Oregon’s natural scenery is truly amazing. Around just about every corner you can find a beautiful natural wonder. From phosphorescent beaches to ancient volcanic flows, these 11 amazing places in Oregon will drop your jaw.
11. Thor's Well
Thor's Well is a dramatic and mind-boggling feature of the Oregon coast, located at Cape Perpetua. This amazing natural well drains the incoming tide into a seemingly bottomless pit, and then periodically sends it bursting into the air; at times the spray reaches 100 feet high.
10. The Painted Hills
The beautiful Painted Hills are located at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Layers of ancient, colorful soil creates these unique and breathtaking hills.
9. Pillars of Rome
Located in the Jordan Valley you'll find these beautiful 100ft tall natural pillars made of fossil-bearing clay.
8. Oregon Caves National Monument
Located in Southern Oregon, the Oregon Caves National Monument is a stunning network of cave passages in the Siskiyou Mountains made out of marbleized limestone and full of dramatic stalagmites and stalactites.
7. Crater Lake
Crater Lake is one of Oregon's crown jewels, and for good reason. This stunning lake is the deepest in the country, and it's located in an enormous caldera atop the dead Mount Mazama. With no water flowing into the lake, it's completely made up of thousands of years of rainwater, and the water is some of the bluest, purest water imaginable.
6. Abiqua Falls
This beautiful waterfall is located in an huge, natural amphitheater made out of basalt sculpted from volcanic activity long ago.
5. Devils Punch Bowl
This unique coastal feature is located in the Devils Punch Bowl State Park on the central Oregon coast.
4. Glowing beaches
Did you know that every once in a while the sand on the oregon coast glows? Phosphorescent plankton sometimes wash up in the sand, glowing with a glittering bluish light when touched. At certain times you can walk on the sand at night and your footprints will glitter behind you. It's a truly amazing experience. This has occurred at many beaches in Oregon including Cannon Beach, Port Orford, Manzanita, and more.
3. Sea Lion Caves
The beautiful Sea Lion Caves are located near Florence, and they're the largest sea caves in America.
2. Alvord Desert
This incredible desert is located in Harney County in South East Oregon. This enormous, dry lakebed only get about seven inches of rain per year, making it uniquely barren and flat.
1. Big Obsidian Flow
Located at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument near Bend, the Big Obsidian Flow is a phenomenally beautiful and otherworldly landscape made up of pumice and shiny obsidian rocks that were formed 1,300 years ago.
Oregon is full of amazing natural wonders. What are some other beautiful natural phenomena in Oregon?