A travel guide to Oregon, United States of America providing Oregon tourism and travel information.
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Overview

Oregon is best known for its multitude of breathtaking landscapes: lush forested mountains, tranquil rugged beaches, natural volcanic formations, world-renowned vineyards, and bustling sophisticated cities beckon travellers seeking all kinds of adventures.  Portland is the state’s best-kept secret, an enormous city that offers a range of attractions including museums, fabulous shopping, theater and dance productions, innovative cuisine and professional sporting events. The nearby Columbia Gorge-Mount Hood region is home to Multnomah Falls, the second largest waterfall in the United States, and provides an incredible array of recreational opportunities. The cities of Eugene and Salem are part of the Willamette Valley, and the Central Cascades with plenty of mountains, rivers, and parks are also found in this region. Oregon boasts 400 miles of strikingly diverse Pacific coastline and unique ecosystems, and the entire coastal area features countless seaside parks, hidden beaches, charming small towns, unbelievable panoramic ocean vistas and a multitude of entertainment activities. Eastern Oregon is home to a number of volcanic formations including iconic Crater Lake National Park and the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.

The main attractions of Oregon’s Central Cascades are Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Three Sisters Wilderness, and Deschutes National Forest. This range spans over 700 miles and includes famous Mt. St. Helens in Washington. Outdoor adventurers can choose from camping, hiking, skiing at Mt. Bachelor Ski Area, or take a relaxing soak in a natural hot spring at Breitenbush in Detroit or Terwilliger Hot Springs in Blue River. The town of Bend is the most convenient place from which to explore the area. 

Crater Lake, known for its vibrant, deep blue color, was formed from the implosion of a now-dormant volcano about 7,000 years ago, and is the deepest lake in the United States. Oregon’s only national park is located on almost 200,000 acres surrounding the lake.  Several boat tours are offered daily for sightseeing, and the park is best explored via Rim Drive, a 33-mile loop leading visitors to countless scenic overlooks and trailheads. The park offers accommodation in the form of campsites, cabins, or the park’s historic mountain lodge.

The Oregon coastline is famous for its unbelievable scenery and wide, windswept beaches along the Pacific coast. Oregon’s beaches maintain an untouched, unspoiled feeling, without overemphasizing commercial attractions. Maritime museums including the Oregon Coast History Center and the Garibaldi Museum pass on the local history and legends with entertaining, interactive exhibits. Oregon’s main coastal cities are Seaside, Newport, Lincoln City, Coos Bay, and Brookings. At popular destinations such as Historic Nye Beach and Cannon Beach, the emphasis is on the natural beauty of the landscape. Cannon Beach is one of the most enchanting spots on the coastline, nestled at the bottom of a towering cliff between the ocean and the coast mountain range. Haystack Rock rests just off the shoreline, one of the state’s most photographed landmarks. Nearby a number of oceanfront accommodations make a perfect base for the area’s recreational opportunities: swimming, surfing, fishing, biking, and golfing.  Guided horseback tours of the beaches and surrounding area are available. Ecola State Park and Oswald West State Park provide extensive trail systems for hikers, bikers, and trail riders. The town boasts a lively arts scene with a number of galleries and boutiques showcasing photography, paintings, sculpture, and art glass.


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