Navigating the PNW: Winter Road Trips

January 12th, 2021 by

It’s finally 2021, but the world is still feeling many of the lasting effects of the infamous 2020 year. I know we are all itching to find some sort of escape during these strange times, and a local road trip might just do the trick. The Pacific Northwest is heavily sprinkled with hidden gems from Washington to Northern California, with vast mountains, waterfalls, and hot springs just waiting to be discovered. Just a short distance from the Portland Metropolitan area, a day trip away could be just what you need to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.


With COVID-19 still present in our everyday lives, it is imperative to be cautious and take proper safety measures to ensure the safety of yourself and others. Please adhere and respect CDC guidelines and state mandates in areas that you will be traveling to.


Thrillist, an online entertainment media source, has compiled a trip-worthy list of local favorites and well-kept secrets. Take some time to enjoy the beauty of winter while adventuring safely this cold season. Whether it be with your quarantine bubble, or a solo trip, we hope that you get to enjoy a break from the daily routine. Check out Thrillist’s full article here for a detailed list of each place and distance from Portland.

Timberline Lodge, Oregon

Bend, OR


Leavenworth, WA

A village of lights: Leavenworth, Washington during the Holidays

Crater Lake, OR

1000 × 666

Wallowa Mountains, Northeastern OR
Ice Lake spreads out below in the Eagle Cap Wilderness from a trail that climbs to the Matterhorn, the second-tallest peak in the Wallowa Mountains.

Belknap Hot Springs, OR











Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, OR

Columbia River Gorge Waterfall Ice Climbing

Mt. Rainier National Park, WA

Footprints wander through a snow-covered meadow.

Fivemile Butte Lookout, Mt. Hood OR

 Warner Mountain Lookout.


Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory
Bend, OR
Leavenworth, WA
Crater Lake
Wallowa Mountains
Belknap Hot Springs
Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort 
Columbia River Gorge Ice Climbing
Mt. Rainer
Five Mile Butte Lookout

COVID-19 Information from the National Park Service:

Posted in News-Blog, Travel