Oregon

Invites you to embrace the undeniable rugged beauty of its natural landscape

the beaver state

Lush forests, rugged coastline, vibrant cities and outdoor adventures await.
Oregon, nestled in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, offers a multifaceted experience for tourists seeking natural beauty, cultural richness, and outdoor adventures. Its diverse landscape ranges from the rugged coastline of the Pacific Ocean to the majestic peaks of the Cascade Range and the high desert plains of the eastern region.

Start your journey in the gateway city of Portland, featuring Mount Hood as a stunning backdrop. Explore its eclectic neighbourhoods, indulge in farm-to-table dining, and immerse yourself in its vibrant arts scene. Don't miss iconic spots like Powell's City of Books, the Portland Japanese Garden, and the food carts scattered throughout the city.

Venture beyond Portland to discover Oregon's natural wonders. Along the coast visit dramatic sea caves and discover charming coastal towns. Inland, explore the lush forests and cascading waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge, or embark on outdoor adventures like whitewater rafting, hiking, and skiing on Mount Hood.

Exolore Willamette Valley, known for its world-class Pinot Noir and picturesque vineyards. Whilst history buffs can visit cities like Ashland, home to the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival, or Salem, the state capital, where you can explore historic sites.

Oregon's welcoming locals, stunning landscapes, and diverse attractions make it an ideal destination for tourists seeking adventure, relaxation, and cultural enrichment.

Things to see & do

Browse through our recommended selection of things to see and do in Oregon. Many of these are included in our suggested itineraries, however, if there is
anything you see that particularly takes your interest, please let us know and we will include it in your holiday package or put you in touch with the right people.

Cannon Beach

West Coast, Oregon

Cannon Beach, nestled along the Oregon coast, is a pristine coastal gem renowned for its rugged beauty and iconic Haystack Rock. With its expansive sandy shores and dramatic sea stacks, it offers breathtaking vistas and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Visitors can stroll along the shoreline, explore tide pools teeming with marine life, or simply relax and soak in the serene coastal ambiance. Cannon Beach's natural splendour and charm make it a beloved destination for beach lovers and nature enthusiasts alike.

Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

With an average depth of 31 metres, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the country. One of Oregon's crown jewels, this natural marvel is s nestled within a volcanic crater and renowned for its azure-hued, crystal-clear water. Formed as a result of a cataclysmic eruption, the lake's extreme clarity blue waters and picturesque surroundings make it a striking sight. Visitors can drive along the rim, hike scenic trails, and learn about the park's geology and ecology - an unforgettable example of nature's beauty.

Oregon Coast Highway 101

Astoria - Brookings, Oregon

A road trip along Oregon Coast Highway 101 offers breathtaking scenery and charming coastal towns. Explore iconic spots like Cannon Beach with Haystack Rock, the dramatic cliffs of Cape Perpetua, and the expansive Oregon Dunes. Visit lighthouses, enjoy fresh seafood in Newport, and watch sea lions in Florence. The route promises stunning ocean views, outdoor adventures, and memorable stops, making it an unforgettable journey through one of America's most beautiful coastlines.

Willamette Valley Vineyard

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Nestled in the heart of Oregon's lush Willamette Valley, the vineyard is renowned mostly for its high-quality Pinot Noir, among other varieties. It provides a picturesque setting that invites visitors to savour award-winning wines while enjoying panoramic views of the rolling hills. Tastings, tours, and seasonal events provide an immersive experience in Oregon wine culture. This vineyard exemplifies the region's commitment to sustainable viticulture and passion for crafting exceptional wines.

Portland Art Museum

Portland, Oregon

Oregon's cultural gem showcases a diverse collection of artistic treasures. Boasting an array of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from various periods and styles, the museum offers a journey through history and creativity. It serves as a cultural hub, fostering appreciation for visual arts through exhibitions, educational programs, and community engagement. With its rich and varied displays, the museum enriches the artistic landscape of the Pacific Northwest.

Experience Live Sport

Portland, Oregon

Experience live sport - the American way! Catch the adrenaline, the cheers, and the thrill of a live game - because experiencing sports the American way is an absolute must! In Portland there are 2 professional franchises to choose from - the Portland Trailblazers NBA team and soccer’s Portland Timber. Chat with Travel USA to score your tickets and we'll look to lock in your seats before you even pack your bags!

