Turkey Travel Guide
Oregon is one of America’s most beautiful nature retreats, offering destinations ranging from the rugged coastline of the Pacific Ocean to the majestic peaks of the Cascade Mountains. Outdoor enthusiasts will love Oregon’s scenic hiking trails, serene lakes, impressive waterfalls, and excellent skiing opportunities. If you enjoy nature, outdoor activities, or taking scenic drives, Oregon is a wonderful place to visit.

Bend, Oregon

Bend is a small town located near central Oregon. This is a great place to stay if you want to go skiing, snowmobiling, or dog sledding during the winter months. In the summer, the outdoor activities continues with rock climbing, hiking, cycling, paddle boarding, and fly-fishing.

Top Experiences in Oregon

Crater Lake National Park: Formed by the eruption of Mount Mazama, the remaining 1,900ft caldera was filled in with rain water and snow melt, forming a tranquil blue lake. Scenic hikes and drives around Crater Lake provide startling views over the crystal waters, the surrounding snow-covered mountains, and wildlife that roams the pine forests.

The Oregon Coast: A drive down Oregon’s coastline is one of the most popular things to do here, as the drive offers sweeping views of the Pacific, huge rock formations, large sand dunes, endless beaches, and great hiking. Cannon Beach is the most popular stop along the coast for its impressive Haystack Rock. Additionally, the most popular hiking area along the coast is at Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, for its surreal cliffs that rise from the ocean.

Wallowa Mountains: The Wallowa Mountains will make you feel like you’ve stepped into Switzerland, with its alpine summits, deep valleys, green fields, and steep gondola rides. Towns offer handcrafted beer, chocolatiers, and art galleries.

Columbia River Gorge: The Columbia River Gorge is America’s largest National Scenic Area, drawing nature lovers to its banks with wildflowers and wildlife. The area boasts popular waterfalls cascading down basalt cliffs, including the famous Multnomah Falls. Scenic hiking trails wind along the river and through the surrounding mountains, while the Historic Columbia River Highway offers a picturesque drive for those who prefer to explore by car.

Mt. Hood National Forest: Oregon’s tallest mountain, Mt. Hood, towers above an immense national forest, the grand Columbia River Gorge, and beautiful lakes and quaint towns. You can drive around the mountain on the Mt. Hood Scenic Loop or embark on a hiking adventure along the scenic trails that surround it.

Smith Rock: Out of the arid landscape of central Oregon rises the jagged Smith Rock, a tower of volcanic ash. This strange formation brings rock climbers, hikers, bikers, and outdoor-adventurers to this unique destination.

The Painted Hills: The Painted Hills are beautiful claystone mounds with streaks of vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows. A hike through these hills makes for a scenic experience you are not likely to get anywhere else.

Alvord Desert: Located in southeastern Oregon, this dried up lake bed is a unique site to see. The dried cracked ground occurs when evaporation exceeds recharge, leaving behind salt minerals. With the Steens Mountains rising above this flat desert scape, the Alvord Desert is an incredible place for hiking, photography, and seeing wildlife.

Portland: Oregon’s largest city, Portland, is a great base for travel, offering excellent food, craft breweries, shopping streets, and plenty of greenery. From Portland, you can take day trips to Multnomah Falls, the Columbia River Gorge, Hood River, and the Oregon Coast.

Bend: Bend is a charming small town situated on the Deschutes River, just east of the Cascade Mountains. It offers serene lakes, ski resorts, multi-use trails, and impressive volcanic monuments, making it a perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Best Time to Visit Oregon

There are activities to enjoy in Oregon year-round.

For hiking, biking, visiting the Oregon Coast, and soaking up warm summer weather, the best time to visit is between June and September, when the snow has melted.

Many visitors love Oregon in the fall for its beautiful foliage and cooler temperatures, though it can get chilly at night and rain becomes more frequent.

January through April is peak time for winter sports and cozy retreats by the fire.