Oregon is full of amazing natural wonders like Crater Lake and Multnomah Falls, but did you know the Beaver State is also home to some jaw-dropping man made wonders? Fountains, churches, bridges, lighthouses, sculptures…. Oregon is full of countless beautiful structures. Here are 16 of the most breathtaking man (or woman) made wonders in Oregon.
16. The Capitol Fountain in Salem
This amazing sculptural fountain is located in Salem.
15. Yaquina Head Lighthouse
The lovely Yaquina Head Lighthouse is allegedly the most photographed lighthouse in the country.
14. St. John's Bridge
The historic St. John's Bridge is a gorgeous, iconic Portland landmark. Underneath the bridge you'll find Cathedral Park.
14. University of Oregon Academic Center
Wow. This futuristic building on the University of Oregon campus is so reflective and sleek it's almost invisible!
12. Pittock Mansion
The Pittock Mansion is an amazing French Renaissance-style mansion that you can visit in the hills of Portland.
11. Oregon State University 'Pomp and Circumstance' sculpture
This amazing sculpture on the Oregon State University campus intertwined with the surrounding greenery. The temporary sculpture was very popular while standing, and was unfortunately removed last summer.
10. First Presbyterian Church
The First Presbyterian Church in Portland is absolutely breathtaking.
9. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at University of Oregon is a gorgeous building with an especially enchanting courtyard that will take your breath away.
8. The Grotto
Whether or not you're religious, The Grotto (AKA The National Sanctuary of our Sorrowful Mother) is a beautiful shrine and church built into 62 of forestry.
7. Tillamook Rock Lighthouse
The Tillamook Rock lighthouse, also known as Terrible Tilly, is an infamous deactivated lighthouse located over a mile off-shore at Tillamook Head. It was painstakingly built over a period of 500 days, and at the time it was the most expensive lighthouse ever created. Although it's no longer in use, you can still see it standing all alone amidst the crashing waves.
6. Peterson Rock Garden
The Peterson Rock Garden is located between Bend and Medford. This amazing garden features many handmade structures including landmark replicas, bridges, castles, and more.
5. Portland Japanese Garden
Ok, so this one’s more of a collaboration between man and nature. The Japanese Garden in Portland's Washington Park is absolutely stunning.
4. Oregon State Capitol
The Oregon State Capitol building in Salem is truly incredible.
3. Portland's Salmon sculpture
This unique, amazing sculpture in Portland will blow your mind.
2. Yaquina Bay Bridge
The Yaquina Bay Bridge is a gorgeous arch bridge and an Oregon landmark.
1. Keller Fountain
The Keller Fountain is an amazing fountain in Portland. Water cascades ethereally over huge blocks of concrete into a 75,000-gallon pool.