The Heart And Soul Of Oregon Is The Small Towns And These 7 Have The Best Downtown Areas
By Sarah McCosham|Updated on September 12, 2022(Originally published September 07, 2022)
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There are certain places that come to mind when it comes to Oregon towns: Portland, of course, along with Salem, Eugene, Bend, and Oregon City. And while each of these larger locales offers visitors the full PNW experience, Oregon has numerous smaller towns that deserve the spotlight, too. The following are seven of the best downtowns in Oregon. These are charming little locales that capture everything that’s wonderful about the Beaver State — its scenic beauty, amazing restaurants, and unique attractions — plus vibrant downtown districts that are about as charming as it gets.
Oregon really is the best place to live in the country. And if it’s small-town vibes you’re seeking, you’ll find it in these amazing little locales in Oregon!
What are your picks for the best Main Streets and downtowns in Oregon? Share them with us in the comments below!
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What are some more of the best downtowns in Oregon?
While the above list includes some of the state's smallest towns with the best downtowns in Oregon, Bend is a "little big city" that has one of the most amazing downtowns in the PNW. It’s no secret that we adore Bend and think it’s one of the best all-around towns in Oregon. Not only does this charming locale have a soft spot for the nostalgic (the world's last remaining Blockbuster is in Bend!), but it’s also the ultimate outdoor enthusiast’s playground. Snowshoeing, skiing, hiking, and kayaking … you can do it all in this Central Oregon town. The outdoor recreation here is spectacular any time of the year; the mighty Deschutes flows quite literally through the town itself, providing some of the best kayaking and river floating in Oregon! There are also ample opportunities for waterfront dining in Bend, as well as some top-tier eateries and breweries, some of which have been featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" show!