Where to Enjoy the Outdoors Around Portland, Oregon

Despite the notoriously rainy weather, Portlandians love to spend time outdoors. When they're not speeding through traffic and trekking across town on bicycles, Portland's citizens head just outside the city to enjoy white water rafting and other watersports, horseback riding, agri-tourism and ziplines. Check out the places that are so local to Portland, you can make a day trip out of your adventure.

White Water Rafting and Watersports
Rivers crisscross the city of Portland and can be found throughout the state of Oregon, so it's no surprise that river adventures are common. And there's also the entire Oregon Coast to discover. Close to Portland, you can find Hood River and its windsurfing schools, like Hood River WaterPlay, which offer lessons to newbies, novices, experts and hard wind-surfers.

30 miles outside Portland on the Clackamas River, you can find Blue Sky Rafting, which offers white water rafting excursions to the braver amongst us.

Right in the city, you can also find boat tours, boat rentals and boat jets to take you right under Portland's bridges through the center of the Willamette.

Horseback Riding
If you have a horse, you can take through Forest Park, which is close enough to Portland to be practically within the city limits. Without a horse, head to Dream Ridge Stables in Clackamas County.

Up on Mt. Hood, check out Mt. Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl, which offers guided horseback trail rides in the Mt. Hood National Forest during the summer.

Sauvie Island also has horseback riding for families at Sauvie Island Stables.

Sauvie Island has more to offer than just horseback riding, there are also pick-your-own fruit farms as well as a Corn Maze in the fall and summer concerts in the summer at Krueger's Farm.

You may know Bob's Red Mill from the baking aisle of your grocery store as the brand has a huge range of organic, natural, and gluten-free products. But you haven't seem Bob's Red Mill Whole Grain Store, Cafe and Visitors Center in nearby Milwaukie, where you can shop the entire line, get a tour of the mill where they grind grains and enjoy lunch in the café.

Tree to Tree Adventure Park in Hagg Lake has an obstacle course in the treetops, complete with zip lines, rope and tire swings, trapezes, ladders and tightropes. Then you can have other outdoor adventures on the lake, like boating and swimming.

Pumpkin Ridge Zip Tours offers similar aerial feats with reservation-only tours.

Although Portland has becoming a veritable metropolis for city-slickers, sometimes it's nice to have the occasion to wear flannel non-ironically, out in nature.

Carly Zinderman is a freelance writer from Los Angeles that currently spends her time exploring Portland. She has written for many websites on topics including travel, food and drink.