Oregon July 20, 2017
11 Underrated Oregon Towns That Deserve A Second Look
When it comes to Oregon, larger cities like Portland get most of the media’s attention. However, the Beaver State is full of unique towns that are a little more “off the beaten path”, and make for perfect getaway destinations. From charming seaside villages to remote small towns, here are 11 wonderful (and often overlooked) towns in Oregon that are absolutely worth a visit:
This secluded town in Northeastern Oregon is downright breathtaking.
is tucked into the foothills of the Wallowa Mountains and is just a short distance from the amazing Wallowa Lake. The picturesque downtown is full of charming shops and cafes, and the streets are adorned with amazing bronze sculptures.
Despite that fact that many people have never heard of it, the town of
is a gorgeous hidden gem that's known as the gateway to Silver Falls State Park. It's also home to the Oregon Garden, an enchanting 80 acre botanical garden, as well as lovely creekside cafes, restaurants, and shops.
Nestled into the amazing Central Oregon landscape,
is a beautiful town with a population of roughly 2,000. This small town is surrounded by miles and miles of stunning scenery and is full to the brim with Western charm.
is a downright enchanting coastal town where you can have all kinds of adventures, from visiting the world's largest sea cave to shopping at a boardwalk market. This charming oceanfront town is full of incredible restaurants, shops, art galleries, and more.
Full of amazing buildings from the gold rush era, the entire downtown district of
is a certified National Historic Landmark. This fascinating little town is a great place to visit, especailly if you're a history buff.
This lovely little village on the Oregon Coast is just a small speck on the map, but
is full to the brim with wonderful attractions and amazing scenery.
5. Baker City
Located in Eastern Oregon,
is a gorgeous, old-timey small town with wonderful art walks, festivals, horse-drawn carriages, restaurants, shops, historic buildings, and more.
Located in Linn County, Brownsville is a unique town with a population of less than 2,000. This lovely little town is off the beaten path and is full of gorgeous historic buildings. It also happens to be where the movie 'Stand By Me' was filmed.
Bandon (population 3,037) is a stunning small town on the Oregon coast with a beautiful beach, a vibrant downtown, a lighthouse, and more.
Nestled into the John Day Basin, Fossil is a teensy tiny town with a population of only 449. Fossil's charm -- paired with its proximity to amazing natural wonders like the Painted Hills -- makes it a great place to visit for those who want a true small town experience.
Located at the mouth of the Columbia River, this historic waterfront town is a fabulous place for a day trip or weekend getaway. You can ride a vintage trolley, eat amazing seafood, sip beer on a pier, visit museums, and more in
How many of these lovely towns have you visited? Did we leave out your favorite? Let us know in the comments.
If you’re interested in Oregon’s picturesque small towns, you’ll love our
Oregon small town road trip.