Who needs to jet set to a tropical island when Portland has plenty of excitement, like tram rides with a bird’s-eye view, berry patches and sandy beach trips within a stone’s throw of home? Read on to discover eight close-to-home adventures that’ll make your summer unforgettable.

5. Find Your Beach

Best place in Oregon to beat the heat? The coast! Some people are partial to Seaside, Lincoln City or Cannon Beach, but we are all about Pacific City, located between Tillamook and Lincoln City. You’ll enjoy all the normal beach fun that kids love, including wading, swimming, digging and running, but Pacific City has an extra bonus — the dunes are humongous. You feel like you’re flying as you race down, which is a much-deserved reward, as the hike up is pretty steep. There is no doubt that your kids will be exhausted after a day spent running up and down the dunes… so tired that we bet they’ll sit quietly as you enjoy a great burger and a pint at the nearby Pelican Pub restaurant.

photo: Doug Kerr via Creative Commons

What’s on your summer bucket list? Let us know in the Comments below!

— Marianne Walters

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