About an hour and forty-five minutes from Portland takes you to the gorgeous Deschutes River area and the town of Maupin. This is a great place to get away from the city to see a different side of Oregon- a more arid, desert-like landscape. Between the tan cliffs runs the Deschutes River which adds to the rich beauty of this scenic drive. There are lots of great places to pull off and enjoy views of the rapids the river is famous for. Between the breathtaking views and grabbing lunch in Maupin, this is the perfect day trip if you live in or visit Portland. Just take 26 and then take the 216 East.
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