What would you rather hear: the honking of cars or the honking of birds? We’re pretty sure you chose the latter, which is why any Portland trip should be followed by a few days extra in the Tualatin Valley. Nature lovers—much like the birds they watch—flock to our amazing wetlands, nature refuges and parks. The pristine scene welcomes the calming chirps, gurgles and whistles of autumn’s inhabitants.
If you’ve got a nature-loving kid, then the family friendly Newt Day is an amazing annual event at the Tualatin Hills Nature Center (November 7; noon to 4 p.m.). Naturalists will point out some of the park’s cutest amphibians, sharing information on their life cycles and habits in the forest.
For more information about these nature locations, as well as the skinny on other great wildlife watching spots, get your hands on our Nature Passport. The free guide will lead you to some of the Tualatin Valley’s best wildlife watching viewpoints.
Of course, you can’t sleep where the birds sleep. Instead, book a room at one of our charming lodging options in order to get a good night’s rest and be near the action. The Century Hotel overlooks the serene Lake of the Commons. The McMenamins Grand Lodge hosts an impressive garden and is an easy drive to some of the area’s most beautiful nature spots. The Orenco Hotel is homey, yet luxurious, with great MAX accessibility.