Oregon November 01, 2017
Do Not Do These 7 Touristy Things In Oregon. Here’s What To Do Instead.
Oregon is filled with beautiful sights and attractions, but there are a few places that can get overrun with tourists. Of course, these touristy places are worth a visit at some point, but if you want to avoid the crowds and venture a little off the beaten path, we recommend these lesser-known alternatives. Instead of going to the usual tourist traps, do these amazing things instead:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Instead of Cannon Beach...
Boardman State Park in Brookings.
Sure, Cannon Beach is an incredibly picturesque destination. But if you want a different experience, check out Boardman State Park. This scenic area features 12 miles of forested land and stunning coastline. The lush, emerald green park is home to countless hidden gems and unbelievable natural beauty. It is named in honor of Samuel H. Boardman, the first Oregon Parks superintendent.
2. Instead of Voodoo Doughnuts...
Blue Star Donuts in Portland.
Tourists flock to Voodoo for their eclectic and delicious donuts. However, this means long lines and crowds are bound to be a part of your visit here. Head to Blue Star for a calmer experience. This popular chain in Portland is known for their soft and flavorful donuts.
3. Instead of Multnomah Falls...
Silver Falls State Park in Sublimity.
As Oregon's #1 visited natural attraction, Multnomah Falls is a spectacular (and busy) waterfall. If you'd rather not battle for a parking spot, go to Silver Falls State Park instead. This treasure is filled with 10 magnificent waterfalls and is great for hikers of all skill levels.
4. Instead of Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort...
Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort in North Powder.
While Mt. Hood Meadows is one of the largest and most popular ski resorts in the state, it can also get crowded. If you want to venture off the beaten path, check out Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort. The mountain is located about an hour's drive from Baker City, and is home to a phenomenal Nordic trail system and incredible, scenic surroundings.
5. Instead of the Oregon Coast Aquarium...
Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.
The Hatfield Marine Science Center is filled with informative and interactive displays the whole family will love. The Center is run by Oregon State University and offers a fun, hands-on way to learn about marine science. And, since Hatfield only asks for a minimal donation for entry, it is a much better bargain than the nearby Oregon Coast Aquarium. While you're here, don't miss one of the chief attractions: the giant Pacific octopus.
6. Instead of the International Rose Test Garden...
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in Portland.
It's easy to see why the always beautiful Rose Garden is such a popular tourist destination. This garden is home to more than 7,000 rose plants, making it a breathtaking place to visit. However, parking can be a nightmare and the garden is almost always filled with people. If you want to go somewhere a bit quieter, check out the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. This gorgeous garden is a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. The nature trails are downright enchanting.
7. Instead of Crater Lake...
Tamolitch Blue Pool in Cascadia.
The famous Crater Lake is one of Oregon's greatest treasures, but it's definitely touristy. Tamolitch Blue Pool is also breathtakingly beautiful, and has fewer crowds. The water is a stunning shade of sapphire blue.
What are some of your favorite non-touristy places to visit in Oregon? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments below!
For more fun things to do in the Beaver State, check out out previous article:
The 11 Coolest Attractions In Oregon That Not Enough People Visit.