Seasonal May 16, 2017
The 11 Places You Absolutely Must Visit In Oregon This Spring
When spring comes around in Oregon, the whole state seems to let out a collective sigh of joy and relief. The sun peaks out from behind the clouds and all of the sudden the scenery is more lush and colorful than ever, speckled with budding flowers that could melt your heart. From wildflower prairies to coastal gardens, these 11 wonderful places in Oregon are particularly magical in the springtime:
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11. Rowena Crest
Overlooking the Columbia River near Maupin is the wondrous Rowena Crest, a stunning nature area woven with hiking trails that lead through gorgeous scenery covered in wildflowers in the spring and summer months.
10. Silver Falls State Park
Located near Silverton, Silver Falls State Park is Oregon's biggest state park. This beautiful place is full of lush forest scenery, hiking trails, rustic cabins, and magnificent waterfalls, making it a perfect place for a springtime getaway.
9. Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm
For a truly picturesque adventure, head to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm near Woodburn in the springtime. This breathtaking tulip farm is home to thousands of colorful flowers, charming scenery, a winery, and more.
8. Shore Acres State Park
Located on a beautiful section of the Oregon Coast, Shore Acres State Park is an incredible hidden gem that's home to epic views of the ocean as well as a magical botanical garden that will blow you away.
Oregon's capitol city, Salem, is especailly wonderful in the springtime. Here's a photo of the capitol building, surrounded by amazing, colorful scenery.
6. Portland Japanese Garden
Tucked away in the west hills of Portland is the breathtaking Portland Japanese Garden. This tranquil place is a perfect spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in beautiful surroundings. Come springtime, the garden is full of lush blooming flowers as well as koi ponds, handmade bridges, zen gardens, and more.
5. Zumwalt Prairie
Located in eastern Oregon near the Wallowa Mountains, Zumwalt Prairie is a unique landscape that'll make you feel like you've been transported to a different time and place. Spring and summer are great times to see these rolling green hills (sometimes speckled with wildflowers) for yourself.
The beautiful city of Ashland is a lovely place to be any time of year, but especailly in the spring. You can explore the expansive Lithia Park, stroll down the blooming tree-lined streets of downtown, see a play in the Elizabethan amphitheater, and more.
3. Columbia River Gorge
Full of dense green forests, breathtaking overlooks, unforgettable hikes, and too many waterfalls to count, the Columbia River Gorge is one of the most amazing places in Oregon. It's a great place to visit in the springtime, since you'll beat the summer crowds, see the foliage at its most colorful, and you'll get to experience the rushing waterfalls at full force.
2. The Oregon Garden
Located in the charming town of Silverton, the Oregon Garden is a spectacular botantical garden that spans 80 acres. It's an enchanting place to wander and lose yourself in the vibrant, wonderous scenery.
1. Marys Peak
Marys Peak is a jaw dropping place located in the coastal range of the Siuslaw National Forest. A short 1.5-mile loop trail will lead you to the mountaintop meadow, full of wildflowers and vast views of the surrounding area.
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