From head to toe, from coast to desert, Oregon is breathtakingly beautiful. The Beaver State is full of marvelous natural and man-made wonders that will drop your jaw. From amazing waterfalls to picturesque lighthouses, here are 14 of the most incredible marvels in Oregon:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
14. Crater Lake
Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the country, and it's absolutely stunning. Located in the caldera of an ancient volcano, this natural wonder is sourced entirely from rainwater and snowmelt, which is what gives the lake its vibrantly blue, pure water.
13. Multnomah Falls
Located in the Columbia River Gorge, the majestic Multnomah Falls is one of Oregon's crown jewels. It's the second tallest waterfall in the country, and you'll be blown away by its exquisite beauty.
12. Portland Japanese Garden
The Japanese Garden in Portland is a serene, breathtakingly beautiful garden that will make you feel as though you've been transported to a different time and place as you stroll past koi-filled ponds, unique plants, zen gardens, and more.
11. Haystack Rock
Haystack Rock is one of Oregon's most iconic landmarks, and it's absolutely spectacular. Located on the picturesque Cannon Beach, this massive sea stack (which you may recognize from the Goonies) is truly wondrous.
10. Smith Rock
Smith Rock State Park is one of the most unique state parks in Oregon, and it's rugged terrain and massive peaks will astonish you. It's a great place for rock climbing, hiking, camping, sightseeing, and more.
9. The Wallowas
Located in eastern Oregon, the Wallowa mountain range is a stunning area where you'll find beautiful mountain peaks, amazing viewpoints, great hiking trails, wildlife, the glittering Wallowa Lake, and more.
8. Silver Falls State Park
Silver Falls State Park is a gorgeous nature area and the largest state park in Oregon. In this stunning forest you'll find countless majestic waterfalls, serene creeks, canyons, and vibrant foliage in the fall. Hike the famous Trail Of Ten Falls for an unforgettable experience.
7. Ramona Falls
Located in the Mount Hood National Forest, Ramona Falls is a unique, ethereal waterfall tucked away in the woods that cascades over incredible rock formations covered in emerald green moss. You can reach this amazing sight at the end of a lovely hike.
6. Painted Hills
One of the most unique and otherworldly places in Oregon is the amazing Painted Hills, located at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. The landscape is colored with ancient, rolling hills layered with vibrant soils that look almost too beautiful to be real.
5. Trillium Lake
This lovely lake in the Mount Hood National Forest is surrounded by picturesque evergreens and reflects the awe-inspiring peak of Mount Hood.
4. Willamette Valley
The Willamette Valley is the source of much of Oregon's amazing produce and wine. Experience Oregon's bucolic countryside with a visit to some of the region's amazing wineries.
3. Steens Mountain
Located in a remote area of southeast Oregon, this incredible mountain will give you a taste of true wilderness and untarnished natural beauty.
2. Mount Hood
Oh, beautiful Mount Hood. This enormous mountain in northern Oregon can be seen from miles and miles away. There are endless opportunities here for hiking, skiing, camping, fishing, sightseeing, and more.
1. Heceta Head Lighthouse
The gorgeous Heceta Head Lighthouse is said to be the most-photographed lighthouse in the country, and for good reason. Located on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the amazing land (and sea) scapes here will blow you away.