From charming mountain towns to historic seaside cities, Oregon is full of all kinds of amazing towns that make for incredible getaway destinations. Over the last year, we’ve written about many of Oregon’s most wonderful towns — and the things that make them unique. From Ashland all the way up to Astoria, here’s a list of 12 of Oregon’s most enchanting towns that you’ll want to add to your travel plans for 2017.
Surrounded by stunning mountain scenery, the small town of Joseph is an enchanting hidden gem in northeastern Oregon. This artsy town is full of unique businesses, bronze sculptures, and small town charm, and the surrounding landscapes will awe any nature lover.
Florence is a beautiful coastal town located in Lane County. This charming town has great restaurants, a lovely boardwalk, stunning ocean scenery, and more.
Jacksonville, Oregon is a fantastic little town located in Jackson County. Established as a gold mining town, Jacksonville is packed full of incredible, historic buildings -- in fact, the entire downtown district was named a National Historic Landmark. This town is a must-visit for any history buff.
Astoria is Oregon's oldest city. This wonderful town (pop. 9500) is located at the northernmost tip of the Oregon coast, and the phenomenal scenery will blow you away. Fun fact: the house from the film The Goonies is actually right here in Astoria.
Located in the heart of Oregon's wine country, Dundee is a gorgeous little town surrounded by miles of rolling hills and bucolic vineyards. Full of beautiful bed & breakfasts and award-winning wineries, Dundee is a great place for a relaxing, romantic getaway.
Located in the Columbia River Gorge -- just an hour drive from Portland -- the beautiful town of Hood River is a fabulous place to visit. Whether you want to chase waterfalls, visit wineries, try windsurfing, ski at Mt Hood, or just relax in a beautiful place (where micro-brewed beer abounds), Hood River is definitely worth a visit.
Depoe Bay is a teensy tiny town on the coast of Lincoln County. Here, you can visit the smallest harbor in the world, do some epic whale watching, and enjoy meals at some of Oregon's best seafood restaurants.
Sisters is a gorgeous small town with a population of about 2,000. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities, this Deschutes County town will charm you completely.
Home to some of Oregon's most iconic scenery, Cannon Beach is an enchanting little seaside town in Clatsop County. The beach was even listed as one of “The World’s 100 Most Beautiful Places” in 2013 by National Geographic.
Located in beautiful southern Oregon, Ashland is a fabulous mid-sized city that's home to gorgeous scenery, the famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and plenty of great parks, restaurants, art galleries, and more.
Ever wanted to visit a real life ghost town? If so, you've got to check out Shaniko. This incredible ghost town has a fascinating history that seems to come to life as you walk down the dusty, quiet streets.
This wonderful seaside town is a food lover's dream come true. Sure, Newport is full of stunning scenery, charming shops and galleries, and fascinating history -- but it's also home to tons of incredible restaurants like Local Ocean, La Maison Cafe, The Chowder Bowl, and Saffron Salmon, among others.