There are so many incredible things to do and see in Oregon — honestly, the list could go on and on. There are some experiences, however, that seem quintessentially
Oregonian; from visiting Crater Lake to eating at Voodoo Doughnuts, here are 16 things unique things to add to your Oregon bucket list. How many of these experiences do you have under your belt?
1. Cruise along Rim Drive.
One of the best ways to see Oregon's legendary Crater Lake is to take the 33-mile Rim Drive -- a road that loops around the edge of the crater, passing tons of incredible viewpoints. Whether or not you make the full circle, everyone should see Crater Lake at one point or another. This stunning natural wonder is the deepest lake in the country, and its water is intensely blue.
2. See a play in Ashland.
Every year, the charming town of Ashland puts on the wonderful Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which hosts numerous fantastic plays, both modern and Shakespearean.
3. Have a snow day at Mt Hood.
Oregon's tallest peak, Mt Hood, is basically a winter wonderland. For an unforgettable snow day, grab your skis and snowboards and head up the mountain to Timberline or Meadows.
4. Take a relaxing soak at Bagby Hot Springs.
Oregon has many amazing natural hot springs where you can take a peaceful soak in warm mineral water rising straight from the earth. Located in the Mt Hood National Forest, Bagby Hot Springs is one of the most legendary. A short hike through the woods will lead you to the rustic, clothing-optional bathhouse.
5. Eat a Voodoo Doughnut (or five).
Passing through downtown Portland, you're almost sure to see a huge line coming out the door of the original Voodoo Doughnuts. This unique, iconic doughnut shop is wonderfully weird and absolutely delicious; if you can brave the line, the experience is absolutely worth it.
6. Hike to the top of Multnomah Falls.
Multnomah Falls is the second tallest year-round waterfall in the country, and it's beauty is simply phenomenal. For an awesome experience, feel the massive waterfall's mist from the Benson Bridge, or walk all the way to the top of the falls on a 2.5-mile loop trail.
7. See the Painted Hills.
Located in eastern Oregon, The Painted Hills are one of Oregon's most incredible natural wonders. These ancient hills are hued with brilliant colors, and lovely walking trails weaving through the scenery will give you an otherworldly experience.
8. Go to the Pendleton Round-Up
Each year, the lovely town of Pendleton hosts the Pendleton Round-Up, a week-long rodeo with all kinds of festivities.
9. Visit Oregon's beautiful lighthouses -- and climb to the top of them.
Oregon has many stunning lighthouses dotting the coast, some of which are now open to the public. Here's a photo of Cape Blanco lighthouse; if you look closely, you can see visitors standing at the top.
10. Visit Oregon's wine country.
The Willamette Valley is a gorgeous expanse of rolling hills, beautiful scenery, and bucolic farmland. There are over 500 wineries in the valley, many of which offer tours, wine tastings, and more.
11. Sleep in a yurt.
Many of Oregon's state parks offer the unique experience of renting yurts for overnight visits. These cute little circular houses are very rustic but cozier than tent camping, and some of them include amenities like bunk beds, electricity, heat, and more.
12. Have a beach day at Cannon Beach.
Located on the northern coast, the beautiful Cannon Beach is home to the iconic Haystack Rock, and it's pristine sandy beach is a perfect place to relax and spend the day surrounded by natural beauty.
13. Explore Powell's Books.
Located in Portland, Powell's Books is the largest independent bookstore in the world, and it's an absolute wonderland for booklovers -- plus, it's a quintessential Portland experience.
14. Hike the Trail of Ten Falls.
Silver Falls State Park is full of amazing scenery, lush forests, and majestic waterfalls. The best way to experience the beauty of this place is hiking the Trail of Ten Falls, a gorgeous loop trail that is 8.7 miles in total (but can be done in shorter sections as well).
15. Eat seafood on the coast.
There's nothing quite like digging in to a fresh-caught seafood dinner on the Oregon Coast.
16. Look out over the gorge from Crown Point.
This historic lookout point in the Columbia River Gorge offers amazing panoramic views of the expansive, stunning scenery surrounding it.
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