There are hikes for everyone in the Columbia Gorge - easy, long, hard, scenic. Depending on your experience and who is with you, think family, the Columbia Gorge is a must see for visitors. Living in Portland, I get to visit the Gorge throughout the year and enjoy the different levels of water flow based on how much it has been raining lately. The Gorge has a different feel every time I go there. The difference is very apparent when you go in full summer sunshine versus a misty dark day, and each one is beautiful in its own way.
If you're looking to see a lot of waterfalls in a short amount of time with very little work, you can start at the Vista House exit and make your way along the Columbia River Historic Highway.
Prom-esque pictures are welcome.
Next stop: Latourell Falls - an easy walk to the bottom of the falls. All fitness levels can make this rating this waterfall as one of the best you can get really close to.
There are a couple other stops you can make before you get to the famous Multnomah Falls - Shepherd's Dell, Wahkeena and Bridal Veil. You've probably seen a lot of pictures of Multnomah Falls, but I still find there are different ways it can be captured depending on the day. When we went it was very lush from recent rain and sun mixtures. It's a gorgeous rain forest. This is a good place to practice your photography skills.
Checking out the Columbia River Gorge falls is a great activity for the rainy or summer Portland days. It's a versatile activity that pleases everyone who sees them. It can be hard to find things to do for family members that come into town. Especially the ones that may not like to do many outdoor things. Some other Portland rainy days activities could be the Portland Art Museum, Powell's Books or a brewpub movie theater. Even rainy days in Portland are full of adventures.
Bitches gotta have adventures.