Wilsons Ranches

West of Mt Hood, Oregon

Enjoy an authentic western experience amidst the scenic splendour of Central Oregon. Nestled in a picturesque valley, this family-owned ranch invites guests to unwind in cozy accommodations and immerse themselves in ranch life. From horseback riding and cattle herding to stargazing and hiking, there are plenty of activities to enjoy. With warm hospitality and breathtaking views of the high desert landscape, Wilson Ranches Retreat promises an unforgettable getaway in the heart of Oregon. Talk to Travel USA for more details.

Newport Coast Aquarium

Newport, Oregon

Visit this captivating marine wonderland, situated on the stunning Oregon coast. Home to a diverse array of aquatic life, it offers immersive exhibits that showcase the wonders of the ocean. Visitors can view colourful fish, playful sea otters, graceful sharks, and mesmerising jellyfish. Educational programmes and interactive displays provide insights into marine conservation and ecology. With its breathtaking ocean views and engaging exhibits, the Newport Aquarium is a must-visit destination for ocean enthusiasts of all ages.

Dune Buggy Rides

Pacific Coast, Oregon

The Oregon Dunes, a coastal wonder along the Pacific, are a dynamic expanse of shifting sands. Stretching for miles, these dunes offer a unique playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can explore on foot, ATV, or by sand boarding, experiencing the diverse ecosystems within this natural phenomenon. From lush forests to expansive dunes and scenic shoreline, the Oregon Dunes provide a striking blend of landscapes, making it a captivating destination for both relaxation and adventure.

Columbia River Maritime Museum

Astoria, Oregon

A captivating tribute to the maritime history of the region. Featuring interactive exhibits, historic vessels, and artifacts, it offers insight into the rich maritime heritage of the Columbia River and the Pacific Northwest. Visitors can learn about diverse topics including navigation, fishing, and the maritime trade, while gaining a deeper appreciation for the vital role the river has played in shaping the region's identity.

Multnomah Falls

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Multnomah Falls, nestled in the Gorge, is an Instagram moment natural wonder. Cascading from a height of 188 metres, it's a unique two-tiered waterfall surrounded by lush greenery. A picturesque footbridge offers breathtaking views of the falls, making it a popular destination for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike. Its beauty and accessibility make Multnomah Falls a must-visit landmark in the Pacific Northwest, showcasing the region's awe-inspiring landscapes.

Oregon Historical Society

Portland, Oregon

Institute dedicated to preserving and sharing the rich history of Oregon. Through its extensive collections, exhibits, and programmes, the society explores the diverse narratives that have shaped the state. Visitors can delve into Oregon's past, from the native tribes and pioneer settlers to modern developments. With artifacts, photographs, and documents on display, the museum offers a comprehensive look at Oregon’s cultural, political, and social evolution, engaging both locals and tourists.

Willamette Falls

Oregon City and West Linn

This historic natural wonder is known for its powerful, horseshoe-shaped cascade, the second largest waterfall by volume in the US. The falls have been a significant cultural and industrial hub, historically important to Native Americans and later supporting various mills and hydroelectric projects. Ongoing redevelopment aims to enhance public access and environmental restoration, making it a focal point for heritage and natural beauty.

Oregon Sea Caves

West Coast, Oregon

The Oregon Coast is dotted with captivating sea caves, including America's largest, Sea Lion Caves, offering adventurers a glimpse into a hidden world of wonder. Carved by the relentless force of the ocean over centuries, these coastal caverns boast fascinating geological formations and provide shelter to diverse marine life. Exploring these mysterious caves reveals a sense of awe and discovery, as sunlight dances through the openings, illuminating the secrets of the sea. It's a thrilling and unforgettable experience along Oregon's stunning coastline.

Portland Japanese Gardens

Portland, Oregon

A tranquil oasis featuring meticulously manicured landscapes, serene ponds, and authentic Japanese architectural elements. Visitors can wander through lush greenery, admire colourful foliage, and find moments of peace in the garden's Zen-inspired design and enjoy traditional tea ceremonies. Widely considered to be one of the most beautiful Japanese Gardens outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden offers a serene escape for nature and garden lovers alike.

Maritime Museum Waterfront Park

Astoria, Oregon

Situated in a picturesque setting that combines rich maritime history with stunning river views. The park is adjacent to the Columbia River Maritime Museum, which showcases the region's nautical heritage through engaging exhibits, including historic vessels and maritime artefacts. Visitors can stroll along the scenic walkways, enjoy picnics, and watch ships navigate the Columbia River. It's a peaceful retreat for learning about maritime history while absorbing the beauty of the waterfront.

