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Small Business Profile: The Outdoor Project

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

 

Photo credit: Chris Franklin

Oregon was built by pioneers, a spirit that is drawn to the unknown and compelled to journey. That spirit can be witnessed today in Portland’s thriving outdoors community. In May of 2013, Tyson Gillard set out to introduce a brand new way to locate your next adventure by launching The Outdoor Project. The Outdoor Project is a field guide for the modern day explorer. Using the technology of today, Tyson and his team have compiled detailed maps and media and contributor developed trip reports into a well curated easy-to-use website dedicated to helping individuals get outdoors.

In just two years, outdoorproject.com has assembled 2,554 adventures in the continental U.S. and Canada. Their unique approach as a community-supported resource has allowed them to grow at exponential rates. Partnering with sponsors such as Adidas Outdoors, Pro photo supply, Base Camp Brewing and U.S. Outdoor has not only increased their credibility but has also embedded them among some of the most influential resources in the outdoor industry.

The Outdoor Project is dedicated to stewardship of the land, preserving our natural wonders so that those who seek them may witness all of their glory. Raising awareness for community events, nonprofits and programs, Outdoorproject.org introduces its 247,000 monthly followers to an array of ways to participate in the preservation, education, and introduction programs available.    

Empowering the community to navigate, participate, and explore in their natural surroundings is vital to the preservation of these spaces. The outdoors gifts us in a myriad of ways, whether you are seeking a calming perspective or a thrilling adventure -- Portland is surrounded with possibilities. Visit outdoorproject.com and find that pioneering spirit inside of you. Also check out outdoorproject.org to find out how you can help preserve our most precious resource.     

Wanderer by nature, explorer by trade. Chris Franklin is attracted to the unique and overlooked. His ambition is to showcase what may lay off the beaten path. A love of small business and creative craft guide his path as he continues to discover Portland, Oregon. Follow his journey at LostNPortland.com.

 

Related Slideshow: Top 15 Day Trips Destinations Near Portland

Hop in the car this summer and take a mini vacation to beaches, waterfalls, swiming holes and more. 

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Woodburn Premium Outlets

If you consider yourself a shopaholic then the Woodburn Premium Outlet mall is the perfect place for you. At Woodburn you’ll be able to shop at stores such as Nike, North Face, Van Heusen, Converse and Forever 21 just to name a few. With sales constantly going on don’t be surprised if you end up spending more than you should.

Woodburn Premium Outlets are located at 1001 N. Arney Road in Woodburn, Oregon.

It takes approximately 37 minutes to get there from Portland. 

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Astoria, Oregon

If you’ve never been to Astoria plan a trip there as soon as you can. Astoria is a small town of around 10,000 people that can be found along the Columbia River. It’s also just a few miles away from the Pacific Ocean. What makes this city special is the fact that it’s one of the most scenic locations in all of Oregon.

Astoria is located 97 miles northwest of Portland.

It takes approximately 2 hours to get there from Portland.

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Tillamook, Oregon

Tillamook, located just west of Portland, is one of Oregon’s must-see cities. It’s also home to the famous Tillamook Cheese Factory. At the factory you can take a free tour and see how Tillamook makes their world-renowned cheese. If you’d rather spend you time outdoors you can easily find more than a dozen hiking trails that will take you through various parts of the city.

Tillamook is located 74 miles west of Portland.

It takes approximately an hour and a half to get there from Portland.

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Multnomah Falls

If you want to experience the beauty and power of a 611-foot waterfall then go no further than Multnomah Falls. According to Native American lore, Multnomah Falls was created in order to win the heart of a young princess who wanted a hidden place to bathe. Nowadays it remains the tallest and most visited waterfall in Oregon.

Multnomah Falls is located east of Troutdale, between Corbett and Dodson.

It takes approximately 40 minutes to get there from Portland.

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Sauvie Island

Sauvie Island is the largest island in the Columbia River. It’s also one of the most popular spots for people to spend their summer days. On one half of the island there’s rural farmland, and on the other half there is an abundance of wildlife. If you need to spend a day by the water make sure to check out this island.

