26 Best Attractions in Oregon

26 Best Attractions in Oregon

Find out where all the best things to see in Oregon are!

I’ve lived in Oregon for a long time now, but for some reason or another, I have never put together a list of best places to see in Oregon. I finally sat down and put one together. Here are the best of the best in no particular order.

Crater Lake

Crater Lake

26 Amazing Thing To See in Oregon

Crater Lake  – Crater Lake National Park is in the Cascade Mountains of southern Oregon. It’s known for its namesake Crater Lake, formed by the now-collapsed volcano, Mount Mazama. Wizard Island is a cinder cone near the western edge of the lake. The Rim Drive, a road surrounding the lake, offers views of the park’s volcanic formations. The park’s numerous trails include Sun Notch, with views of the Phantom Ship, a small island.

Oregon Caves – Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve is a protected area in the northern Siskiyou Mountains of southwestern Oregon in the United States. The 4,554-acre park, including the marble cave, is 20 miles east of Cave Junction, on Oregon Route 46.

Out’n’About Treehouse Treesort

Out’n’About Treehouse Treesort

Out’n’About Treehouse Treesort – Set on 36 acres of countryside next to Siskiyou National Forest, this imaginative treehouse resort is 11.4 miles from Cave Junction and 26.8 miles from the Oregon Caves National Monument. Learn more.

Painted Hills

Painted Hills – Photo from http://essentialexplorers.com

Painted Hills – in eastern Oregon, is one of the three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, located in Wheeler County, Oregon. It totals 3,132 acres and is located 9 miles northwest of Mitchell, Oregon.

Multnomah Falls covered in snow and ice

Multnomah Falls covered in snow and ice

Multnomah Falls – Multnomah Falls is a waterfall located in the Scenic Columbia River Gorge area, east of Troutdale, between Corbett and Dodson, Oregon, United States. The 611-foot-tall waterfall is accessible from the Historic Columbia River Highway and Interstate 84. Consider having dessert at the lodge, they have excellent desserts.

Japanese Garden in Portland

Japanese Garden in Portland

Portland Japanese Garden – Located in downtown Portland, Oregon. The Portland Japanese Garden is a traditional Japanese garden occupying 9.1 acres, located within Washington Park.

Lava Tubes – The cave is part of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. The cave temperature is a constant 42 degrees, so wear warm clothing. This one mile cave is one of the longest lava tubes in Oregon and offers self-guided exploration.
Oregon GardenThe Oregon Garden – The Oregon Garden is an 80-acre botanical garden and tourist attraction in Silverton, Oregon, south of Portland. Opened in 1999, it is home to over 20 gardens, including a rose Garden, children’s garden and Silverton market garden. It is open 365 days a year and hosts both public and private events. The land is also home to the Gordon House, Oregon’s only Frank Lloyd Wright home. 879 West Main Street, Silverton, Oregon.
Silver Falls State Park – Silver Falls State Park is a state park located near Silverton, about 20 miles east-southeast of Salem. It is the largest state park in Oregon with an area of more than 9,000 acres, with more than 24 miles of walking trails, 14 miles of horse trails, and a 4 mile bike path. It’s 8.7-mile  Canyon Trail/Trail of Ten Falls runs along the banks of Silver Creek and by ten waterfalls, from which the park received its name. Four of the ten falls have an amphitheater-like surroundings that allows the trail to pass behind the flow of the falls.
Ecola State park

Ecola State Park https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:OregonCoastEcola.jpg

Ecola State Park – This state park is located just north of Cannon Beach. Ecola State Park stretches along 9 miles of coastline. I consider this to be the most beautiful beach in Oregon.

Smith Rock State Park

Smith Rock State Park

Smith Rock State Park – Smith Rock State Park is an American state park located in central Oregon’s High Desert near the communities of Redmond and Terrebonne. Its sheer cliffs of tuff and basalt are ideal for rock climbing of all difficulty levels.

