Oregon is full of stunning mountain ranges, emerald forests, shimmering coastlines and otherworldly deserts. Crater Lake, Multnomah Falls and Mt. Hood are the majority of what comes to mind when most people think of Oregon. While those places are truly amazing, there are many other breathtakingly beautiful places to explore in Oregon that are a bit more off the beaten path. From Wallowa Lake to the Steens Mountain Wilderness, here are 15 underrated places in Oregon that will drop your jaw.
15. Steens Mountain Wilderness
This unbelievably beautiful mountain range is located in Southeastern Oregon.
14. Silver Falls State Park
Silver Falls State Park is located near Silverton. It is the largest state park in Oregon and has arguably some of the best waterfall views and hiking trails in the state.
13. Owyhee River
The Owyhee River is a tributary of Snake River. Over the years the majestic stream has carved its way through the otherworldly Eastern Oregon landscape.
12. Wallowa Mountains
Although the Wallowa Mountains were named one of the 7 wonders of Oregon, (for good reason ---they're absolutely wondrous), the mountain range's remote location makes them less frequented than other Oregon destinations---which is all the more reason to make it your next travel destination.
11. Wallowa Lake
Nestled into the Wallowa Mountains is the astoundingly beautiful Wallowa Lake.
10. Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area
Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area is a beautiful wildlife refuge in Northwest Oregon, and it's probably the best place in the state to catch a glimpse of wild elk.
9. Oswald West State Park
Located south of the popular Cannon Beach, this 2,500-acre state park is incredibly beautiful and offers astounding views of the cliff-lined ocean.
8. Waldo Lake
Waldo Lake is a gorgeous alpine lake located in the Cascade Mountains. The area is great for fishing, hiking, boating, and camping.
7. Alsea Falls Recreation Area
Alsea Falls Recreation Area is a beautiful wildlife area full of amazing waterfalls, hiking trails, campsites and more.
6. The Oregon Garden
The Oregon Garden is a spectacular 80-acre botanical garden in Silverton.
5. Three Sisters Wilderness
This stunning wilderness area is located in the Cascade Range and is part of the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests. In this massive, volcano-spotted forest you'll find stunning views, amazing hikes, wildlife and more.
4. Samuel H Boardman State Scenic Corridor
This stunning state park on the Southwestern coast has a dramatic shoreline and beautiful green forests.
3. John Day Fossil Beds
Located near the popular Painted Hills, the John Day Fossil Beds are the lesser known attraction of the two, but this otherworldly, colorful landscape is not to be missed.
2. Snake River
The Snake River is a massive river flowing through Wyoming, Idaho, Washington and Eastern Oregon. Take the boatride of a lifetime down this amazing river carved through golden hills.
1. Smith Rock State Park
Smith Rock State Park is located in the high desert of Central Oregon. The rugged, beautiful landscape is a dream come true for nature lovers, hikers and rock climbers.
How many of these amazing places have you explored? What are some other underrated places to visit in Oregon? Let us know in the comments.