Oregon is an incredibly diverse state. It has beautiful scenery, rich culture, and lots to do. In this serene pacific northwestern state, you will find gorgeous beaches, snowy mountains, and bustling cities. So, want to visit Oregon, but don’t know where to start? Here are 5 must-see places to visit in Oregon.
Portland: Portland is truly the heart of Oregon. It is known for its religious diversity, excellent restaurants, environmentally friendly attitude, and openness to other cultures. To get a real feel for Portland, you’ll want to head downtown, to Portland’s famous Pioneer Courthouse Square, where you’ll often find shopping, restaurants, coffee shops, and often live entertainment. Portland is also known for its independent theater companies. So, if you’re interested in going to see a play, check out Portland’s premiere theater company: Portland Center Stage; and if you’re a basketball fan, be sure to catch a Trail Blazers game at the Rose garden Arena.
Mount Hood: This beautiful, snow covered mountain is one of Oregon’s biggest tourist attractions. Located approximately 1 hour east of Portland, it is a great place to ski, hike, snowboard, sled, or just relax by the fire for a weekend. Mount Hood is famous for the Timberline Lodge, a hotel/hostel that provides affordable lodging, outdoor activities, and never ending fun for its guests. If you love the outdoors, and are interested in exploring Oregon’s natural beauty, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Mount Hood!
Cannon Beach: If you’re looking for warm water and the opportunity to get a sun tan, then let’s face it: the Oregon coast is probably not the right vacation spot. However, the beaches in Oregon do have plenty to offer. One of the most visited coastal towns in Oregon is Cannon Beach: an adorable little community located 1.5-2 hours from Portland. Cannon Beach has lots of shopping, ice cream shops, incredible restaurants, and stunning beaches. During the summer months, you can relax in your swimsuit and frolic in the surf. Cannon Beach is also known for Haystack Rock, a huge rock that sits only yards from the shoreline.
The Columbia River Gorge: The Columbia River Gorge is a truly magnificent place to visit. You can hike up to viewpoints and look down over the water, visit one or two of the lakes that surround the gorge, take a boat ride down the Columbia, or visit one of the many waterfalls that the Gorge has to offer. There are numerous hotels and lodges in the CRG, with beautiful views, and excellent restaurants. Of all the glorious places you can visit in Oregon, this is one of the most incredible. It showcases the scenery, nature, and wildlife that Oregon is known for, and is just MINUTES from Portland.
Overall, Oregon is a fantastic place to visit; with excellent food, beautiful scenery, nice people, fascinating museums, and a lively, diverse city with lots to do. So come see all that Oregon has to offer!