Oregon July 11, 2017
11 Out Of This World Summer Day Trips To Take In Oregon
There’s no better time to take a trip in Oregon than the summer. The Beaver State is home to all kinds of amazing, unparalleled attractions that’ll keep you busy all summer long. From lakeside gondola rides to hidden gem hot springs, here are 11 unforgettable day trips you can only take 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:
11. Explore the amazing Silver Falls State Park.
Silver Falls State Park is Oregon's largest state park, and it's home to some of the most enchanting scenery in the country. This gorgeous forest is full of breathtaking waterfalls, hiking trails, canyons, rustic cabins, and more. Find out more
10. Sip wine at the magical King Estate winery.
Located in the Willamette Valley near Eugene, King Estate is a reknowned winery surrounded by the most incredible scenery. This castle-like estate is a fabulous place to spend an afternoon sipping wine and eating delicious food while taking in beautifully bucolic views. Find out more
9. Hike Oneonta Gorge
For a truly unforgettable adventure, take a hike through Oneonta Gorge. This stunning hidden gem is nestled into the Columbia River Gorge. A short, epic hike will lead you up a crystal clear stream through a narrow, fairytale-esque slot canyon to a secret waterfall hiding at the end. Find out more
8. Walk the streets of Oregon's most fascinating ghost town.
Located in Wasco County, Shaniko is an incredible ghost town that was once known as the wool capitol of the world. Walking along the empty streets is a haunting experience. Find out more
7. Soak at Bagby Hot Springs.
Bagby Hot Springs is arguably one of Oregon's most legendary hidden gems. This rustic hot spring is tucked into dense, emerald green scenery in the Mt Hood National Forest. A short hike will lead you to this relaxing oasis. Find out more
2. Take in the views at Painted Hills.
Part of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon's Painted Hills are a sight to behold. A handfull of short, scenic trails wind through the colorful landscape, giving visitors the chance to see this amazing natural wonder up close. Find out more
5. Take a riverboat ride on the Portland Spirit.
For a fabulous day trip, sign up for a tour on the legendary Portland Spirit. This gorgeous riverboat leads visitors on excursions along the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. Find out more
4. See a play at Ashland's outdoor Elizabethan theater.
Located in Southern Oregon, the lovely town of Ashland is renowned for its amazing Shakespeare Festival. Summer is a perfect time to grab tickets to an incredible play at the outdoor Elizabethan theater. Find out more
3. Visit Wallowa Lake and ride a tram to the top of Mt Howard.
Nestled into the Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon, Wallowa Lake is a breathtaking place with opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating, and more. It's also home to the Wallowa Lake Tramway, which will take you on a picturesque ride up to the summit of Mt Howard, where you'll be greeted by extraordinary views, a restaurant, and a lovely mountaintop hiking trail. Find out more
2. Visit Crater Lake.
Crater Lake is one of Oregon's most amazing natural wonders. It's the deepest lake in the country, and its deep blue waters will drop your jaw. It's a fabulous place to visit in the summertime, full of opportunities for hiking, sightseeing, driving around the rim, and even taking a boat tour. Find out more
1. Hike the Henline Falls Trail to a waterfall and abandoned mine.
Located in the Opal Creek Wilderness, the Henline Falls Trail is a short, wonderful hike through the woods that leads to a breathtaking waterfall as well as an eerie abandoned mine. What an amazing place to explore. Find out more
What’s your favorite summertime day trip? Let us know in the comments.
Check out our
Oregon summertime swimming bucket list here.