Oregon’s stunning natural beauty, independent outlook, and refreshingly under-the-radar status, make it a firm favorite.
The state’s diverse landscapes of evergreen forests, snow-capped mountains, rolling vineyards and rugged coastline provide the perfect playground for lovers of the great outdoors. Get your city fix in vibrant Portland, famed for its quirky, avant-garde culture, and ground zero for pioneering microbreweries, artisanal coffee roasters and accessible locavore cuisine.
From Mount Hood, the state’s glacier covered high point, to the vast Crater Lake, the deepest in the country, Oregon is one of the adventure capitals of the country, whether that’s rafting the mighty Columbia River Gorge, scaling the peaks of the Cascade Range, or riding horseback along empty windswept beaches.
It’s not all adrenaline-fueled action and if you slow the pace to watch a Pacific sunset at Haystack Rock, drive the scenic Three Capes route along the southern coast or travel the back roads through the wineries of the Willamette Valley, you’ll find plenty of ways to switch off and soak it all in.