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8 Must-Do Adventures in Oregon

By: Tiffany Nguyen + Save to a List

A trip to the Pacific Northwest is an essential item on any travel bucket list. Offering some of the most diverse landscapes in the United States, the Pacific Northwest is heaven for any nature lover. From the sweeping coastline views to the cliff faces draped in lush greenery, it’s easy to see why Oregon is one of the most visited states in the Pacific Northwest. And if you haven’t heard, this state has more than a few waterfalls for you to chase. Make sure your trip is an epic one by checking out these 8 must-do adventures in Oregon!

1. Catch a Sunset at Trillium Lake

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Whether you want to catch your own dinner or kayak on the calm waters, sunsets at Trillium definitely won’t disappoint. With Mt. Hood reflecting on the water, it sets the perfect scene and is one of the most photogenic lakes in Oregon. Learn more.

2. Hike the Oneonta Gorge

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There are 4 waterfalls that run through the Oneonta Gorge, but the most famous one is Lower Oneonta Falls. You’ll have to climb over huge log jams and wade through chest deep freezing water, but what you find at the end of this hike is priceless. Learn more.

3. Take the Rim Drive at Crater Lake National Park

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No trip to Oregon is complete without taking the scenic route on the Rim Drive in Crater Lake National Park. This 33-mile loop around the Lake provides stunning views from every angle and gives you a great sense of the massive scale of this place. This is a place you just have to experience for yourself; no picture will ever do it justice. Learn more.

4. Explore the many waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge

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This canyon of the Columbia River stretches over 80 miles and forms the boundary between Oregon and Washington. The amount of precipitation and wide range of elevation creates a diverse ecosystem with a ton of different plant and animal species. Some of the best hikes to countless waterfalls are found in the Gorge. Learn more.

5. Drive to the Rowena Crest Viewpoint

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Rowena Crest is an iconic viewpoint that creates a horseshoe curve along the road. This unique curve is one of the most photographed roads in Oregon. Learn more.

6. Explore the Oregon Coast

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The Oregon Coast stretches 363 miles from the Columbia River to the border of California. Long stretches of sand are dotted with a wide range of dazzling rock formations that are sure to impress. Be sure to check out Ecola State Park, Cape Kiwanda, Haystack Rock, and Crescent Beach during your visit. Learn more.  

7. Watch the Milky Way rise over Crater Lake

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The Milky Way on its own is one of the most spectacular things to see, but seeing it reflect over a grand place like Crater Lake can leave you speechless. Check the moon phase for ideal conditions. You’ll want to pick your favorite spot along the Rim, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Learn more

8. Chase all the other epic waterfalls!

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Last, but not least, chase as many waterfalls as you can while you’re here. Oregon is a mecca for waterfalls and there’s definitely no shortage. Horsetail, plunge, segmented, you name it, Oregon has that type of waterfall and many more. Learn more.

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