9 Best Things To Do in Oregon
Considered to be one of the most beautiful states in the USA, Oregon has a lot to offer. It's the perfect place to go if you are looking for an unforgettable family holiday but it is also ideal if you are a solo traveler. No matter your type of traveling here are some of the best things you can do in Oregon::
1. Thor’s Well
What is Thor’s Well? Though it has many nicknames, including “the drainpipe of the Pacific,” it doesn’t actually suck away the ocean. In simple terms, it’s just a deep hole in the middle of a rocky outcropping. The waves slam into the rocks; the water goes flying in every direction; the hole appears to act as a drain, emptying the area until the next wave. People come from all over to photograph Thor’s Well. It’s proof of nature’s fury in action, and it’s easily one of the coolest places in Oregon.
2. Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls is a well-known landmark in Oregon and the state’s most popular attraction. You really can’t visit Oregon and not tick this place off your Oregon bucket list! There is a bridge that spans the waterfall's first-tier called Benson Bridge. From the Benson Bridge, you get some great views of the top of the falls, and is a good spot for picture taking. If you would like to continue further, you can hike all the way to the top of the falls from here.
3. John Day Fossil Beds
Covering almost 14,000 acres, the John Day Fossil Beds are a staggering example of desert beauty. There are red cliffs and dry, cracked canyons; there are colorful badlands and prickly desert shrubs that can survive anything. The fossil beds contain the last remnants of plants and animals that lived in Oregon millions of years ago. They’re one of the major points of interest in the area, and they attract thousands of visitors each year.
4. Portland Japanese Garden
Portland Japanese Garden is actually a series of gardens: some of them have ponds and streams filled with koi fish; others have ferns, flowers, stones, shrubs, and water wheels like a real zen garden. The architecture is inspired by temples and traditional Minka houses. Lanterns light the walking paths. If you like cultural activities, there are fun events hosted at the Portland Japanese Garden, too. From tea ceremonies to woodblock exhibitions, you can fully embrace the art, music, nature, and folklore of Japan.
5. Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Located in the city of Ashland, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is an old-school repertory theater that’s been around since the 1930s. It hosts dozens of performances per week and hundreds per year; at any given time, there are at least five shows on the roster. However, they don’t limit themselves to Shakespeare. The Bard is their favorite, of course, but they also have plays and productions for everything from Greek tragedies to Spanish comedies. They’ll even throw in the occasional blockbuster show from a well-known Broadway title. The performances are all given in an outdoor, open-air theater. During the day, the sun shines on the actors; at night, the stage lights up with a warm golden glow.
6. Crater Lake National Park
As the only national park in Oregon, Crater Lake National Park draws visitors from all over the northwestern United States. Thousands of years ago, a volcano erupted so spectacularly that it formed a crater plunging 2,000 feet into the earth; now that crater is filled with water, and it’s one of the deepest lakes in the world. It’s become a hot spot for summertime activities like swimming, fishing, camping, and boating. Sightseeing is also popular at the park. Hikers can enjoy trails and rock pillars; families can frolic among the flowers in gardens and secluded coves.
7. Mount Hood
There are dozens of mountain ranges in Oregon, but Mount Hood is one of the best. In the winter, you can enjoy just about every snow sport under the sun, including skiing, sledding, and snowboarding. In the summer, after all of the icicles have melted from the trees, the forests become gorgeous places for hiking and camping.
8. Sea Lion Caves
The Sea Lion Caves are one of the world's largest sea grotto’s and the only known mainland rookery of the Steller Sea Lion. The caves are a connected system of many caves and caverns open to the Pacific Ocean which you can find 11 miles north of Florence on Highway 101.
9. Cannon Beach
If you visit Oregon, you cannot go until you see Cannon Beach. The charming town with its beautiful seaside cottages was listed as one of the top 100 most beautiful destinations in the world by National Geographic in 2013. Cannon Beach and adjacent Ecola State Park have appeared in several films including The Goonies, Twilight, and Point Break.