When you picture Oregon beaches, rocky coastlines and dramatic landscapes probably come to mind. Find this and more at Cannon Beach where you can spend time exploring the area’s many hiking trails and fine-art galleries while sampling organic coffee, local wines, and fresh-caught seafood.
Columbia River Gorge
Take in nature’s beauty while getting adventurous with a variety of water and wind-sports at this impressive landmark. Enjoy spectacular vistas thanks to the towering cliffs which rise on each side of the Columbia River, plus you can also explore the area’s growing wine-making, craft-brewing, and culinary scenes.
Just 60 miles east of Portland lies the state’s highest mountain. Mt. Hood is the only place in the Lower 48 where you can ski year-round, and it’s also boasts easy access for tons of other outdoor activities. With opportunities to hike, fish, bike, kayak, white water rafting and much more, the possibilities for adventure are endless here.
4 Peaks Music Festival
Held annually in Bend, Oregon, this three day festival transforms the area into a celebration of music and the community of artists that create it. With a family-friendly atmosphere and picturesque backdrop formed by four Cascade Mountain peaks, this festival an ideal destination for your next Oregon road trip.
Yachats Village Mushroom Festival
Who knew fungi could be so much fun? The coastal town of Yachats comes together every October in celebration of all things mushroom during this unique festival. Many festival events are free including the guided mushroom walks, exhibits and cooking demonstrations. Expect to indulge in forest mushroom cuisine, wine and beer tastings and live entertainment while learning all about the fascinating world of fungi.
Sand Master Park
What’s sandboarding? Head to the Oregon coast to find out at the world’s first sandboard park. With forty acres of sculpted sand dunes, this park offers you the chance to try sandboarding yourself with lessons and rental available for everyone from beginners to experts. If sandboarding isn’t your thing, try taking a buggy ride, learning the art of sand sculpting or glass blowing, or take on the dunes in a sled, surfboard or bike for a truly unique adventure.
Tree to Tree Adventure Park
Get an aerial view of Oregon at this park where you can push your limits at more than 60 extreme obstacles like wobbly bridges, balance beams, zip lines and more. From zip line tours to the tree top plunge, this park will take your trip to new heights.
Willamette Valley Wine Country
Near Portland lies a valley that’s a wine lover’s dream. Visit this lush countryside where over 200 wineries await with world class wines including the area’s well known Pinot Noirs, considered by many to be the best in the world outside of Burgundy. Visit tasting rooms and reserve a spot for wine and food pairings that will take your taste buds on a trip to remember.
High Desert Museum
Hands –on activities, an indoor/outdoor zoo and living history characters come together at this unique museum to bring to life the experience and culture of Oregon’s high desert to life. Located in Bend, Oregon, the High Desert museum has something for guests of all ages including the Desertarium which is home to creatures like lizards, snakes and tortoises and an outdoor play area where kids can dig, crawl and climb just like their favorite desert creatures.
Portland Art Museum
The seventh oldest museum in the United States, the Portland Art Museum is home to art that spans from ancient times to today. With a collection of over 42,000 objects, visitors can immerse themselves a vast variety of pieces including photography, Native American art and art specific to the Northwest.
Columbia River Maritime Museum
Maritime history is a vital part of Oregon’s past and present. At this museum located in the town of Astoria where the northern Oregon Coast meets the Columbia River, visitors can tour a fully operational U.S. Coast Guard lightship and experience what it’s like to pilot a tugboat, participate in a Coast Guard rescue on the Columbia River Bar and live in Astoria during the height of salmon fishing. Exhibits explore everything from local shipwrecks and marine life to how the Columbia River has driven the economic and cultural development of the Pacific Northwest.