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Motorcycle Routes & Day Trips
from Portland (PDX), Oregon


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My husband and I love traveling in other countries by motorcycle. In 2009, we moved from Germany to the Portland, Oregon area (my husband is German, I'm from the USA), and since the USA has such a ridiculously-tiny vacation time culture, we decided to start treating our spare time here as a mission to map the best motorcycle day trips around PDX.

These suggested motorcycle routes are for people who live in the Portland or the surrounding area and want a nice day trip - scenic and winding roads. But these routes are also for motorcycle riders who are visiting the Portland area, or elsewhere in Oregon, as part of a long-distance trip. If you are traveling through Oregon, I think some of these are as interesting as the coast - with far less traffic and traffic lights. The Forest Grove - Vernonia - Bikenfeld - Jewell route is spectacular! Too many motorcycle travelers think the only way to go through Oregon is via the coast. The coast is nice, but to be honest, after about an hour, you've seen it, and the traffic and stop lights can take all the fun out of the ride. 

These routes are all scenic, have enough curves to be interesting, are mostly paved (if they aren't I note so in the description), and either pass through or end in places where there are food options and at least one gas station (or ends reasonably near such). These suggested routes will take you on many winding roads by historic sites, several villages and small towns, and some ferry crossings.

Mt. Hood and Detroit Lake are also nice day trips from Portland and very easy to map out yourself - though I prefer all of the above to those, probably because there's much less traffic, more twisting roads, and I just think all of the above is prettier.

A route I still haven't mapped is to various Oregon Covered bridges.

I also haven't mapped out a very decent, short route around the tiny town of St. Paul. Very easy route - few hills, gentle turns.

Of course, there's even more possibilities, if you include forest roads, but I'm still a novice when it comes to dirt and gravel. Also, if you do choose forest roads, remember that some trails require an OHV permit.

Your suggestions for additional routes would be welcomed by me!

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Also see:

Tips for Women: Getting Started as a Motorcycle Rider (just to ride, not necessarily to travel as well)

For Women Who Travel By Motorcycle (or want to)

Advice for Women Motorcycle Travelers: Transportation and Accommodations Choices

Advice for Women Motorcycle Travelers: Suggested Books and Web Sites

From Oregon to the "Lost Coast" of Northern California (Horizons Unlimited 2010 California meeting) - August 2010

Oh, Canada...Two-Week Canada/USA Tour by Motorcycles (Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alberta, Montana, Idaho) - September 2010

Oregon, Idaho, Yellowstone, & More - June 2011

Crater Lake, Oregon 2011 (photos only)

International trips by motorcycle
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Northern England & Scotland, France, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden

Trips riding my own motorcycle
California ("Lost Coast" and gold country), Idaho, Montana (Glacier NP), Nevada, Oregon, Washington (state), Wyoming (Yellowstone), Canada (Alberta and British Columbia, Jasper, Banff & Kootenay).

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