awaits. Boasting an incredible selection of first-rate accommodations, world class restaurants, gorgeous sun-soaked shores and some of the best year-round weather in the country, San Diego is the perfect destination for your five-star vacation. Here are a few of our top recommendations for a luxury stay in America’s Finest City:

STAY
The U.S. GrantUS Grant Hotel San Diego

For metropolitan Luxury and downtown convenience, you can’t beat the U.S. Grant Hotel. Surrounded by the fabulous shopping, dining and nightlife of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy and beautiful Seaport Village, the U.S. Grant gives you premium access to the very best of San Diego. Featuring breathtaking suites, gourmet dining and a multi-million dollar fine art collection, this historic downtown destination features style and sophistication everywhere you look.

The Grand Del Mar

This sprawling Del Mar resort features tasteful suites and private villas, two award winning restaurants and San Diego’s only five-star spa. Whether you’re playing a round at The Grand’s private golf club, riding horses through the scenic California countryside, or indulging in a lavish massage and relaxation package, the Grand Del Mar is the perfect luxury retreat.
EAT
dinner at SearsuckerSearsucker

This casual yet elegant downtown restaurant, helmed by celebrity chef Brian Malarkey and located in the vibrant heart of San Diego’s trendy Gaslamp Quarter, serves up unique California cuisine that’s as refined as it is exciting. Serving fresh locally caught seafood and innovative mixology cocktails, Searsucker is the perfect spot to grab a bite before hitting the downtown nightlife scene.

Bertrand at Mister A’s

This place is a San Diego fine dining institution, and it’s easy to see why. Perched on the twelve floor of a Banker’s Hill high-rise, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the city and harbor as you indulge in Chef de Cuisine Stephane Voitzwinkler’s delicate and sophisticated take on French and German fare. Bertrand at Mister A’s is also great for an upscale brunch, but reservations can be tough to come by any time, so get yours in early.

George’s at The Cove

Feel like getting out of the city for a seaside bite? Head up to George’s in La Jolla for some elegant California Modern cuisine. A gorgeous upstairs ocean terrace invites you to dine on fresh seafood and crisp, one-of-a-kind cocktails as you listen to the waves break on the rocks below.

PLAY
Shopping

From casual bohemian fashion to elegant handmade jewelry, San Diego is home to some seriously fabulous shopping destinations. While you’ll find excellent spots just walking through downtown, other great walkable shopping streets in the area include Camino Del Mar, Girard Ave in La Jolla, and South Cedros Ave in Solana Beach, all of which feature cute, crafty shops, fashionable boutiques and charming little cafes and lunch spots.

Beaches

San Diego is a beach lover’s paradise. From sipping margaritas at your seaside resort, to snorkeling in La Jolla cove, there’s no better way to relax and fall into the California lifestyle than a nice long day in the powdery white sands of the sparkling San Diego shoreline. Recommended beaches include Windansea beach in La Jolla, and Torrey Pines Beach in Del Mar which features dramatic cliffs and peaceful vistas.

NightlifeSan Diego Nightlife

San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter is the place to go for nightlife. This highly walkable district features upscale cocktail lounges, exclusive clubs and some of the city’s best concert venues. We recommend drinks at Vin De Syrah, a totally unique underground wine bar; dancing at FLUXX, which features a sophisticated atmosphere, non-stop dancefloor and world-renowned DJs; followed by a nightcap at Altitude Sky Lounge, a swanky rooftop club & lounge featuring outdoor fire pits and sweeping skyline views.

San Diego has so much to offer in the luxury vacation department, you really can’t go wrong no matter what you do, but try a few of the hotspots on this list and we promise you won’t be disappointed.

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