Museum of Science & Industry

Portland, Oregon

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland is a dynamic hub of science and technology exploration. It offers hands-on exhibits, interactive displays, and educational programs for all ages. From astronomy to biology, OMSI engages visitors with a wide range of scientific subjects. Its planetarium, submarine tours, and interactive experiments make it a captivating destination for learning and discovery, fostering a deeper understanding of the wonders of the natural and technological world.

Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River, Oregon

The Columbia River Gorge, a majestic canyon carved by the Columbia River, is a natural wonderland spanning Oregon and Washington. Lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and towering cliffs adorn its rugged landscape. Visitors can hike scenic trails, marvel at iconic landmarks like Multnomah Falls, or enjoy scenic drives along the Historic Columbia River Highway. With its rich biodiversity and awe-inspiring vistas, the Columbia River Gorge offers endless opportunities for outdoor adventure and appreciation of nature's grandeur.

Painted Hills

Oregon

The Painted Hills, located in Oregon's John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, are a mesmerising display of vibrant hues and ancient geological history. Layers of colourful clay soil create a surreal landscape, with shades ranging from deep reds to brilliant yellows. Visitors can explore the trails and viewpoints, marveling at the natural beauty shaped by millions of years of erosion. The Painted Hills offer a unique and awe-inspiring experience of the earth's intricate palette and timeless beauty.

Evergreen Aviation Space Museum

McMinnville, Oregon

This aerospace enthusiast's paradise is home to an impressive collection of aircraft and spacecraft, including the iconic Spruce Goose, offering a wonderful journey through aviation history. Interactive exhibits, flight simulators, and educational programmes provide insights into the world of flight and space exploration. The museum's dedication to preserving and showcasing aerospace achievements makes it a must-visit destination for all ages.

Mt Hood

Northeast of Portland, Oregon

Mount Hood, an iconic stratovolcano in Oregon, stands as the state's highest peak and a recreational haven. Its snow-capped summit is one of Oregon's most well-known landmarks and is a year-round attraction, drawing skiers, snowboarders, and mountaineers. The surrounding national forest offers hiking trails, camping, and stunning alpine vistas. Visible from Portland, Mount Hood's majestic presence graces the landscape and provides a diverse range of outdoor activities, making it a cherished destination for nature enthusiasts and adventurers.

Central Coast Fat Biking

Newport & Florence, Oregon

Fat biking (bicycles with oversized tyres), offers an exhilarating way to explore the diverse landscapes of the state. With its varying terrain, from coastal beaches to mountain trails, Oregon provides endless opportunities for fat biking adventures year-round. Cyclists can traverse sandy shores, tackle snowy paths in the mountains, or ride through lush forests and desert landscapes. Whether seeking adrenaline-pumping rides or leisurely scenic routes, fat biking in Oregon promises unforgettable experiences for riders of all levels.

Powell's City Books

Portland, Oregon

Powell's City Books is one of the largest used and new bookstores in the world, occupying an entire city block and housing approximately one million books amongst its nine colour-coded rooms and 3,500+ sections spanning diverse genres and topics. Powell's City Books invites visitors to get lost in its shelves, discover hidden gems, and immerse themselves in a book lovers paradise. It even houses a one-of-a-kind 'Rare Book' Room housing an impressive collection of autographed first editions and other collectible volumes.

Hike Silver Falls

Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Outdoor lovers should look to include a hike through Silver Falls State Park as part of their trip through the Pacific Northwest. Known as the "crown jewel" of Oregon's state parks, the "Trail of Ten Falls" leads hikers through lush forests, passing ten stunning waterfalls along the way. The trail offers breathtaking viewpoints, refreshing mist, and an immersive experience with nature. It's a scenic adventure that showcases the region's natural wonders, making it a must-visit destination for hiking enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Smith Rock State Park

Oregon's high desert

Smith Rock State Park is a major drawcard for outdoor enthusiasts and rock climbers with its towering cliffs and unique rock formations attracting visitors from around the world. Hikers can explore a network of trails offering panoramic views of the Crooked River as it winds through the canyon. Experienced rock climbers can tackle challenging routes on the volcanic tuff, while birdwatchers can look to spot golden eagles soaring above. Smith Rock - another of Oregon's wonderful natural playgrounds for adventure and exploration.

Oregon Caves National Monument

Cave Junction, Oregon

Another of Oregon's natural wonders featuring marble caves formed over thousands of years. Visitors can take guided tours through the network of passages, encountering stalactites, stalagmites, and other geological formations along the way. Above ground, the surrounding Siskiyou Mountains offer hiking trails and rich biodiversity. A nice blend of subterranean exploration and scenic outdoor adventure awaits.

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