From stunning natural wonders to incredible local produce, the quirky state of Oregon has so much to offer travellers. Including the 7 Wonders of Oregon:
Columbia River Gorge
Cleanly dividing Oregon and Washington is the spectacular Columbia River Gorge, which was carved some 15,000 years ago by Cataclysmic glaciers and floods.
Driving east from Portland on 1-84 (or on the scenic Historic Columbia River Hwy) has you passing high waterfalls and nearly vertical mountain walls, all the while paralleling the mighty Columbia
Oregon Coastline - 'The Coast'
The coastline of Oregon is line with hiking trails, lighthouses and some of the best golf courses in the world. But of all the wonderful things about the Coast, the best is that all 363 miles are free and open for all to take in the rugged landscape and windswept beaches.
Surrounded by cliffs almost 2,000 feet high and boasting a picturesque island of a violent volcanic past, Crater Lake is also home to hikes in old-growth forest and cross-country ski trips in the winter months. It is also the deepest lakes in America making the rich tone of the water a deep blue because of it's staggering depths.
As well as attracting thousands of climbers from around the globe to explore these towering spires of volcanic rocks, hikers and mountain bikers come to see these cliffs and explore the nearby routes and walks. The park also offers opportunities to spot the natural wildlife including golden eagles, prairie falcons, river otters and beavers.
The hills get their name from the delicately coloured stratification in the soil and the yellow, golds, blacks and reds of the Painted Hills are best seen in the late afternoon. Tones and hue may appear to change from one visit to another, as the claystones differ with ever-changing light and moisture levels.
Surrounded by the remote Eagle Cap Wilderness, glacial lakes, working ranches and the wide open spaces of Eastern Oregon, The Wallowas are one of Oregon's most beautiful secrets. Including Ghost Towns from the 19th century gold rush, the art filled town of Joseph, The Oregon Trail, Wallowa Lake and Hells Canyon.
The state's highest peak, Mt Hood pops into view over much of northern Oregon whenever there's a sunny day, exerting an almost magnetic tug on skiers, hikers and sightseers. The second most climbed mountain in the world, Mt.Hood is crowned by 11 glaciers and is home to the only year-round ski resort in North America.