Every inch of Oregon is brimming with stunning scenery and gorgeous natural wonders. Take the road less traveled to experience these 17 hidden gems located in the beautiful Beaver State:
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17. Rowena Crest
Rowena Crest is a breathtakingly beautiful place located in the Columbia River Gorge between Hood River and The Dalles. It's especially beautiful this time of year when it's covered in blooming wildflowers.
16. Silver Falls State Park
Silver Falls State Park is easily one of the most amazing state parks in Oregon. Full of wonderful trails, breathtaking waterfalls, and beautiful foliage, everyone should experience this lovely place for themselves.
15. Opal Creek
The pure, torqouise waters of Opal Creek winds gracefully through the Willamette National Forest. This beautiful river is a great place for hiking and sightseeing. Plus, it's dotted with heavenly swimming holes that are perfect for summer.
14. The Steens Mountain Wilderness
This vast, rugged area of southeast Oregon is competely unique and stunningly beautiful; a true slice of wilderness.
13. The Painted Hills
Located at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in eastern Oregon, the amazing Painted Hills will drop your jaw.
12. The Owyhee Canyonlands
Carved into the Southern Oregon landscape by the winding Owyhee River, the Owyhee Canyonlands is full of amazing geological formations, rolling hills, sparkling rivers, and awe-inspiring wilderness.
10. Terwilliger Hot Springs
This amazing 5-teired natural hot spring is nestled into the beautiful Willamette National Forest.
9. Wallowa Mountains
The least frequented of Oregon's "7 Wonders", this gorgeous mountain range is located in eastern Oregon.
8. Leslie Gulch
Leslie Gulch is a stunning, otherworldly canyon located in southeast Oregon.
7. Koosah Falls and Sahalie Falls
These two stunning waterfalls are located in the Willamette National Forest, quite close to one another. The above photograph is of Koosah Falls, followed by the lovely Sahalie Falls.
6. Dee Wright Observatory
Located in the Three Sisters Wilderness, this otherworldly observatory provides amazing views of the surrounding lava fields and mountains.
6. Lost Lake
The majestic Lost Lake is tucked into the Mount Hood Wilderness in Hood River County. Lost Lake is a perfect destination for camping, hiking, swimming, boating, sightseeing, and more.
5. Alvord Desert
Located in Harney County under the shadow of the dramatic Steens Mountains, the Alford Desert is an incredible, unique salt flat desert in a remote corner of southeast Oregon.
4. Samuel H Boardman State Scenic Corridor
Samuel H Boardman State Scenic Corridor is located along the gorgeous coast in southwest Oregon. Here's a photo from the magical Natural Bridges Cove viewpoint.
3. Pillars of Rome
The Pillars of Rome is an amazing feature of Oregon's Jordan Valley, and one of Oregon's less-known natural wonders.
2. Paulina Lake
This serene alpine lake is located in the Newberry Crater in Central Oregon.
1. Ramona Falls
Nestled into the Mount Hood National Forest on the upper Sandy River, this ethereal waterfall looks just like a fairytale.