From secluded lakes to otherworldly state parks, Oregon is full of amazing places where you can get away from it all. Escape into nature at one of these unique locations in the beautiful Beaver State:
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13. Trillium Lake
Nestled into the Mt Hood National Forest, Trillium Lake is a stunning place to get away from it all. You can camp, swim, boat, picnic, and more at this beautiful alpine lake.
12. Samuel H Boardman State Park
From top to bottom, the Oregon Coast is simply extraordinary. For an unforgettable getaway, visit the little known Samuel H Boardman State Park on the southern coast. The unique landscape, old growth forests, dramatic cliffs, and secluded beaches will blow you away.
11. Crater Lake
A trip to Crater Lake is like a dream come true. This incredible natural wonder is the deepest lake in the country, and it's breathtakingly beautiful from every angle. Circle the lake on the scenic Rim Drive for an unforgettable sightseeing experience. If you want to stay the night, you can book a room in the historic Crater Lake Lodge or head to a campground nearby.
10. Silver Falls State Park
Located near Silverton, Silver Falls State Park is the largest state park in all of Oregon. This amazing place is full of enchanting waterfalls and lush forest scenery that will make you feel like you're in a fairytale.
Located in Northeast Oregon, Joseph is a beautiful small town surrounded by breathtaking scenery. This charming town is sometimes called Oregon's Little Switzerland because of the picturesque Alps-like scenery. Joseph is a great launching pad for exploring the nearby Wallowa Mountains, Wallowa Lake, Eagle Cap Wilderness, and more.
8. Alvord Desert
The Alvord Desert is one of the most remote places in the state. Located in southeastern Oregon, this flat desert playa stretches for miles and miles. It's a fun place to camp during the summer, and you can visit the Alvord Hot Springs for a relaxing soak.
7. Steens Mountain
Just north of the Alvord Desert is the stunning Steens Mountain. This incredible, rugged place will give you a real taste of wilderness. It's a great place for camping, backpacking, viewing wildlife, and more. If you're thinking of staying the night, consider staying at the historic Frenchglen Hotel nearby.
6. Painted Hills
The Painted Hills are one of Oregon's most amazing natural wonders. This ancient landscape is streaked with brilliant colors. Strolling through the scenery will make you feel like you're on another planet.
5. The Columbia River Gorge
Located east of Portland, the Columbia River Gorge is an amazing place full of magical waterfalls, incredible hikes, and breathtaking scenery. There's so much to do and see here, you could explore for days on end and never get bored. Here's a photo of the most iconic waterfall in the gorge, Multnomah Falls.
4. Shore Acres State Park
Shore Acres State Park is one of the most unique, underrated places in the state. The state park is home to a beautiful botanical garden located right on the edge of the coast, providing visitors with stunning views of wildly crashing waves and incredible sea stacks.
3. Fort Rock
Located in the high desert of Central Oregon, Fort Rock is a little known natural wonder. This remote geological formation is a fantastic place to explore. Plus, it's just a mile away from the Fort Rock Homestead Museum, a collection of historic abandoned buildings that will transport you back in time.
2. Cannon Beach
The charming town of Cannon Beach is home to all kinds of lovely attractions, including the famous Haystack Rock, making it a perfect place for an Oregon Coast getaway.
1. Smith Rock State Park
This amazing state park in Central Oregon is an absolutely spectacular place for sightseeing, hiking, rock climbing, camping, and more.