What are the Best Places to Visit in Oregon?
Oregon is home to some of the most beautiful beach towns on the West Coast, diverse and breathtaking landscapes that range from high deserts to snow-capped peaks to stately old growth forests, and endless outdoor recreational opportunities. Add to that a world-class coffee, craft beer, and dining scene, and you will see why there is something for everyone in the Beaver State.
We can’t list everything there is to do and see, but here are a few places to visit in this unique and stunning state:
Crater Lake National Park, Southwest Oregon
Home to the deepest lake in the United States, Crater Lake National Park is located in the heart of the stunning Cascade Mountain Range. Created as a result of an ancient volcano that erupted thousands of years ago, the landscape is as magnificent and unique as it gets. It’s no wonder why this beauty is one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon.
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
The Columbia River Gorge is a deep canyon that was carved out by the Columbia River thousands of years ago. The area boasts over 90 waterfalls, so make sure to plan a hike to Multnomah Falls, which is 620 feet tall!
Feeling famished and parched after chasing waterfalls? The area is also a major producer of wine. Enjoy a glass of Pinot Noir or Chardonnay paired with organic and locally sourced products from a wide array of lovely restaurants in the area.
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Cannon Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and home to the iconic 235-foot Haystack Rock. A stroll on the beach as the sun sets again this basalt sea stack is unforgettable moment. Keep an eye out for the protected colony of Tufted Puffins that call this habitat home.
Smith Rock State Park, Terrebonne
An international climbing destination, widely considered the birthplace of modern American sport climbing, Smith Rock boasts over 1,500 established routes for all climbing levels. Home to deep canyons, towering rock formations, stunning vistas, and miles of trails, this is a popular destination for nature lovers.
Situated on the banks of the Columbia River, this is a popular spot for windsurfing and kiteboarding. There are also great cafés, restaurants, and shops – making Hood River a great pit stop to stretch your legs and grab a bite. Close to Hood River is the historic Columbia River Highway, also known as the “King of Roads.” This American marvel is a 70-mile scenic byway that wraps around magnificent waterfalls, highlights architectural gems, and passes by breathtaking vistas of the Columbia River Gorge. There are also a number of historic resources along the highway.
Pillars of Rome
A well-kept secret in Oregon, this fascinating and unique rock formation rises out of the stark desert floor to a height of 100 feet, ranging 5 miles long and two miles wide. The views alone are worth the drive, but you can also plan to do some white-water rafting down the wild & scenic Owyhee River past beautiful canyons, wildflowers, and desert wildlife.
Mount Hood, Oregon
Mount Hood is the highest mountain in Oregon and is part of the Cascade Range, which stretches from British Columbia to Northern California. Packed with miles of scenic hiking trails boasting unforgettable views of glaciers, alpine meadows, and old-growth forests. This is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Oregon.
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
This area is a photographer’s dream, with panoramic views of the rugged coastline and forested hills. Make sure to check out Thor’s Well and Devil’s Churn – an impressive display of nature’s force and fury.
Ecola State Park
Located on the northern Oregon coast, Ecola State Park is widely considered one of the most beautiful places in Oregon for its recreational activities, stunning natural features, and unforgettable views of the vast and glimmering Pacific Ocean. Some of the best unobstructed views of the rugged coastline are from the park’s vantage point on Tillamook Head.
City of Bend
This high desert paradise is a year-round vacation destination. Friendly locals, pet-friendly establishments and parks, stunning scenery, fantastic weather, award-winning craft beer and restaurants, and endless outdoor activities – it is easy to see why this town continually ranks on the best-of-lists.
City of Portland
Home to Nike headquarters, quirky locals, amazing restaurants and bars, and a serious coffee culture – Portland will leave you bemused with its mix of quirkiness and progressiveness.
Explore the rural beauty that lies just outside of Portland and plan a day trip to the charming town of McMinnville – only 30 miles away. You will find dozens of wine-tasting rooms within its historic downtown as well as plenty of vineyards outside of town. Cheers to an amazing Oregon getaway!
See … there is so much to see with only so much time in this beautiful state. Plan another trip and add these spots to your itinerary – Painted Hills and John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Sea Lion Caves, whale watching, and Willamette National Forest – where you can enjoy trails, waterfalls, and several hot springs.
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Oregon is an incredibly diverse and beautiful state with something for everyone, from the stunning Crater Lake National Park to the charming town of McMinnville. If you plan on visiting, be sure to check out the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge, Cannon Beach, and Mount Hood. And if you’re looking for a place to stay, Oregon Beach Vacations offers a wide range of vacation homes to suit all sizes and budgets in some of the most desirable coastal destinations. With so much to see and do, plan another trip to Oregon and make sure to add these spots to your itinerary!
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