Yeah, big cities like Portland tend to take up the bulk of attention in Oregon. But really, it’s the small towns that dot the Beaver State that really is the heart of this place. Most of us, even if we grew up in a major metropolis, has roots in smaller communities, where perhaps our grandparents taught us good, old-fashioned values, where everyone knew each other, and where we developed our sense of community. Here are 10 of the most beautiful and charming small towns in Oregon:

Have you visited any of these beautiful small towns in Oregon? What are your favorite Oregon small towns? Tell us about them in the comments below!

While we are showing our love for charming Oregon towns, check out this list of several of the best small towns in Oregon perfect for a weekend getaway.

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What are some of the best places to live in Oregon?

Some of the best places to live in Oregon include:

  • West Linn
  • Sherwood
  • Monmouth
  • Lake Oswego
  • Bend


Oregon is a wonderful place to live, with vibrant cities and lots of classic PNW towns. In terms of the best places to live, these are the 10 safest places to live in Oregon. You'll be pleased to learn that both violent crime and property crime rates are low in Oregon — in fact, the state has the lowest violent crime rate in the Pacific Northwest region. Some standouts on this list include West Linn, Sherwood, Keizer, Independence, and Bend!

What are some of Oregon's most scenic small towns?

Some of the most scenic small towns in Oregon include:

  • Astoria
  • Yachats
  • Hood River
  • McMinnville
  • Silverton
  • Cannon Beach


You can't beat the coastal views in Yachats, Oregon. Yachats is a charming town on the coast. Located in Lincoln County, it's home to fewer than 1,000 people, but just about everyone who visits falls in love with this little gem. Nature lovers have plenty to see and do here. The Cape Perpetua Scenic Area is an absolute must-visit. Check out Thor's Well, a huge, 20-foot-deep hole that sucks the ocean down into a terrifying display of power! No matter where you go in Yachats, you'll have amazing views of the coast, which makes this one of the most beautiful small towns in Oregon, too!

Where are some beautiful places to visit in Oregon?

Some of the most beautiful places to visit in Oregon include:

  • Multnomah Falls
  • Crater Lake
  • Columbia River Gorge
  • Mount Hood
  • Alvord Desert
  • Painted Hills of Oregon


The entire state of Oregon is absolutely beautiful, full of natural wonders and splendor. Waterfalls, mountains, temperate rainforests, caves, and rivers... Oregon really is home to some of the most beautiful places in the country, and certainly the Pacific Northwest. Some of the most beautiful places to visit Oregon include Multnomah Falls, Crater Lake, the Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood, the Alvord Desert, the Painted Hills of Oregon, and, of course, all 363 miles of the Oregon Coast. The best part? You can visit and experience all of these beautiful places in Oregon for free!