Summer is here in Oregon, and the heat is on. Racking your mind for some awesome, unique ways to spend your hot summer days? From exploring Oneonta Gorge to swimming in Crater Lake, these 14 incredible activities in Oregon are sure to make your summer unforgettable:
14. Swim in the basin of a waterfall.
Access your inner mermaid and have the unforgettable experience of swimming in one of Oregon's beautiful waterfalls. Here's a photo of visitors at Oneonta Falls (which you can read more about shortly).
13. Have a picnic at the beach.
Pack up some sodas and sandwiches and head to the coast for an unforgettable seaside picnic.
12. Feel the cool breeze at Timberline.
In the summertime, Mt Hood looks totally different. Summer is a great time to hike around this beautiful mountain, especially near Timberline Lodge.
11. Relax at one of Oregon's many beautiful lakes.
Here's a photo of the stunning Trillium lake.
10. Trek through the majestic Oneonta Gorge.
For most of the year, the stunning Oneonta Gorge- located in the Columbia River Gorge - is hard to access due to freezing cold water or various water levels. A hot summer day is the perfect time to visit this otherworldly place. This short hike leads through a narrow, moss-covered canyon along and through a river, over fallen logs, and past incredible caves all the way to the hidden, breathtaking basin of Oneonta Falls.
9. Learn to windsurf at Hood River.
Hood River is said to be one of the best places in the world for wind surfing. What other enticement could you possibly need?
8. Wake up early to watch the sunrise.
There's something really special about waking up early on a summer morning to watch the sunrise spread over the sky before the day heats up.
7. Swim in the spectacular Crater Lake.
Unbeknownst to many, there is a part of Crater lake that allows visitors to take a dip in its famous, vibrant blue water. It's quite cold so summer is definitely the best time to take advantage of this amazing opportunity!
6. Float down a river.
Grab an inner tube and set off down a lazy river for a fun, peaceful excursion.
5. Go fishing.
Catch your own dinner at one of Oregon's many lovely lakes or rivers that permits fishing. Be sure, however, to be properly prepared and to know the rules for where ever you're fishing.
4. Watch the world go by (with a glass of wine in hand) in the serene Willamette Valley.
Oregon's beautiful wine country is a wonderful place to relax in the summer time and enjoy the delicious wine and beautiful scenery of the countryside.
3. Go rafting.
In most sitatuations, going rafting means getting a little wet. This fun activity is a great way to spend a sunny summer afternoon.
2. Walk behind waterfalls at the amazing Silver Falls State Park
Silver Falls State Park is one of Oregon's most lovely natural areas, and it's home to the incredible Trail of Ten Falls. The trail winds past ten gorgeous waterfalls (and behind four of them) on a lovely 8.7 mile loop.
1. Go paddle boarding.
Paddle boarding is a fun, relaxing activity that's perfect for a hot day on the water.