For people who traveled in Northwestern America, Oregon is a state that shouldn’t be missed. With half of the state’s land under the jurisdiction of the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, the Willamette Valley is considered one of most fertile regions in the Northwest. Wine making has been part of this region in recent years, and you’d be remiss not to visit one of the beautiful wineries and sample a rich Pinot noir or chilled Riesling. The cities of Eugene and Corvallis are located in this area and provide bike paths around the universities. One attraction for theater lovers is the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland where many of the Old English plays are performed in period replica theater.
Moving south, you can fish for some trout in Crater Lake which is reportedly the deepest freshwater lake in North America. View the beautiful vistas of the Cascade Mountain range, then visit some of the Central region’s stunning national parks where outdoor activities are plentiful. A key attraction is the Newberry Volcanic Flow Monument which contains an abundance of obsidian crystals and geodes.
Eastern Oregon has long been a part of American history due to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Lighthouses dot the coast and are a must see attraction. The Oregon coast boasts mild temperatures nearly year round, which make whale watching an ideal activity. Hell’s Canyon offers white water rafting for the adventurous. After a busy day, make sure to stop for amazing fresh seafood caught straight from the Pacific.
Before traveling to Portland, stop in the Hood River Valley where Mount Hood and The Columbia Gorge provide a wonderful photo opportunity. The beautiful Columbia River winds through this area as you head to Portland. The Portland Metro is a vibrant place where a multitude of artistic and cultural activities can be found. Take in an art exhibit at the Portland Art Museum, or stroll through the Victorian architecture of the Pittman Mansion.
Many family friendly activities are also found in Oregon. The Oregon Zoo with its vast array of animals is an experience that never fails to please. Peace and tranquility reign supreme at the Portland Classical Chinese Garden with its ponds and flowering cherry trees. Those of all ages will enjoy the music of the Oregon Symphony at the Portland Performance Center of the Arts.
Oregon offers incredible natural beauty with a vast array of activities. From the charm of its small towns to its gorgeous coastline, stunning mountains, and bustling cities, Oregon has something for everyone. Indulge your adventurous side and make Oregon your next vacation destination