Best Places to Visit in Oregon
Traveler’s bucket list: Wonderful places in Oregon
Sitting on Pacific Ocean south of Washington, Oregon is a lush state with many scenic tourist attractions. This, 10th largest state in US, is most geographically diverse states in US and landscape ranges from thick evergreen forests and rugged coastline to fossil-strewn deserts, barren, glaciers and volcanoes. With many cultural venues, the city exemplifies beauty of wildness of America’s Pacific. Whether strolling through rose garden, rambling along rocky beach, its natural attractions are simply mind-blowing. It is also home to single largest organism in the world – Armillaria ostoyae. Here’s list of places to visit in Oregon:
Located on the eastern edge of Cascade Range, Bend is a city edged by a ski hills, national forests and dry plains. The city has High Desert Museum with informative displays about regions to northwest. Some of outdoor activities to do here are skiing at Mount Bachelor Ski Area, rafting trips on Deschutes River and excursions to volcanic landscapes of Newberry National Volcanic Monument and Lava Butte. Additionally, Smith Rock is famous rock-climbing destination among climbers for its routes and long history. Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway is a route in Deschutes National Forest which passes mountains, lakes and spectacular scenery.
- Crater Lake National Park
With unique landscape, Crater Lake National Park is located in Cascade Mountains in Oregon and is spread in 183,224 acres. It is fifth-oldest national park in US and only national park in Oregon. The park has caldera of Crater Lake, Mount Mazama – remnant of destroyed volcano and surrounding hills and forests. The lake is 1,949 feet deep, which makes it deepest lake in US. At short distance from crater, there is Rim Drive which circles the lake in clockwise direction.
- Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is a popular recreational destination. It follows course of Columbia River and cuts through Cascade Mountain Range. Formed by river, gorge is famous for its scenic views and numerous waterfalls including Multnomah Falls which is second highest waterfall in country. The area offers wide range of outdoor activities including trails for biking and hiking and camping area. Additionally, the area is known for its high concentration of waterfalls, with over 90 on Oregon side.
- Cannon Beach
Famous beach and tourist resort, Cannon Beach offers spectacular views of coastal rocks and wide stretch of sand. The largest of these is Hay Stack Rock, which is one of largest monoliths in the world. Due to its proximity to Portland, it is known as weekend spot for locals. Nearby this beach is another famous resort town –Astoria which lies 20 miles north. The town is important as location of Lewis and Clark National Historic Park – a replica of Fort Clatsop. There are igneous rock with elevation of 235 feet and accessible at low tide.
- Washington Park
Washington Park is urban park which includes forestry museum, zoo, rose garden, children’s museum, Japanese garden, memorials, amphitheater, archery, picnic area and more. The park covers more than 410 acres on wooded hillsides and has popular International Rose Test Garden. Other highlights include Wildwood trail, Washington Park Amphitheater, Hoyt Arboretum, Washington Park and Zoo Railway, Oregon Zoo, Portland Japanese Garden, Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial, World Forestry Center Discovery Museum, Washington Park Station, Portland Children’s Museum and Oregon Holocaust Memorial.
- Mount Hood National Forest
Mount Hood National Forest is located 62 miles east of city. It has Mount Hood – stratovolcano and peak rises 11,239 feet making it highest mountain in the state. The forest is spread in 4,318 KM2 and is divided into four districts Barlow, Hood River, Zigzag and Clackamas River. The forest was awarded with quarter under America the Beautiful Quarters program. Additionally, it is one of the most visited National Forests in US with more than four million visitors. The forest has 170 developed recreation sites, including Lost Lake, Timberline Lodge, Burnt Lake, Trillium Lake, Timothy Lake, and more.
- Oregon Caves National Monument
Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve is a protected area in Oregon. Spread in 4,554 acres, it has marble cave, accessible only in guided tours. It is solutional cave with passages about 15,000 feet formed in marble. Other activities available at the park are hiking, cave touring, wildlife viewing and photography. The monument consists of 484 acres and sits at 4,000 feet elevation in Siskiyou Mountains. It has more than 50 paleontological sites ranging in age from Late Pleistocene to Holocene.
- Oregon Coast Trail
Oregon Coast Trail is long-distance hiking route -382 miles along Pacific coast. The difficulty of this trail ranges from easy to moderate. Adventurer travelers are attracted to this place for rock formations, wide ocean views and sandy beaches. Main feature of trail are public beaches created in 1967. There are many points of entry which allows easy access to sections of trail.