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8 Places in Oregon You Have to Explore at Least Once!

1. Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, a few miles north of Brookings, is a long 12-mile thickly forested stretch with a few small sand beaches. But this amazing section of the southern Oregon coast will blow you away with its gorgeous rock formations, crashing waves, old-growth forests, and serene coves. For directions and more information visit the website here.

2. The Wallowa Mountains and Wallowa Valley

The Wallowa Mountains, a mountain range located in the Columbia Plateau of northeastern Oregon is absolutely stunning, with rolling hills, rugged peaks, wildlife, beautiful lakes, a gondola, and more. The opportunities for exploring here are almost endless. For directions and more information visit the website here.

3. Columbia River Gorge

There are endless possibilities for unforgettable adventures in the Columbia River Gorge. This beautiful stretch of nature on the northern border of Oregon is full of amazing trails, rivers, canyons, vistas, and hundreds of breathtaking waterfalls, including the famous Multnomah Falls. Just a short drive from Portland, you’ll find the amazing view from Crown Point, where you can see the mighty Columbia nestled in the Gorge unfurl before your very eyes. For directions and more information visit the website here.

4. Trillium Lake

Located in the stunning Mt Hood National Forest is the breathtaking Trillium Lake. This large alpine lake is surrounded by evergreen forests and its serene water reflects the massive peak of Mt Hood. Here you’ll find opportunities for camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, kayaking, and more. For directions and more information visit the website here.

5. Three Sisters Wilderness

This stunning wilderness area is located in the Cascade Range. The hundreds of miles of trails that weave through the area past stunning peaks, forests, lava fields, glaciers, majestic lakes, and more. Three Sisters Wilderness area covers 281,190 total acres and there are approximately 260 miles of trail within the wilderness. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail traverses the wilderness for 40 miles. For directions and more information visit the website here.

6. Crater Lake


This stunning lake is located in the caldera of a dormant volcano, and its pure, stunningly blue basin is the deepest in the country. There are lots of opportunities for adventure here, whether it’s sightseeing, hiking, taking a boat tour, camping, or driving along the scenic Rim Drive. For directions and more information visit the website here.

7. The Painted Hills

Oregon’s Painted Hills are like nothing else in the state. This colorful landscape located in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is made up of ancient, rolling hills layered with colorful minerals and soils that make them look absolutely out of this world. Trails wind through the area to give visitors an unforgettable view of this mesmerizing place. For directions and more information visit the website here.

8. Ecola State Park


The beautiful Ecola State Park is made up of a spectacular stretch of the coast, and offers some of the most iconic views of the Oregon coast. There are sandy coves, forest trails, rugged seascapes, and amazing viewpoints like the one photographed above. For directions and more information visit the website here.

 

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