Oregon offers you the 362 miles of coastline, thick forests, craggy mountains, hot springs, flowing rivers and waterfalls. There’s no arguing about that it is absolutely breathtaking. Oregon is home to some of the coolest small towns in the nation including the beautiful landscapes and has endless amounts of adventure. So, here is a list of Top 11 places in Oregon to Visit on a Road Trip. Oregon offers you the 362 miles of coastline, thick forests, craggy mountains, hot springs, flowing rivers and waterfalls. There’s no arguing about that it is absolutely breathtaking.
Oregon is home to some of the coolest small towns in the nation including the beautiful landscapes and has endless amounts of adventure. So, here is a list of Top 11 places in Oregon to Visit on a Road Trip.
In Portland, you can do lots of activities like, hiking to the Witch’s Castle, exploring the Mississippi Neighbourhood, Visiting the International Rose Test Garden, etc.
But the one thing, you must do is, Visit the Columbia River Valley. That will be the best part of your road trip to Portland. But never forget to taste the World’s best donuts and Portland’s best ice-cream.
So, if you’re making the itinerary of your road trip then Portland should be at a good position.
Cannon Beach, Oregon
One of the more popular towns on the Oregon coast, Cannon Beach is still worth visiting. The cedar shingle houses give the town a charming, albeit a bit touristy, feel and the stunning sea stacks are iconic for a reason. They are absolutely stunning.
If you’re making your way north on Oregon’s coast, make a quick stop at the Tillamook Cheese Factory to learn a little bit about how they make their famous dairy products.
You can SAMPLE all the cheeses and then get a delicious ice cream cone. (The only bummer is there are so many yummy flavors to choose from that you’ll wish you try them all!)
Hood River, Oregon
The Columbia River is the home for the best windsurfing in the world, and Hood River is the prime place to be. If you are just a beginner be sure to take a class at Big Wind.
You can also try kiteboarding, stand up paddle-boarding, water skiing or simply rent a kayak and explore the river.
If you want to go white-water rafting on the White Salmon River (north of Hood River in Washington state), check out Wild Water River Guides at first. The river is the best mid-July to end of August, but be sure to book early.
On a clear day, you can see Mount Hood from Portland, but we think driving up to the real thing is totally worth it. The best view of Mount Hood is from the Lost Lake which is situated deep in the Mt. Hood National Forest.
Be sure to have a full tank of gas and 4-wheel drive (Vinny our campervan barely made it). It is about an hour drive from Hood River but it’s so worth it. You can hike around the lake or rent a kayak and paddle to the middle.
There are plenty of cabins and campsites around too, but you’ll have to book at Lost Lake Resort well in advance.
Williamette National Forest
Only an hour and a half drive east from Eugune or west from Bend, you can make it into the heart of the Willamette National Forest. There are so many things to do in this part of Oregon.
1) Tamolitch Falls (Blue Pool)
The water really is that blue here, And oh, so cold! Seriously, even on the hottest summer day, jumping in this spring-fed pond is sure to cover your body in goosebumps. But it is totally worth it and feels amazing when you dry off in the sun.
2) Cougar Hot Springs
The setting of Cougar Hot Springs (also known as Terwilliger Hot Springs) is something that you would find at a luxurious spa, but it’s so much better because you are only surrounded by nature.
There are 5 rock-walled pools that could fit about 8 people comfortably. Be sure to arrive early as it gets busy later in the day.
Entrance Fee is $6/day and the trail starts on the west side of the Cougar Reservoir.
Bend is the perfect size town (in our opinion) — not too big, not too small. There’s a perfect Brewery-to-Green-Space ratio, cute shops, healthy restaurants, yoga studios and a river running through town.
These things give you a good natural vibe of the tour. And you can do plenty of outdoor adventures just outside the city limits.
Crater Lake National Park
Between the deep blue color and the fact that this lake is inside a sleeping volcano, your jaw is sure to drop at the sight of Crater Lake.
With a depth of 1,949 feet (594 m), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and the 3rd deepest in the world (for average depth; 9th in the world for maximum depth).
Crater Lake has been entirely fed by rainwater and snowmelt, and it’s known for its insurmountable clarity. Visiting Crater Lake will make your day in Oregon.
Umpqua National Forest
With lakes, waterfalls, and mountains, Umpqua National Forest is well worth a visit. Located in Oregon’s southern Cascade Mountains, You’ll fell in love with this area, when you’ll visit and explore this place for the very first time.
This place has over 3,000 residents; this tiny Oceanside town is a picturesque and laid-back place to stop during a road trip along Oregon’s coast. Shopping and hopping on the main street, enjoy amazing seafood and see a unique art exhibit that will both disgust and inspire you.
Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor situated just across the border from California that is well worth a stop if you find yourself in the south of Oregon.
With interesting sea stack rock formations and hiking trails, you can easily spend a day getting lost in the beauty before your eyes. There are many turnouts, some with parking lots, that are worth stopping at.
The Natural Bridges is a little hike with some pretty spectacular views. Secret Beach is also another short hike down to the sandy beach when there is low tide. The trailhead for this is just north of Miller Creek on Highway 101.
So, this is the complete list of the Top 11 places in Oregon to Visit on a Road Trip.