Oregon August 18, 2016
14 Hidden Gems You Have To See In Oregon Before You Die
Oregon is full of amazing hidden gems to be discovered. Here are 14 gorgeous, little-known spots that everyone should add to their bucket list:
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13. Lost Lake
Nestled into the Mt Hood National Forest, this gorgeous, secluded lake is both serene and jaw-droppingly beautiful. That's Mount Hood reflected in the water.
12. Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
This stunning stretch of the Oregon Coast is truly enchanting. Here you'll find amazing viewpoints, great hikes, dramatic cliffs, sandy coves, and more.
11. Ramona Falls
This magical waterfall is located in the Mt Hood National Forest on the famous Pacific Crest Trail. You can reach this stunning 120-foot cascade by taking a beautiful 7 mile (round trip) hike through the woods.
10. Wallowa Mountains
This beautiful mountain range in eastern Oregon will blow you away with its dramatic peaks, hidden lakes, and breathtaking viewpoints.
9. Oneonta Gorge
flickr/ Paul Weeks
Oneonta Gorge is an amazing hidden gem located in the Columbia River Gorge. Here, you'll get to walk along a misty stream through a tall, narrow canyon painted green with moss. At the end of the short 1 mile-long canyon, you'll reach a secret 100ft waterfall.
8. Steens Mountain
Located in a remote corner of southeastern Oregon, this amazing mountain will give you a true slice of wilderness.
7. Alvord Desert
On the south side of Steens Mountain, you can also check out the otherworldly Alvord Desert - a beautiful salt flat that stretches far into the horizon.
6. Abiqua Falls
This amazing hidden waterfall is located near Scotts Mills.
5. Opal Creek
Opal Creek is located in the Willamette National Forest, and it's just as beautiful as its name suggests. Hike along the crystal clear stream and you'll discover many amazing swimming holes that are perfect for cooling off on a hot day.
4. Toketee Falls
Located on the North Umpqua River in Douglas County, Toketee Falls is a majestic waterfall that cascades gracefully into a deep blue basin surrounded by incredible basalt walls that were carved by an ancient volcanic eruption.
3. Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
These incredible, rolling sand dunes stretch for nearly 40 miles along the gorgeous Oregon coast.
2. Tamolitch Pool
Tamolitch Pool, AKA Blue Pool, is an amazing basin located in the Willamette National Forest. The deep little lake is crystal clear and yet vibrantly blue, sourced from an underwater section of the McKenzie River which has seeped up through an underground lava bed.
1. Painted Hills
This incredible natural wonder is part of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Amazing colors are streaked through these ancient, rolling hills; the whole area is full of otherworldly beauty.
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