Summer is a magical time in Oregon. This year, take advantage of the sunshine and head outside for some amazing adventures. From going to a U-Pick farm to swimming in the basin of a waterfall, you’ll want to add these 17 awesome experiences to your summertime bucket list.
17. Take a dip in a swimming hole.
There are lots of amazing swimming holes scattered throughout Oregon, and there's nothing better than swimming in some clear, cool water on a hot summer day. Some great spots to check out are Opal Pool, Alder Flat, Buck Lake, and more.
16. Pick your own food at a U-Pick farm.
Check out your local farms to see if any of them offer U-Pick services. It's a great way to spend an afternoon in the countryside picking delicious, fresh produce.
15. Go camping.
Head into nature for an amazing camping adventure.
14. Take a road trip.
Summer is the perfect time to take a road trip through the beautiful Beaver State.
13. Go to the Oregon State Fair.
Each year, the Oregon State Fair takes place near Salem from August 26th to September 5th.
12. Head outdoors for a picnic.
Here's a photo of a beautiful picnic spot on a bluff overlooking the ocean at Ecola Head.
11. Go to the beach.
No summer is complete without an excursion to one of Oregon's beautiful beaches.
Stay up late on a clear night to see an amazing show of sparkling stars. Eastern and central Oregon are particularly wonderful places to bask in the starlight.
9. Go floating....
7. .... or kayaking on one of Oregon's beautiful rivers or lakes.
A perfect way to spend a summer day is breezing down one of Oregon's gorgeous lakes or rivers.
6. Have a scoop at Salt & Straw.
A hot summer day and a scoop of delicious ice cream is a match made in heaven. If you're in Portland, grab a scoop at the legendary Salt & Straw.
5. Take a ride on the Wallowa Lake Gondola.
Ride the Wallowa Lake Gondola for an unforgettable experience. This little tram takes you from the beautiful Wallowa Lake to the top of Mount Howard, where you'll find stunning views and a great hiking trail.
4. Explore Oregon's beautiful wine country.
The Willamette Valley is Oregon's very own lovely wine country. Full of amazing vineyards and bucolic countryside, the Willamette Valley is a perfect summertime destination.
3. Go hiking.
Take advantage of the sunshine and go for a hike on one of Oregon's gorgeous trails.
2. Enjoy a refreshing beer at one of Oregon's many amazing breweries.
There's nothing better than a crisp, delicious, freshly brewed beer on a sunny day.
1. Swim in the basin of a waterfall.
Go for a magical swim in the basin of one of Oregon's beautiful waterfalls - there's nothing quite like it. Here's a photo of the basin of Oneonta Falls in the Columbia River Gorge.