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Best things to do in Clackamas County

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Lodging
“If you've seen the movie "The Shining," you know what the exterior of this famous landmark located on the top of Mt. Hood looks like. The filmmakers used it for all of the exterior shots. This is the #1 tourist attraction in Oregon and totally worth the 65 mile, 90 minute drive to see. If you ski or snowboard, go in the winter and make a day of it.”
140 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Meadows has some of the best terrain that Mt. Hood has to offer. Just be aware that the weekends and holidays it gets busy. They have started some summer activities, so check their website for details.”
39 locals recommend
Bar
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“My local favorite that offers live music on the weekends. Great southern BBQ food in a casual surrounding. Don’t forget to order some frickles!”
46 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Ski Bowl is great night skiing in the winter, and has tons of summer time activities. ”
41 locals recommend
Cafe
“Great low key place to take in Oregon flora and fauna. Concerts are great. Fun place for kids.”
34 locals recommend
Grocery Store
“This place has everything you need - and then some. They have an excellent growler selection too! ”
31 locals recommend
Rest Area
“Just a 1-hour drive to beautiful hikes around lakes and mountain views, check out the hikes for Trillium Lake, Mirror Lake, or Tom, Dick & Harry Mountain. ”
42 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Serious food in a casual setting. Best place to enjoy artisan cuisine on the mountain.”
20 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Just a few miles away and another world of trees and trails awaits. Peaceful watershed so close to the city.”
69 locals recommend
Cafe
“Local eatery/tavern. Wraps, burger, fries, etc. Local brews, decent coffee. I am allergic to gluten so there is not much I can eat here except the corn tortillas, but they are pretty good and very cheap so I have been happy to come back a couple of times. Laid-back causal place, nice outside area with picnic tables, grass, cornholes, and horseshoe games.”
19 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“This place has everything: delicious restaurants, Regal Cinema, Barnes and Noble, great places to shop or just hang out.”
47 locals recommend
Park
“Excellent trail system about 8 miles from cabin down Barlow Trail Road. To access the main trailhead, you have to pedal about 3 miles up a paved logging road climbing approximately 2,000'. If you are a beginner or novice, there is a loop around the parking lot and an entry point to Lower Hide and Seek about 1.5 miles up the logging road. Laura's Loop about .5 mile up is nice for beginners, and at .75 TNT/Little Monkey has slopestyle jumps for those wanting to air it out. For more advanced riders there are few options at the top, including my favorite: Communication Breakdown (flow)-Quid Pro Flow (flow)-338(XC)-Two Turntables (fast and tight), Lower Hide and Seek (flow).”
16 locals recommend
Lake
“Beautiful lake with fabulous views of Mount Hood (on a clear day). Photo opportunities galore. Popular for fishing, picnicking, boating, swimming, hiking, nature watching. There is a 2 mile walk around the lake. When we were there, some of the boardwalks were closed for repair. However, it was possible to complete the walk by detouring through the forest, where a trail was evident from worn or notched logs. We saw a Bald Eagle circling overhead and a beaver lodge. There were lots of fishermen/women on the banks and in small self-propelled boats on the lake. We watched as two of them caught huge rainbow trout, about 2 feet long. ”
19 locals recommend
Lodging
“Historic and beautiful, the majestic sights from the top of Mt. Hood at Timberline Lodge is unforgettable any time of the year. Delicious food, good bar, and good entertainment after a day of skiing and hiking on the mountain!”
13 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Perfect place to order pizza for take-out. They make pretty large pizzas perfect for a large group of people and plenty of leftovers. ”
15 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Hip breakfast and lunch spot on the main corner of town. Friendly with great food. My favorite chai latte is there.”
21 locals recommend