Day Trip: The Columbia Gorge (Family Style)

From Portland, you can hop right on the 84 East and drive about 20 minutes out to where the Northwest begins to really show off. It is such an easy day trip and really never gets old, which is why this is one of our top places to head for a quick getaway.

1. First stop - Wahclella Falls: Grab your Ergo carrier and off you go! This hike is the perfect distance to get some good exercise in, see a pretty view and navigate easily with a little one.

2. Now that you've worked up an appetite, keep driving the 84 East and grab lunch at Full Sail Brewing. I know there are a bunch of great places to eat in Hood River, but I still love Full Sail and how kid friendly it is. They have a good patio for when it is warm, their food is great (tempeh burger all the way) and I throw all my gluten free sensitivities aside and order a Session beer. It is my absolute favorite.

3. Grab a treat and coffee at Pine Street Bakery.

4. Then, before heading back home, make sure to do a quick stop at the Hood River Lavender Farms. It is SO worth a visit, even if it is a quick one.

What are your favorite day trips in the Northwest? I need to find some great new spots!

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