Oregon is set for another hot summer this year, which is rarely complained about by locals. Though your heart may be yearning for heat, your body may not be ready to endure high temperatures. Here are some of the best ways to stay cool this summer while living in Portland.
Since Oregon is full of an endless amount of natural wonders and splendorous sights, it is unsurprising that summertime offers a list of magical swimming holes to visit in addition to lakes and rivers. In Oregon, swimming holes vary from local creeks to pools at the bottom of waterfalls. The adventure is yours to choose, but the journey is the same- beautiful nature, cool water, and a memorable summer.
Oneonta Gorge is one of the most popular swimming holes in Portland and tends to be quite full of tourists during the summer. Thankfully, there are locations just outside of Portland. Siouxon Creek offers multiple emerald pools with visibility that will dazzle the eyes. Take a float down portions of the Sandy River in Oxbow Regional Park. For a daring adventure, hike through the Cascade peaks toward Serene Lake, which boasts a 25-foot-deep swimming hole.
Not everyone in Portland has a backyard sizable enough for for any kind of pool nor do they have the transportation opportunities to seek swimming in other areas. Thankfully, Portland has a selection of community pools with opening swimming hours.
Even in summer, the waters of the Oregon coast can be chilly, if not slightly below arctic. Needless to say, if it is an escape from that rare Oregonian heat you are seeking, the jaw-dropping Oregon coast can provide refuge. Take a road trip to visit lighthouses, breathtaking sites like the Devil’s Punchbowl, hike through the woods high above the sea, and drive right on the sand. You might forget your mission of taking a cool dip after all of your adventuring.
Your body was made to sweat. Your body was also made to run on water. During the summer heat when it feels like sweating requires no harder work than batting your eyelashes, hydration is especially important. Keep cool by keeping your body regularly hydrated.
All things foodie thrive in Portland, making ice cream an artisanal treat in the city. Salt & Straw is arguably one of the most popular spots for ice cream in the city with multiple locations. For another funky twist on ice cream flavors, look to Fifty Licks.
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