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Planning a Trip from Salt Lake City to Portland Oregon?

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

I am planning a road trip with my kids and wife to Oregon, Portland. I would like to hear a few suggestions on what we can do in Idaho, where should we go; anything fun to do. The shortest way is through Boise. We will need to make one or two night stops from Salt Lake to Portland. I don’t want to drive the distance in one day with the kids. I want to make it an amazing experience but have no idea where to stop by what is in Idaho fun to do. I would be happy if you anyone can give me suggestions on what to do and where to drive. I am planning to go in May or June. Also it will be my first time in Portland as well. I want to visit natural beauty places. I am a photographer and will enjoy some gorgeous natural landscape. I am thinking something like the Japanese Gardens, etc.Please let me know if you know where to go and what to do. Thanks

Not much to do on 84 from SLC to Twin Falls. Twin Falls as suggested above is awesome though. I’d high suggest staying there over Boise.

As a fellow photographer, I’d highly suggest taking a side trip out to Sumpter Oregon, then head west through Eastern and Central Oregon. You can visit a ton of Ghost Towns such (in order, east to west from Sumpter,) Whitney, Bates, Mitchell, then head north from Mitchell to the Painted Hills in the John Day Fossil Beds. Go through Fossil, then Shaniko (another Ghost Town,) and end up in The Dalles Oregon. From there head west to Portland, but be sure to take the Historic Columbia River Highway instead of I-84. And stop at several of the falls, especially Multnomah Falls. That’s a good place to take the kids hiking to the top to run out some energy.

You’re going to add about 150 miles to your trip this way, but the photo opportunities and beauty are well worth the trip.

A list of all Oregon Ghost towns (with pictures of some) is here:

Painted Hills:

Once in Portland, check out the Rose Gardens, Japanese Gardens, and Chinese Gardens.