Oregon Dunes National recreation areaSand Dunes – The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is located on the Oregon Coast, stretching approximately 40 miles north from the Coos River in North Bend, to the Siuslaw River, in Florence.
Whitewater rafting the Big Eddy near Bend, Oregon.

Whitewater rafting the Big Eddy near Bend, Oregon.

White water rafting on the Deschutes river – There are lots of places along the Deschutes to raft.

Willamette Valley Wine Country – Spend a day or two wine tasting at some of the 554 wineries in the Willamette Valley. Need a place to stay, check out the Vintage Trailer Resort.
Yaquina Head LighthouseLighthouses in Newport – Newport, Oregon has two lighthouses including Yaquina Bay Lighthouse and Yaquina Head Lighthouse.
Portland Rose Garden

Portland International Test Rose Garden

International Test Rose Garden – The International Rose Test Garden is a rose garden in Washington Park in Portland, Oregon, United States. There are over 10,000 rose bushes of approximately 650 varieties. This is a free attraction.

Chinese garden in Portland

Lan Su Chinese Garden

Lan Su Chinese Garden – Formerly known as the Portland Classical Chinese Garden and titled the Garden of Awakening Orchids, is a walled Chinese garden enclosing a full city block, roughly 40,000 square feet. 239 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209

Hoyt Arboretum – Hoyt Arboretum is Portland’s museum of living trees where we grow and exhibit trees and plants from around the world while educating our community and conserving vitally important plant biodiversity.  The arboretum is open free to the public and encompasses 189 ridge-top acres in Washington Park that are accessible by 12 miles of trails. Our collection nurtures 6,000 specimens from around the world, including over 2,000 species, 63 of which are vulnerable or endangered.

Jerry’s Rogue River Jet Boats – Go on a 104-Mile Wilderness Whitewater will travel into the ‘Wild’ section, an area only accessible by jet boating, rafting and hiking. Jerry’s is the only commercial jet boat trip allowed to operate in this remote twelve mile section.

Timberline Lodge

Timberline Lodge

Timberline Lodge – Timberline Lodge is a mountain lodge on the south side of Mount Hood. Constructed from 1936 to 1938 by the Works Progress Administration, it was built and furnished by local artisans during the Great Depression.

Wind Surfing and Kite Surfing in Hood River – Hood River is the windsurfing capital of the world. People come from all of the world to windsurf and kite surf here. It’s fun to watch.

McMenamins – McMenamins is a family-owned chain of brewpubs, breweries, music venues, historic hotels, and theater pubs in the Pacific Northwest.

Sahalie FallsSahalie Falls – Just off of highway 126 is the most beautiful waterfall. The whole drive down highway 126 is scenic.
Powell Books – Powell’s Books is a chain of bookstores in Portland, Oregon, and its surrounding metropolitan area. The Powell Books in the Pearl District is the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world.
John Day Fossil Beds – John Day Fossil Beds National Monument consists of three units: Sheep Rock, Painted Hills, and Clarno. All three  give glimpses into Oregon’s prehistoric past. Hike through colorful rock formations at John Day Fossil Beds preserve a world class record of plant and animal evolution, changing climate, and past ecosystems that span over 40 million years.  Exhibits and a working lab at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center as well as scenic drives and hikes.
Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway – A 66 mile drive dotted with Alpine lakes across the high country of Central Oregon, home to a striking volcanic strata and the stunning Cascade Range mountains.

Do you see your favorite attraction on our list? Why is it your favorite? If you do not see your favorite attraction tell us what your favorite is!26 Top things to do in Oregon, including waterfalls, gardens, scenic drives, and more.

26 Top things to do in Oregon, including waterfalls, gardens, scenic drives, and more.

 

By | 2018-04-26T08:05:11+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Bend, Government Camp, Mt. Hood, Newport, Oregon, Portland, Sunriver|0 Comments

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Meagan is the author and host of Mommy Travels, a family travel and lifestyle blog. She has been traveling the world with her three kids for over a decade and loves sharing her adventures and tips with others.

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