Make Oregon Your Next Adventure Destination

Oregon found its place into American legend as the final frontier; a wide-open land of untouched wilderness that only true adventurers would even dare to explore. That same aura has carried on into the modern era, and the adventures and details have seen little alteration.

The Cascade Mountains provide adventurers with dozens of scenic views. For those brave enough to climb these rocky peaks, they’ll find untapped wilderness hikes and nationally renowned winter sports areas. Snowboarders and skiers find solace at Mount Hood and Mount Bachelor, among others.

More of a beach-goer? Oregon has you covered. With dozens of quaint coastal towns, visitors will find the perfect type of ocean experience to match their interests. Spend a day walking along Seaside’s boardwalk, or view a natural sea lion habitat at the Sea Lion Caves. Experience deep-sea fishing on the wild Pacific Ocean, or watch the waves crash from a secluded beach cabin. Eat fresh clam chowder after a day of surfing in Pacific City.

Experience incredible wilderness hikes through the famous green forests of the Pacific Northwest, like those found in the Columbia Gorge. Carved by the Missoula Floods, the deep entrenchment now houses the Columbia River of Lewis and Clark fame. Hike to Multnomah Falls, or visit one of the hundreds of waterfalls that cascade down the dense, forested cliffs along the I-84 corridor. Bring your fishing pole and drop a line into one of Oregon’s many crystal-clear lakes. Or, hike up a trail with your mountain bike and enjoy the descent. Continue toward Hood River and experience one of the most popular windsurfing destinations in the world.

On Valentine’s Day in 1859, Oregon became the 33rd state to join the Union. Since its first day of statehood, Oregonians have decided to do things their way, which allowed the state to develop its own, unique, thriving culture.

Recently, Oregon has developed a unique food scene that rivals that of any other state. The “trend” of all-natural ingredients and organically sourced foods are the norm in many of Oregon’s restaurants. Plenty of Oregon’s chefs are experimenting with cultural food fusions, which makes the experience of trying a new restaurant a real adventure no matter which part of the state you visit.

Oregon also launched a cultural revolution that ended up sweeping the nation: craft brewing. The craft brew scene in the state has dominated any other state’s attempts (sorry, Colorado) and has given the Oregon a worldwide recognition as the beer capital of the country (and perhaps the world). With dozens of award-winning breweries from cities like Portland, Bend, and Eugene, Oregon’s smaller, newer breweries are amping up their craft in order to outperform their neighbors. Beer enthusiasts delight!

The climate of the Willamette Valley makes Oregon perfect for producing high quality wine. Over the years, dozens of secluded vineyards have sprouted. Visit luxurious vineyards in the dense Oregon forest and experience the countryside like you never have before. Then, taste the world-rebound quality of the Northwest’s wines while you see where the entire production process occurred.

With large cities and small towns, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect spot to visit. Portland offers the amenities of a large city with the community feel of a small town. Cities like Salem, Medford, and Eugene provide community and culture that can’t be found anywhere else. Towns like Cottage Grove allow visitors and residents to experience the true feeling of Oregon hospitality. From the Coast to the High Desert, Oregon has the town for you.

Luckily, Oregon’s proximity to Washington and California makes a road trip easy. Portland’s major airport features inexpensive flights from most states, while smaller airports in cities like Eugene provide hidden travel deals.

So, what are you waiting for? Whether you’re looking for an epic outdoor adventure or a relaxing weekend full of cultural exploration, let Oregon be that place. Come experience what Oregonians have been experiencing for years: true adventure.


Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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