With sublime beaches, mossy forests, dramatic mountains and stunning deserts, Oregon is full of natural beauty. Check out these 12 astounding places in Oregon that are off the beaten path and have an otherworldly quality that will fill you with awe.
Bandon is a coastal city in Coos County with stunning beaches adorned with jagged rocks that make it seem like an aquatic moonscape.
11. The Lava River Caves
These incredible Lava Caves are located at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.
10. Oneonta Gorge
Oneonta Gorge is located in the Columbia River Gorge. Follow the stream through a natural corridor of mossy rock walls and wade through crystal clear water to reach the waterfall at the end.
9. The view from Lava Butte
Lava Butte is located between Bend and Sunriver, and has an amazing vista point that looks over the otherworldly central Oregon landscape and distant mountains.
8. Dee Wright Observatory
The Dee Wright Observatory is located at the summit of McKenzie Pass and is completely made out of lava stone. The castle-like windows offer amazing views of the surrounding mountains.
7. Steens Ridge and the Steens Mountain Wilderness
The Jaw-dropping Steens Mountain Wilderness is located in Southeast Oregon.
Brookings is located in Curry County and has an amazing coastline. Here's a beautiful photo of the sun setting over Harris Beach.
5. Smith Rock State Park
Smith Rock State Park is absolutely out of this world.
4. Blue Basin Ridge
Located near the (also otherworldly) Painted Hills, Blue Basin Ridge is part of a stunning landscape that will make you feel like you're on another planet.
3. Snake River
The majestic Snake River is carved through parts of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Wyoming. Here's a photo of the mighty river flowing through rolling golden hills in Baker County.
2. Rainbow Cave
When the tide is low, visit the Rainbow Cave, a hidden gem in the lovely Rainbow Rock in Brookings.
1. Owyhee River Canyon
At the bottom of a 1,000 ft canyon in Eastern Oregon you'll find the snaking, beautiful Owyhee River and views that will transport you to another world.
How many of these places have you visited? What are some other spots in Oregon that look otherworldly? Let us know in the comments.