Known as the "Beaver State", Oregon is a dramatic land of refuge. Right after it became part of the United Sates of America in 1859, it was a refuge from slavery disputes by declaring itself as a "whites only" state. Today, it serves as a place of refuge for dreamers and outdoor enthusiasts looking for a place where life's simple pleasures can be enjoyed at its fullest.
From its rugged coastlines to volcanic mountains, crystal-clear lakes, rivers and forests that stretch as far as the eye can see, Oregon offers many amazing outdoor opportunities.
Top Oregon Attractions
Throughout the State
Oregon Whitewater Adventures - Go whitewater rafting through the heart of Oregon. There are rivers for every skill level. You can choose rafting trips lasting half of a day to a 7-day rafting adventure.
- Hells Canyon National Recreation Area - Hugging the borders of northeastern Oregon and western Idaho Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge on the North American Continent. Scenic vistas that rival any on the continent, world-class whitewater boating, spectacular mountain peaks, vast reaches of remote wilderness for hiking or horseback riding. Diverse and abundant wildlife. Artifacts from prehistoric tribes and rustic remains of early miners and settlers...Hells Canyon National Recreation Area truly offers something for everyone, and much to remember. Check out Hat Point Overlook which offers spectacular views of the canyon and Snake River. It's accessible via Hat Point Road which starts in Imnaha. You'll need a four wheel drive vehicle as it's a 24 mile dirt road to get to the overlook. Also drive the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, a five-hour scenic tour from Baker City to La Grande and do a boat trip from Hells Canyon Dam.
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- Oregon Coast Highway, Highway 101, Oregon's coast plays host to everything from old growth forests to massive sand dunes, secluded beaches to dramatic ocean side cliffs, sea lions and whales to black bears. One of the many highlights of the Oregon coastline is its capes - Cape Meares, Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda - all part of the Three Capes Scenic Drive. Not surprisingly there are many other must-see stops along the way. For more details on exploring Oregon Coast Highway read Camping Road Trip along The Scenic Oregon Coast Highway that includes two and four day itineraries on the best things to see and do.
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- Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area - After millions of years of wind sweeping the sand, beautiful sand dunes have formed along the Oregon Coast. These are the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America. You can have plenty of fun riding off-road vehicles on the sand, as well as hiking, fishing, canoeing and horseback riding.
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- Oregon Undersea Gardens - Home to the largest collection of marine life seen anywhere. Don't miss their dive shows, which offer a fantastic blend of action, narration and special effects that you and your kids would love.
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- Silver Falls State Park - This state park is known for its awesome hiking trails and scenic waterfalls. There are over 24 miles of walking trails, 14 miles of horse trails, and 4 miles of bike paths. There are 10 waterfalls in the park, with the most popular being South Falls.
You can stay at the campground in Silver Falls State Park or any of the campgrounds and RV Parks nearby.
- West Coast Game Park Safari - The West Coast Game Park is one of the top attractions for families visiting Oregon. Here, you and your family get to meet, pet, film and walk side by side with hundreds of different wildlife species with no fences or gates in between you. It's the closest experience to an African safari without ever leaving the country
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- The Cove Palisades State Park - It is located on the waters and surrounding lands of Lake Billy Chinook, where the Crooked, Deschutes, and Metolius Rivers meet. Lake Billy Chinook lies in canyons carved by the three rivers and offers ten miles of hiking trails, fishing and boating. There are two campgrounds in the State Park; The Cove Palisades State Park Crooked River Campground and The Cove Palisades State Park Deschutes Campground or you can stay at a campground nearby.
- Deschutes National Forest - Within this national forest there is the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, which contains cinder cones, lava flows, and lava tubes. There are over 250 known caves in the forest, as well as five wilderness areas and six National Wild and Scenic Rivers. You can fill your day with activities such as boating, fishing, wildlife watching, hiking and biking. Also there is the 66-miles Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, a scenic drive through a range of dormant volcanoes, pine packed forests, past beautiful lakes and flower filled meadows.
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- High Desert Museum - 135 acres indoor-outdoor exhibits exploring the culture, history, art and wildlife of the Columbia River Plateau and Great Basin. Nature trails past wildlife means you get to see up close porcupines, otters, reptiles, eagles, falcons, and owls. Also you can learn about Forestry and tour a pioneer homestead and working sawmill with costumed guides. Indoors there is a recreated mining town of Silver City and Native American exhibits to explore.
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- Smith Rock State Park - If you love rock climbing, don't miss out on this state park. Smith Rock is known as the birthplace of modern American sport climbing. In addition to rock climbing, there are several miles of hiking trails and a few views of the volcanic peaks of Oregon's Cascade Range.
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Must Visit Events in Oregon
- Chemult Sled Dog Races, Chemult - Series of sled dog races with different number of dogs, and events. There are special events for the kids including a snowman making contest, a coloring contest and a Peewee race: One kid, one sled, one dog in a 25 yard dash just for the thrill of it.
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- Newport Seafood and Wine Festival, Newport - Held the last weekend in February, Pacific Northwest Wineries pour the finest of wines and culinary professionals serve sea food cuisines to entice your palates. Also artists and craftsmen showcase a variety of fine art, sculpture, photography, pottery, and jewelry.
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- Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland - The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is the oldest and largest gathering of professional theaters in the country. In addition to performing some of the most loved plays of The Bard, a host of other plays from different parts of the world are also performed simultaneously in three different theaters.
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May / June
- Sandcastle Festival, Cannon Beach - Kick off the summer months by heading over to the beach to witness some of the best sandcastle builders and sculptures in this side of the country. At night, enjoy some live entertainment amidst a giant bonfire.
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- Tigard Festival of Balloons, Tigard - Morning balloon launches, live music, rib and corn eating contests, beer garden, carnival, car show, youth soccer contest, gametime fun zone for the kids, night time lighting of the balloons and more.
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- Oregon Brewers Festival, Portland - Drink more than 80 different craft beers from around the country whilst listening to a live band with the back drop of Mount Hood and Portland city center. The event features live music, beer-related vendors, beer memorabilia displays, beer writers and publishers, homebrewing demonstrations, and an assortment of foods from a variety of regions.
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- Philomath Frolic & Rodeo, Philomath - Held on the second full weekend in July and offers beef & chicken barbecues, The Kids' and Main Street Parades, crafts booths, food booths, drill team performances, dances, carnival rides, an Old Fashion Fiddle Jam, live music and many rodeo events that makes this a fun-filled weekend.
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