From visiting ghost towns to chasing waterfalls, there are countless incredible adventures to be had in the Beaver State. Here are 13 unforgettable Oregon trips to add to your bucket list:
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13. Drive along the rim of the legendary Crater Lake.
Crater Lake is one of the most phenomenal places in the country, let alone the state of Oregon. This mountaintop lake is the deepest in the U.S., and it's water is the bluest blue you'll ever see. You can drive all the way around the rim of the immense crater on a byway called Rim Drive (stopping at the many viewpoints along the way, of course). There are also a number of places to camp or book a room nearby if you feel like extending your trip.
12. Stay the night in a treehouse.
Live out the childhood fantasy of spending the night in a treehouse at this unique B&B in southwestern Oregon. Out'n'About Treesort offers visitors the wonderful opportunity of renting their own little cabin in the treetops. Located at 300 Page Creek Road, Cave Junction, Oregon.
11. Explore the waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge.
Located on the northern rim of Oregon, the Columbia River Gorge is a spectacular place to visit. The huge, dramatic canyon is full of countless beautiful waterfalls -- some hidden, some in plain sight. You could spend days hiking from magical waterfall to magical waterfall. Here's a photo of the jawdropping Multnomah Falls, which just so happens to be the second tallest year-round waterfall in the country.
10. Walk the dusty streets of Oregon's most incredible ghost town, Shaniko.
Located in Wasco County, Shaniko is an amazing ghost town that is very much intact to this day. History lives on in this mostly-abandoned town, which is complete with numerous abandoned buildings, the rusting ruins of old cars, a museum, and more.
9. Tour the covered bridges of Cottage Grove.
The charming town of Cottage Grove is known as the Covered Bridge Capitol of Oregon. See all 6 bridges for yourself on a gorgeous driving or biking tour through the countryside.
8. Hike the Trail of Ten Falls at Silver Falls State Park.
Silver Falls State Park is a stunning place full of lush foliage, dramatic canyons, and majestic waterfalls. One of the very best ways to experience the beauty of this unique state park is taking the Trail of Ten Falls trek, which, as its name suggests, leads past (and sometimes behind) ten gorgeous waterfalls. For less avid hikers, there are plenty of shorter hikes through the area, as well as a lovely campsite and rustic cabins where you can stay overnight.
7. Experience the metropolitan lifestyle of Portland.
Located in Northwest Oregon, the wonderful city of Portland has something for everyone. You can experience the delicious food scene, check out the art museum, explore Washington Park, shop around at the Saturday Market, and so much more in this vibrant, unique city.
6. Go rock climbing at Smith Rock State Park.
Located in central Oregon near the city of Bend, Smith Rock is an incredible state park full of stunning geological formations, hiking trails, and more. The park is well-known for its amazing rock climbing spots, but it's also a great place to camp, stargaze, or simply see the sights.
5. Experience the one of a kind Pendleton Round-Up.
Every year, the historic town of Pendleton hosts the Pendleton Round-Up, a wonderful week-long festival featuring rodeos, music, vendors, pageants, pow-wows, and more.
4. Visit the Painted Hills.
The Painted Hills are an amazing unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Located in Wheeler County, this natural wonder is completely otherworldly; taking a walk through the ancient, colorful landscape will make you feel like you're on another planet entirely.
3. Have an unforgettable beach day at Cannon Beach.
I believe that every Oregonian should see the iconic Haystack Rock at some point in their life. Cannon Beach is one of many gorgeous places to visit on the Oregon coast, and it's a perfect location for a lovely beach day (or extended vacation).
2. Take a walk through the Oregon Caves.
Located in southwestern Oregon, the Oregon Caves National Monument is a unique hidden gem. A mile-long path leads through the incredible cave, adorned with thousands of astounding stalactites and stalagmites. You'll never forget a trip to this otherworldly place. To make a weekend trip out of it, book a room at the historic Oregon Caves Chateau.
1. Spend a weekend tasting wine in the Willamette Valley.
Home to over 500 vineyards and wineries, the Willamette Valley is Oregon's very own wine country. For a relaxing vacation, book a room at a local B&B and spend a few days exploring the beautiful countryside, tasting some of the best wines in all of Oregon.