Whether it’s strolling through a Japanese garden, soaking in a beautiful hot spring or star gazing in central Oregon, there are many great ways to relax in the beautiful Beaver State. Here are 11 hidden gems in Oregon where nature will relax you:
11. Stroll through the Japanese Garden.
The Japanese Garden in Portland is a perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
10. Bird watch at the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge.
Bird lovers rejoice! The Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge is an incredible place to watch many different kinds of birds or just sit back and listen to their songs.
9. Relax at the beautiful Lost Lake.
Lost Lake is a majestic isolated lake in the Mt. Hood National Forest with stunning views of the mountain.
8. Walk among ancient trees in the Valley of the Giants.
The Valley of Giants is a stunning forest hidden away on the Northwestern coast of Oregon. The 51-acre forest is full of enormous, ancient trees and is a perfect place to take a relaxing stroll.
7. Soak in Bagby Hot Springs.
Baby Hot Springs is a natural hot spring (and bath house) located at the end of a short hike in the Mt. Hood National Forest.
6. See the Wallowas from above on the Wallowa Lake Tramway.
Get a bird's eye view of the beautiful Wallowa Lake, nestled in the hills of eastern Oregon.
5. Stargaze in Central Oregon.
Sunriver is an excellent place to relax under the starlight.
4. Float along the Sandy River.
Grab an inflatable boat or innertube on a warm day and feel your stress evaporate as you float down a sunny river. There are lots of great choices like the Rogue River, the Sandy River, and the McKenzie River.
3. Take a morning walk at the Secret Beach.
Secret Beach is a beautiful, isolated little beach in Brookings. Watch the sunset, take a morning stroll, or pack an afternoon picnic and enjoy some peace at this coastal gem.
2. Relax at Breitenbush Hot Springs.
Breitenbush Hot Springs offers overnight retreats, workshops, or day access at a beautiful resort and nature sanctuary in the Williamette National Forest. Soak in the hot spring pools and natural sauna, walk a labyrinth, and relax in a beautiful setting.
1. Take a dip in Opal Creek.
Wade into the stunning waters of Opal Pool in the Willamette National Forest, or find a rock to spread your blanket on as you listen to the sounds of the forest and flowing water.
What are some other hidden gems in Oregon where you can relax in nature? Let us know in the comments.