Hey, Corey Rust with Envi Adventures here.
Springtime is one of the best times of year to visit Portland; you will be able to enjoy mild weather, beautiful sights of spring, and plenty of outdoor based attractions that are sure to get you in the mood to celebrate the end of a long winter. If you want to know the best things to do in Portland during the spring—including Portland tours and more—consider the following ideas for your next spring visit.
Visit public gardens
Portland is home to some of the most beautiful public gardens and flower showcases in the country. Every spring, multiple flower festivals—including the Rose Festival—are held in Portland, celebrating the end of winter and the return of spring blossoms. If festivals aren’t your scene, you can still visit one of Portland’s many public gardens, where you can view an array of colorful flowers that are sure to delight the senses. Children will especially love visiting Portland’s flower gardens.
Book a whale watching tour
Spring is a great time to book a whale watching tour in Oregon since many whale pods start making their way along the Oregon coast towards Alaska. Whale watching is the perfect way to view whales in their natural habitat and is a great choice whether you’re traveling alone, with a significant other, or with friends and family. There are many whale watching tours available, so you will have a range of options—and prices—to choose from. Go check out The Whale’s Tail in Depot Bay, Oregon for tours.
Go on a private helicopter ride
If you’re ready to see Portland in a completely new way, then you need to book private air tours that will take you up and above Portland to see the sights from the sky (we can help with this!). Helicopter rides over Portland are the perfect way to see the area from a brand new perspective. Different tours may focus on different aspects of the region, so be sure to choose one that focuses on your interests—whether you’re interested in the city skyline from up above or you want to check out stunning scenic views such as Columbia River Gorge. We may be a bit biased, but they are among the best Portland tours.
Explore a nature park
If you love nature, then springtime is the best time to visit Portland’s beautiful natural parks. There are plenty of options available, including the aforementioned Columbia River Gorge, which is a popular destination for hiking. The Gorge is home to everything from beautiful trees to waterfalls and everything in between, so if you’re planning on checking out only one natural park during your visit, make it the Gorge!
If you plan on visiting Portland in the spring, note that it can get rainy! Rain during the spring typically starts in the morning and tapers off, leaving afternoons and evenings with blue skies and sunshine. Make sure you pack a light rain jacket and an umbrella if you plan on being outside, and make sure that you pack appropriate gear if you plan to be hiking or otherwise outdoors for an extended period of time.