Travel Guide: Oregon State

Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest of the United States that is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the north by Washington, on the south by California, on the east by Idaho, and on the southeast by Nevada. It was inhabited by many indigenous tribes before Western traders, explorers, and settlers arrived. By 1859 it had become the 33rd state of the United States. Oregon's landscape is diverse, with a windswept Pacific coastline; a volcano-studded Cascade Range; abundant bodies of water in and west of the Cascades; dense green forests at lower elevations; and a high desert spanning across much of its east all the way to the Great Basin. It's a nature lovers paradise!

EXPLORER FACTS

  1. Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state.
  2. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and is formed in the remains of an ancient volcano.
  3. The nation's most photographed lighthouse is the Heceta Head Lighthouse located in Lane County.
  4. At 11,239 ft. Mount Hood stands as the tallest peak in Oregon. Mount Hood is a dormant volcano.
  5. Discovered in 1874 the caves located in Oregon Caves National Monument are carved within solid marble.

CITIES TO VISIT

PortlandThe 28th most populous city in the United States and the largest city in Oregon. What makes Portland such a likable city is its wealth of culture and never-ending culinary choices, its close proximity to the ocean and mountains, or simply the beauty of having all these things in one place.

Salem | The capital of Oregon and one of its oldest city's, located just an hour outside of Portland. Named after the Hebrew word "shalom," meaning peace, Salem provides visitors with exactly that! As well as an abundant of historic sites to explore and plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Eugene | A diverse and eclectic city situated in the southern end of the Willamette Valley between two buttes, alongside the scenic Willamette River. Eugene integrates the lush natural surroundings through extensive parks and path systems, so no matter where you stay in the city, you're immersed in the beauty of the great Northwest. It's no wonder that Eugene is known as a great city for the arts and outdoors.

Bend | Nicknamed the "outdoor playground of the West" for good reasons, Bend is world famous for both its outdoor living and pristine beauty. You can catch an art exhibit, dine at an award-winning restaurant, spoil yourself at one of their many spas, or trek the legendary Bend Ale Trail, the largest beer trail in the West.

NATURAL WONDERS

Crater Lake National Park | A Lake formed by the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama. There is no other place on earth that combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and the water is some of the purest in the world.

Multnomah Falls | Located just a 30 minute drive outside of Portland is Oregon's tallest waterfall Multnomah Falls. It's a 611 foot tall roaring, awe-inspiring cascade of ice-cold water, that lets anyone experience the power and beauty of mother nature up close and with ease. You can either marvel up at the majestic waterfall from the base; just a short walk from the parking lot, or hike a mile up to the top and enjoy some of the best views of the Columbia Gorge.

Painted Hills (John Day Fossil Beds) | The Painted Hills are one of three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. They are the crown jewels of this region mainly because of their spectacular colors and sublime patterns that have been painted by Mother Nature.

Cannon Beach | Located on the Pacific Northwest Coast of Oregon, 80 miles west of Portland and 25 miles south of Astoria. Cannon Beach is surrounded by the rugged natural beauty of forests, ocean beaches, rivers, and the Oregon Coast Mountain range. With its distinctive Haystack Rock and Needles marking its shoreline, Cannon Beach has become one of Oregon's most picturesque destinations attracting more than 750,000 visitors annually.

Mt. Hood | Oregon's tallest mountain and the closest Cascade peak to Portland. Mount Hood is a recreational paradise 12 months a year. It offers hiking trails, lakes and rivers, and year-round skiing, which makes Mt. Hood one of the most appealing natural attractions in the state.

THINGS TO DO IN OREGON

  1. Get lost inside a 3-story city block of books. Whether you're looking for a top-selling crime novel or a rare cookbook, it can all be found inside the massive Powell's City of Books in Portland.
  2. Try a pint or three at one of the many microbreweries throughout the state. Better yet, try a sampler! After all, Oregon is known as the utopia of beer for a reason.
  3. Cure your sweet tooth with a bacon maple bar donut from Portland's famous Voodoo Doughnuts!
  4. Get out and immerse yourself in nature! Gaze up at the tallest waterfall in Oregon, Multnomah Falls, it'll leave you speechless.
  5. Sip a cup of tea inside the tranquil Lan Su Chinese Garden. One of the most authentic Chinese gardens outside of China that sits smack dab in the middle of downtown Portland.