From the vast, beautiful deserts all the way to the glittering coastline, Oregon is full of incredible natural wonders. Whether it’s swimming in the magical Trillium Lake or hiking in the Wallowa Mountains, check out these 12 stunning places in Oregon for an unforgettable adventure.
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12. Silver Falls State Park
Silver Falls State Park is the largest state park in Oregon, and it's definitely one of the most incredible. Trails weave through dense forests, along babbling creeks, and past many breathtaking waterfalls. Here's a photo of the underside of North Falls, taken on the famous Trail of Ten Falls.
11. Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
This amazing section of the southern Oregon coast will blow you away with its gorgeous rock formations, crashing waves, old-growth forests, and serene coves.
10. Smith Rock State Park
This stunning state park in central Oregon is heaven on earth for anyone feeling adventurous. There are tons of amazing trails, viewpoints, and places to camp, and it's also one of the best places in the state for rock climbing (for just about all levels of expertise).
9. Crater Lake
Oh, the beautiful Crater Lake. This stunning lake is located in the caldera of a dormant volcano, and its pure, stunningly blue basin is the deepest in the country. There are lots of opportunities for adventure here, whether it's sightseeing, hiking, taking a boat tour, camping, or driving along the scenic Rim Drive.
8. The Painted Hills
Oregon's Painted Hills are like nothing else in the state. This colorful landscape located in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is made up of ancient, rolling hills layered with colorful minerals and soils that make them look absolutely out of this world. Trails wind through the area to give visitors an unforgettable view of this mesmerizing place.
7. Ecola State Park
The beautiful Ecola State Park is made up of a spectacular stretch of the coast, and offers some of the most iconic views of the Oregon coast. There are sandy coves, forest trails, rugged seascapes, and amazing viewpoints like the one photographed above.
6. The Wallowa Mountains
This amazing mountain range in northeastern Oregon is absolutely stunning. With rolling hills, rugged peaks, wildlife, beautiful lakes, a gondola, and more, the opportunities for exploring here are almost endless.
5. Three Sisters Wilderness
This stunning wilderness area is located in the Cascade Range. The hundreds of miles of trails that weave through the area past stunning peaks, forests, lava fields, glaciers, majestic lakes, and more.
4. Trillium Lake
Located in the stunning Mt Hood National Forest is the breathtaking Trillium Lake. This large alpine lake is surrounded by evergreen forests and its serene water reflects the massive peak of Mt Hood. Here you'll find opportunities for camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, kayaking, and more.
3. Leslie Gulch
Leslie Gulch is a remote, rugged desert area located in southeast Oregon and it's one of the Beaver State's most wonderful hidden gems. Leslie Gulch is a perfect place to spend a day hiking, picnicking, and sightseeing in a beautiful landscape, where those who want it can find some solitude.
2. Mt Hood
Looming over the landscape of northwest Oregon is the stunning peak of Mt Hood. This beautiful mountain is surrounded by forests and its snowy slopes are a perfect place for skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and more.
1. Columbia River Gorge
There are endless possibilities for unforgettable adventures in the Columbia River Gorge. This beautiful stretch of nature on the northern border of Oregon is full of amazing trails, rivers, canyons, vistas, and hundreds of breathtaking waterfalls, including the famous Multnomah Falls.
Oregon is truly breathtaking, from head to toe. What are some other amazing places to explore in Oregon?