Sauvie Island is located 17 miles northwest of Portland.

It takes approximately 20 minutes to get there from Portland.

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Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach will surely impress anyone who takes the time to come out and visit. This beach contains not only astounding rock formations, but also stunning viewpoints. These rock formations have even made it into several Hollywood films, including The Goonies. If you’re looking for a picturesque destination Cannon Beach is just for you.

Cannon Beach is located 80 northwest of Portland.

It takes approximately an hour and a half to get there from Portland.

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Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens is an active stratovolcano that attracts people from all over the world. In 1980 Mount St. Helens erupted, which resulted in the most economically destructive eruption to have hit the United States. Nowadays it’s considered a great hiking and climbing destination for guests to visit.

Mount St. Helens is located 50 miles northeast of Portland.

It takes approximately an hour and 45 minutes to get there from Portland. 

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Mount Hood

Once the weather cools down a bit Mt. Hood will be one of the best locations in the northwest to ski or snowboard. Mt. Hood is even a great spot to spend the day if all you want to do is play in the snow. Just make sure you bring plenty of jackets.

Mount Hood is located 50 miles southeast of Portland.

It takes approximately an hour and a half to get there from Portland.

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Silver Falls

Silver Falls is often called “the crown jewel” of the Oregon State Park System. Once you see it for yourself you’ll know why. Silver Falls is a 177-foot waterfall that adventurers can actually walk behind. Also, the hike to the falls is just as beautiful as the waterfall itself. If you would like to make a weekend out of it there are also sites for tents and RVs.

Silver Falls is located 70 miles south of Portland.

It takes approximately an hour and a half to get there from Portland.

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Rooster Rock

Rooster Rock is one of the more secluded areas for swimming in near Portland. This swimming hole is hidden behind various mountains and trees. But be warned that the eastern portion is a clothing-optional beach.

Rooster Rock is located 23 miles east of Portland.

It takes approximately half an hour to get there from Portland.

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Hood River

Hood River is a great little city of under 8,000 people. Although the city is tiny you’ll still find plenty of fun activities to do. You can sample local beers, go wine tasting, tour waterfalls or even spend the day in the water if you’d like.

Hood River is located 62 miles east of Portland.

It takes approximately just under an hour to get there from Portland.

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Oneonta Gorge

If you are looking for a swimming hole that will cool you off on a hot summer day, then make a trip out to Oneonta Falls. Hopefully you’re also feeling adventurous since there are plenty of trees that are perfect for climbing and jumping off of.

Oneonta Gorge is located 36 miles east of Portland.

It takes approximately 40 minutes to get there from Portland. 

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Pacific City

Pacific City is possibly the home of one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Oregon. It’s also one of the busiest that you'll find. What sets this beach apart from others is that there are massive dunes that you can climb (if you’re up for it). It'll be worth it once you get to the top because the view is incredible.

Pacific City is located 96 miles west of Portland.

It takes approximately 2 hours to get there from Portland.

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99W Drive-In Movie Theater

Have you ever heard your parents talk about drive-in movies and have no idea what they’re talking about? Well you now have an opportunity to experience one for yourself. In Newberg, Oregon there is a drive-in theater that shows double features. It is open on the weekends and costs around $5 to $12.

99W Drive-In Movie Theater is located on Hwy 99W, west of Springbrook Rd, in Newberg.

It takes approximately 45 minutes to get there from Portland.

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Nike World Headquarters

If you love athletics you have to check out the Nike World Headquarters. No matter when you visit there’s a good chance that you’ll see a professional athlete walking around. LeBron James, Richard Sherman and even Michael Jordan have been there in the past year. You can also sit down and enjoy a meal at a number of sports themed restaurants.

The Nike World Headquarters is located at 1 Bowerman Dr in Beaverton.

It takes approximately a half hour to get there from Portland.

 
 

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