Kids and adults alike will be wowed by the breathtaking beauty of Oregon’s number one natural visitor attraction, Multnomah Falls. Situated in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, at a towering 620-feet, Multnomah Falls is the second tallest, year-round waterfall in the United States. Visitors may either hike the 1.2 mile trail to the top of the falls, or walk a short distance to Benson Bridge for an idyllic photo-op with the forceful falls cascading from Larch Mountain in the background.

Go: The Falls can be experienced from sunrise to sunset year round, but may be enjoyed more during spring and summer due to warmer weather.

Approximate travel time: 30 minutes east of Portland

Possible lunch spots: Either pack a lunch or snacks to enjoy at outdoor tables after your hike, or eat at nearby Tad’s Chicken ‘n Dumplins where the sophisticated kids’ menu includes halibut and sirloin steak. Ask for a table with a view of the Sandy River.

How to dress: Weather appropriate, comfortable clothing and athletic or hiking shoes.

Need to know: Babies and young toddlers may enjoy the scene more safely and comfortably by being toted in a baby carrier.

Bonus: Very cold temperatures can freeze Multnomah Falls into an amazing icicle that is a sight to behold.

Cost of trip: Free

Online: Multnomah Falls

—Beth Shea