Travel & Outdoors


What to Do in Oregon in July

Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, a dory celebration in Pacific City, orchestral music on the coast, and more

06/30/2023 By Michelle Harris, Margaret Seiler, and Sam Stites

Fourth of July

Where to Catch Big Fireworks Displays around Portland and Beyond This Fourth of July

Find the rockets' red glare at Portland’s Waterfront Park, Oaks Amusement Park, coastal towns like Astoria and Seaside, and more.

06/29/2023 By Portland Monthly Staff

Alpine Adventures

Don't Miss Two Cascades Trips, Opening This Week

Now's the time for excursions into two mountain regions that aren't accessible during snowy months or wildfire season. McKenzie Pass and Crater Lake boat tours just opened this week.

06/29/2023 By Sam Stites


A Secluded Sand Spot: 24 Hours in Gearhart, Oregon

Gearhart’s nearly empty beach is the star of the show in the Oregon Coast town of less than 2,000 residents.

06/27/2023 By Dalila Brent


Can't Find a Pool? 6 Portland Outdoor Hotel Pools for Summer Splashing

Book a room with cable and AC and lounge by the pool at University Place downtown, the Holiday Inn at Jantzen Beach, the Monarch in Clackamas, and more.

06/22/2023 By Margaret Seiler

Pool Party

Renting a Private Pool in Portland Has Never Been Swimpler

Swimply has turned Portland into a hotbed for backyard pool and hot tub rentals, from saltwater pools on hilltop hobby farms to backyard hangs.

06/22/2023 By Sam Stites

Get Out

The 2023 Swim Hole Challenge: Which Is Your New Favorite?

We searched far and wide around Portland for the best swimming holes to delight water lovers like you, from families to adventurers to birthday-suit enthusiasts. We challenge you to visit three new ones this summer.

06/20/2023 By Benjamin Tepler, Rachel Ritchie, Margaret Seiler, Caleb Diehl, Kasey Cordell, and Sam Stites

Oregon Coast

You Want to See the 2023 Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest Winners

Beachgoers were treated to gravity-defying sand art at the annual event on the Oregon Coast, where some teams built for five hours.

06/16/2023 By Sam Stites

Buzz Off

Why Are Mosquitoes Swarming Portland? For Starters, the County Didn’t Spray.

Mosquito populations are up fivefold this summer—and Multnomah County is giving out free mosquito fish to help limit the spread of the biting insects.

06/14/2023 By Katherine Chew Hamilton


Unusual Cougar Sightings Add Nerves to Summer Hikes

Oregon wildlife officials issue a warning, reminding us that Oregon is cougar and bear country.

06/14/2023 By Sam Stites


Don't Miss These Summer (and Fall and Winter) Annual Oregon Coast Events

Celebrate your inner Viking in Astoria, fly kites in Lincoln City, count puffins in Cannon Beach, and check out chalk art in Seaside!

06/14/2023 By Margaret Seiler


Black Cowboys in Portland? Yep, the Juneteenth Rodeo Is Here

Mark your calendar for June 17, when the Portland Expo Center hosts the 8 Seconds Juneteenth Rodeo, where Black cowboys will compete for $60,000 in prize money.

06/12/2023 By Dalila Brent Photography by Ivan McClellan


It's Time For You to Meet the Magical Lower Deschutes River

From its beginnings high up near Mount Bachelor to where it flows into the Columbia River, Central Oregon's Deschutes River is a special place.

06/08/2023 By Sam Stites and Chad Brown


Your Best Ever White Water Trip on the Lower Deschutes

Rafting on the Lower Deschutes River is an Oregon rite of passage, just 2 hours from Portland. A former rafting guide tells us the outfitters, guides, and rapids to know.

06/08/2023 By Sam Stites


The Deschutes River Became My Therapist and Healer

A navy veteran fighting PTSD reflects on the Central Oregon gem, where he found healing, hope, joy, and fly-fishing.

06/08/2023 By Chad Brown


Going Luxe on Lodging Along the Lower Deschutes

Staying on the Deschutes River doesn’t have to be a grimy and bug-filled experience, thanks to luxurious and charming spots like these.

06/08/2023 By Sam Stites


New York Experiences Wildfire Smoke, Can’t Handle It

Portlanders are puzzled by East Coasters' response to poor air quality, which is their annual reality.

06/07/2023 By Sam Stites


$200,000 Grants Pave the Way for Accessibility at Oregon Coast

Cannon Beach, Lincoln City, Manzanita, Seaside, and others are joining the push to improve beach access for those with disabilities.

06/07/2023 By Molly Allen


What to Do in Oregon in June

Goonies Day hits Astoria, a Bach festival kicks off in Eugene, wine country shows some Pride, and more!

06/02/2023 By Portland Monthly Staff


Portland Is a Beach Town. It's True.

Poet’s, Audrey McCall, Sellwood, Cathedral, Tom McCall Bowl, or Duckworth Dock—which Willamette River swim spot is best for you and your crew?

06/02/2023 By Margaret Seiler, Michelle Harris, and Matthew Trueherz