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5 Must See Places for a Road Trip through Central Oregon

Hit the road and discover central Oregon's beauty.

By: Jason Horstman + Save to a List

Whether you've been itching to hit the road, or you need a new reason to, look no further than central Oregon. With just about every type of landscape imaginable, you're sure to find something different around every corner. Be sure to check out the places below and you won't leave disappointed.

1. Trillium Lake

This lake located just 7.5 miles southwest of Mt Hood is unbeatable for sunset, nighttime, and sunrise photography and an excellent place to watch early morning paddlers and fishermen. Learn more.

2. Toketee Falls

Only a short one hour detour from Crater Lake and less than a mile hike to get to, this is sure to make your list of favorite waterfalls. Learn more.

3. Crater Lake

Seeing is believing when it comes to this incredible lake. Make sure you stay for sunset, or if conditions are right, try your best at capturing the Milky Way. Learn more.

4. Painted Hills

If you're willing to take a detour to the desert, this place is sure to impress with its distinct hues that are rarely seen in other landscape seen before. Learn more.

5. Smith Rock

Whether you're climbing, camping, or hiking, this place offers a little something for everyone, and definitely should not be missed. Learn more.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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