The Millard List of Favorite Things To Do in Oregon and Washington Back to Photos
Notes Rating: Where a rating of 5 is better than 1.     
Cost: A single $ means free, or a very minimal charge.
Drive times are listed in both minutes or hours.  All times are approximate non-rush hour times from our house in Tigard Oregon.
List is sorted by highest rating and closest in distance from our house.  Some of our favorites are highlighted in yellow.
We recommend that you stay overnight at the destination if the travel time is Greater than > 3 hours (Seattle, Mt. Rainier, Crater Lake, Painted Hills)
4 of our favorite vineyards are listed.  There are over 200 wineries in the Willamette Valley (about 30-40 minutes from our home)
Pinot Noir (red wine) is the main grape grown.  Each winery offers a 'tasting' where a 'wine flight' of 4-6 wines are served for $10-$15.
The second column contains active links that will take you to each destinations web site.  Find out more by Googling each destination on your own.
Oregon is very cloudy and wet from November through March.  Best time to visit is April - October.
Destination Click for Web Link Category Things To Do Cost Rating Drive Time Minutes Drive Time Hours Best Time of Year Direction
Portland Farmers Market Link Food Best Farmers Market.  Saturday early morning is best, food, music, fruits, vegies $ 5 24 0.4 Mar-Oct North
Portland Saturday Market Link Shopping Shopping, crafts, music, food - Every Saturday and Sunday $ 5 24 0.4 Mar-Oct North
Dahlia Festival (Swan Island)  Aug 26-28, Sep 2-4 Link Garden Acres of Dahlia flowers.  Amazing fields of color.  No charge event.  End of August. $ 5 29 0.5 End of Aug South
Columbia River Gorge Link Views - Drive Beautiful historic Columbia River Gorge road passes several waterfalls including Multnomah Falls. $ 5 40 0.7 May-Sep North
Archery Summit Winery Link Winery In the Willamette Valley, offers a great tour (with tasting) but expensive ($60 / person), great views.  Tasting on it's own is $20 for a flight.  Expensive but exceptional wine with amazing views. $$$ 5 40 0.7 Jun-Sep West
Sokol Blosser Winery Link Winery Willamette Valley, Great views, outside patios. $15 tasting fee. $$ 5 40 0.7 Jun-Sep West
Silver Falls State Park Link Hiking 7 mile hike with 10 waterfalls.  You can walk behind the largest waterfall which is a short hike from the parking lot.  Best waterfall is close to parking if you want to skip the hike. $$ 5 60 1.0 Apr-Oct South
Pacific Coast (Cannon Beach, Newport, Depoe Bay, Seal Rock) Link Beach Tide pools, whale watching (Depoe Bay), lighthouse, seafood $ 5 100 1.7 May-Sep West
Seattle - Chihuli Glass Museum Link Museum - Garden Glass museum, glass in garden.  Next to Seattle Space Needle.  Museum $22. $$$ 5 180 3.0 Apr-Sep North
Tulip Festival (Wooden Shoe)  Mar 24 - Apr 30 Link Garden Acres of Tulip fields.  Lots of activities for children.  $20 parking.  End of March & Apr. $$ 4 40 0.7 Apr South
Evergreen Air and Space Museum Link Museum Large museum in the middle of the Willamette Valley Wine region.  Planes, spacecraft and Howard Hughes HUGE Hercules wooden plane (Spruce Goose).  Separate water park at the same location. $$ 4 40 0.7 Anytime West
Domaine Drouhin Winery Link Winery Willamette Valley, Great views, Views of Mt Hood.  Wine tasting is $15 for a 5 wine flight. $$ 4 40 0.7 Jun-Sep West
Domain Serene Winery Link Winery Willamette Valley, Great views, Wooly Mammoth statue. Tasting fee $15. $$ 4 40 0.7 Jun-Sep West
Oregon Gardens Link Garden Nice arboretum and gardens.  Tram.  Children's garden.  Dogs are welcome. $$ 4 60 1.0 Apr-Oct South
Mount St. Helens Link Views Scenic drive.  Nice movie and presentation at visitor center. On the drive, stop at Patty's Place 19 mile house for peach cobbler. $$ 4 110 1.8 Apr-Oct North
Tacoma - LeMay Car Museum Link Museum Beautiful car museum next to Tacoma dome $$$ 4 160 2.7 Anytime North
Mount Rainier Link Views - Hiking Best national park.  Wildflowers (Aug) and Fall colors (Sept).  Great hikes.  Too far for a day trip. $ 4 160 2.7 Jun-Sep North
Painted Hills / John Day Fossil Beds Link Views - Hiking Spectacular views, Amazing star filled sky (Milky Way) $ 4 240 4.0 Mar-Nov East
Crater Lake Link Views Have not been there yet.  Too far for a day trip. $$ 4 290 4.8 Apr-Oct South
Powells Book Store Link Books Largest book store in the world.  Multiple floors. $ 3 24 0.4 Anytime North
Voodoo Doughnuts Link Food Near Saturday Market.  Unusual donuts.   Voodoo Doll, Bacon Maple, Grape Ape.  $$ 3 28 0.5 Anytime North
Portland Japanese Garden Link Garden Beautiful well tended gardens. $$ 3 31 0.5 Apr-Oct North
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden (April - May) Link Garden Rhododendron's love Portland weather.  Best in the spring. $$ 3 31 0.5 Apr-Jul North
Mount Hood Link Views Snow, hiking, views $ 3 90 1.5 Jun-Sep East
Hood River Link Views Full Sail Brewery $ 3 90 1.5 Jun-Aug East
Trillium Lake Link Views - Hiking Views of Mt Hood, reflection lake $ 3 90 1.5 May-Oct East
Three Sisters Mountains Link Views Have not been there yet. $ 3 130 2.2 May-Oct South
Sisters (city) Link Shopping Artsy community.  Lots of galleries. $ 3 150 2.5 Mar-Dec South
Seattle - Pikes Market Link Shopping Great experience.  Fish markets, flowers, lots of shops, music, crowds. $ 3 180 3.0 Anytime North
Pittock Mansion Link Architecture Historic mansion in the center of Portland near Washington Park.  Great vew of Portland.  Nice gardens in Spring and Summer. $ 2 30 0.5 Anytime North