One Of The Most Scenic Drives In America Is Right Here In Oregon

You don’t have to be a longtime resident to understand exactly how beautiful the Beaver State is; all it takes is one visit and you’ll be convinced! So with that said, it never comes as a surprise when we hear that one of our local attractions is being recognized because of its beauty and opportunity for adventure. If you’re feeling like you need time away from the everyday chaos of life, then hit the road and take a ride along one of the best scenic drives in Oregon — and in America! Let’s take a drive…

Have you traveled Oregon 101 before? Isn’t it one of the best scenic drives in Oregon? Share your experiences on this scenic route in the comments below!

For another beautiful and scenic drive in the Beaver State, check out the Three Capes Scenic Loop, a 40-mile tour de force of the Oregon Coast!

Address: U.S. 101, US-101, Florence, OR, USA
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best scenic drives in Oregon

July 13, 2021

What are some of the best scenic drives I can take in Oregon? 

The Columbia River Gorge is a treasure trove of natural beauty! Within this National Scenic Area, you’ll find the Columbia River, mighty Multnomah Falls, majestic Cascade Mountains, and resplendent Hood River — and that’s just the beginning. The Gorge reaches up to 4,000 feet deep in some areas, and the canyon stretches out over 80 miles as the river winds through the Cascades. For unparalleled views of the Gorge, take a drive along the Historic Columbia River Highway. Along the way, there are several scenic overlooks where travelers can stop and enjoy the views. With its dynamic horseshoe loops, Rowena Crest Overlook is the most iconic spot along the drive. To get there, take exit 69 off I-84 from Mosier, and head east on Highway 30, or take the Rowena exit (#76) and head west on Highway 30. 

Where are some scenic places in Oregon?

Oregon’s beautiful scenery is everywhere, from commanding Mt. Hood to the resplendent Columbia River Gorge. Happily, many of the most wondrous places in Oregon can be witnessed for free. One of the most scenic places in Oregon are its Painted Hills. History unfolds right before your eyes in Oregon’s Painted Hills, most famously, at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. The hills get their name from the colored stratifications in the soil, which form layers of rich red, bronze, copper, and gold. Visit during the “golden hour,” and you’ll be rendered speechless by the dazzling display of color. To make a day out of it, take the Journey Through Time Scenic Byway, a scenic route that stretches for 286 miles and passes through five Oregon counties, cruising right past Oregon’s hued hills.

Are there many scenic overlooks in Oregon?

The best way to take in Oregon’s beauty is from above. These 10 overlooks will not only make you feel as though you’re on top of the world, but they also offer some of the most sublime scenic vistas in the state. The most famous and iconic Oregon overlook is Rowena Crest, located on the Historic Columbia River Highway. At the top of the viewpoint is the Vista House, an iconic Oregon landmark that, believe it or not, as actually known as the $100,000 outhouse when it was first built! Of course, if you really want an unparalleled experience, check out Envi Adventures, an Oregon air tour company that takes guests high above the state’s most iconic and beautiful places!

Address: U.S. 101, US-101, Florence, OR, USA