Summer Guide: Incredible views in the Portland area

View from Pittock Mansion (Photo by Mike Warner)

Whether you prefer mountainous landscapes or city skylines, sunrises or sunsets, nature or concrete, the Portland area has it all when it comes to spectacular views.

One of our favorite things about the region is accessibility—the convenience of beauty, one might say.

Short drives, bike rides and public transit trips can quickly transport us to places some people only dream of seeing.

From our city skyline to Mount Hood's staggering magnificence, Northwest Oregon really has it all.

Here are 10 incredible views you should check out this summer! (If you haven't already).

Rocky Butte

Rocky Butte offers visitors several incredible views of the city, airport and Columbia River. Bring a blanket or towel, relax on the grass, and soak it all in! Located at: Rocky Butte Park, 3102 NE Rocky Butte Rd, Portland, OR 97220.


OHSU Tram Station

The upper OHSU tram station offers beautiful views of Portland's South Waterfront. Photographer Mike Warner says it's a great place to catch incredible sunrises. Located at: Marquam Hill Upper Tram Terminal, Portland, OR 97201


Broughton Beach

Across from the Portland International Airport, Broughton Beach provides stunning views of Mount Hood. The beach is located along the Columbia River. It's a great place to throw on a swimsuit and relax on a hot day as well. Address: Broughton Beach, Portland, OR 97218.


Eastbank Esplanade

The Eastbank Esplanade is arguably the best spot to view Portland's skyline. On the east side of the Willamette River, stop on the walk and bike path just past the Hawthorne Bridge to get the view pictured below. Located at: SE Water Avenue & SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland, OR 97232.


Marine Park

Marine Park in Vancouver, Washington boasts magical views of Mount Hood above the Columbia River. Visit the park at sunrise on a clear day to get a view like this one! Located at: SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA 98661.


Council Crest Park

This city park in southwest Portland gives visitors a nearly 360 view of the metro area, from downtown to the Tualatin Valley. At an elevation of more than 1,000 feet, many visitors drive up to the park; however, there is a hiking trail if you're up for an adventure! Located at: 1120 SW Council Crest Dr, Portland, OR 97239.


Jonsrud Viewpoint

The Jonsrud Viewpoint is located in the city of Sandy, east of Portland. The viewpoint offers telescopes and expansive views of Mount Hood and the Sandy River Valley. Located at: Jonsrud View Point, 15652 Bluff Rd, Sandy, OR 97055.


Crown Point

Vista House at Crown Point is a magnificent place to get expansive views of the Columbia River Gorge without going for a hike. The viewpoint was closed for several months after the Eagle Creek Fire, but has since reopened. It's about a 30 minute drive from Portland. Address: Vista House, 40700 Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019.


Sunrise Park

Sunrise Park... need we say more? Located in Troutdale, this is a wonderful spot for early birds to take in the beautiful colors of a Pacific Northwest sunrise. Address: Sunrise City Park, Troutdale, OR 97060.


Willamette Falls Viewpoint

While the actual waterfalls at Willamette Falls in Oregon City are striking, so is the view of Mount Hood! Arrive early for a colorful view like the one below. Address: Willamette Falls, West Linn, OR 97045


Pittock Mansion

Ah, Pittock Mansion. It's one of the most well-known spots to visit for sweeping views of the Rose City. Pittock Mansion is just a short drive up West Burnside Street from downtown. Address: Pittock Mansion, 3229 NW Pittock Dr, Portland, OR 97210.




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