Oregon Things to Do

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Oregon Things to Do

  • Downtown

    Portland Things to Do

    For the past few years, there has been Sand in the City - a sand sculpture contest in the middle of downtown Portland. This event is held in early July, has no admission price, and usually has at least one or two entertaining sculptures. See link below for a page that has a link to a description of the event and a photo gallery from last...

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  • Willamette Falls

    Oregon City Things to Do

    Willamette Falls was one of the reasons why Oregon City was a main attraction for those coming from the east. Here, early sawmills, woolen mills, and other industry used the power of the falls to create Oregon's first industrial area. Today, the falls are still used that way: Portland General Electric still runs its very old powerhouse here,...

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  • Water Front Park

    Portland Things to Do

    So Portland moved a freeway to build a park! How many cities can say that? This park is emensely popular with pedestrians, cyclists and skaters. You'll see business people taking lunch strolls and homeless people watching the world go by (they tend to be harmless and placid). In the spring the pink blossoms on the cherry trees are beautiful! From...

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  • Japanese Garden

    Portland Things to Do

    A trip to the Washington Park area necessitates a visit to Portland's Japanese Gardens. We took advantage of a beautiful day to visit and enjoyed it very much. There is a fee to get in, $9.50 for adults, but it was well worth it. We managed to hook up with one of the volunteers and enjoyed a guided group tour. Our guide, Libbi, did an excellent...

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  • Washington Park

    Portland Things to Do

    This garden is known as the largest in a nation and features over 6800 rose bushes and 557 varieties. There is a garden of nominated varieties inside the garden. Some of them are really beautiful - like "Merilin Monro" this year (2007)... And of course, the bushes are changing from year to year to give space to new varieties.

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  • Portland Saturday Market.

    Portland Things to Do

    The Portland Saturday Market is so good they even have it on Sunday but still call it the Saturday Market. It's virtually under the Burnside Bridge which was our daily entrance into town since we stayed on the other side of the river. We are glad we gave it a go as it was full of local color and showed just how much the people of Portland...

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  • Chinatown

    Portland Things to Do

    For quite some time I have been attempting to find my photographs of Portland's classical Chinese garden. They were taken soon after it was opened in 2001, but alas I have not yet been able to find these photographs. However, the Classical Chinese Garden is a special place, because it is an attempt to restore respectability to what is called...

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  • Mount Hood

    Portland Things to Do

    Mount Hood lies 50 miles east of Portland and is visible from some of the higher elevations in the city such as the big bridges over the Columbia. The 11,249 foot tall peak is a dormant strato-volcano with 12 glaciers. Mount Hood has the following ski areas: Timberline, Mount Hood Meadows, Ski Bowl, Cooper Spur, Snow Bunny and Summit. Oregon's...

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  • Museums

    Portland Things to Do

    Scientific exhibitions, the Blueback submarine and a planetarium are all part of the scene at the OMSI. We visited in January 2012 and attended the Body Worlds exhibit. On permanent exhibit is a body Worlds human gestation from embryo to ready for delivery...

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  • Willamette Valley; Agricultural...

    Going north of Eugene to Portland you will notice a fairly large flat land stretching between the Coast Range and the Cascade Mountains. This is the Willamette Valley. It varies in width from a few miles to 20 or so, depending on where you want to draw the line between occasional small hills and the foothills of the actual named mountains on either...

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  • Brownsville, OR

    Traveling on I-5 can get pretty boring. A side trip to the historic town of Brownville is always fun.The main street is like walking back in time 100 years. The buildings are well kept but still have a very quaint, historic look about them.

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  • Columbia River Gorge

    One of the most spectacular pieces of scenery in Oregon and Washington is the Columbia River Gorge, which is where "the largest river of the west" (so says the various propaganda sheets) flows through the Cascade Mountains.The most scenic part of the Columbia River Gorge has been declared a National Scenic Area. While the area is heavily developed...

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  • Historic Columbia Gorge Highway

    Constructed over a series of years, starting around 1913, the Columbia Gorge Highway was intended to be a tourist attraction from the very start, and was designed to fit into the landscape as much as possible rather than be in conflict with it. To paraphrase one of the historical markers featuring a quote from one of the early engineers, their...

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  • Oregon Caves National Monument

    A unique Marble cave carved out of a mountain in Southern Oregon, this cave although quite a drive is well worth a visit.

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  • Rouge River Gorge

    Along the way to Crater Lake from Medford you follow the Rogue River as it heads down from the highlands, along the way is this gorge and falls off Hwy 62.

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  • Crater Lake National Park

    Formed from a huge volcanic explosion 7,700 years ago, Crater Lake is the US's deepest lake set high up in a dramatic Volcanic crater.

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  • Oregon Coast Aquarium

    We visited the Oregon Coast Aquarium in July 2013 during our stay at the Oregon Coast. There is lots too see with very interesting displays as well as interactive displays that are educational. There are several areas indoor with fish tanks full of different kinds of fish from all over the world including "Sandy Shores", "Rocky Shores", "Coastal...

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  • From Sand Dunes to Micro Brews - Things...

    I've spent a little bit of time in Portland and throughout Oregon. First, since Oregon has no sales tax, you'll likely want to hit up some of the outlet malls. Well, that's for sure something my wife would like to do ;-)Portland is a fantastic town. If you're into microbreweries or gastro pubs, you'll have no shortage of places to check out.Cannon...

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  • The beautiful Multnomah Falls

    During our trip along the Oregon Coast in 2011 we ended our trip with 2 nights in the area of Portland. On one of our full days in Portland we drove to the beautiful Multnomah Falls along the gorgeous Columbia River Gorge. Finally the weather was decent as we didn't have much sunshine on the coast. What a beautiful place! Try and get here early...

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  • Beautiful Cape Kiwanda

    When you are driving the Three Capes Scenic Route you will pass along Cape Kiwanda as well, the smallest of the three. But it is a beautiful place, especially to experience some spectacular wave action. When we were there it was pretty cloudy and it started to rain, so we didn't stay very long. From what we could see it looks like a beautiful beach...

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  • Cape Meares State Park

    When you are in the Tillamook area you will see a sign that reads "Three Capes Scenic Route" If you follow this route it will take you to Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint. This place is located on a headland about 200 feet above the ocean. Cape Meares has about 3 miles of hiking trails. From here you can enjoy beautiful views of the rocks in the...

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  • Oswald West Memorial

    Oswald West was an early Governor of Oregon, the man who set the stage for most of the coast of Oregon being saved as State Parkland. Amazing how about every 5-10 miles is another Park open for free to the public to use and enjoy. Every state should have such a conscience overseeing the natural resources for its people.

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  • Neahkahnie Mountain

    Another State Park along #101, this time with informative signage and gorgeous beach views down below. This used to be a high pass, very dangerous to navigate until well into the 20th century.

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  • Hug Point

    There are alot of State Parks along the coast and Hug Point was close to us at Seal Rock. Nice views and a good place to hug somebody!

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  • Oregon Coast State Parks

    There are dozens of State Parks along the Oregon Coast. These are mostly not too difficult to find as they are well signed, but you do have to be looking for the sign. On the average, you will run across one of these about every 8 miles or so as you are driving along the coast. However, these are not regularly spaced at all. You will run across...

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  • Ecola State Park a big must!

    Ecola State Park is one of the most beautiful places along the Oregon Coast from what I have seen. You have a great view over Cannon Beach with Haystack Rock, Indian Beach with its many sea stacks and the Tillamook Lighthouse a ways off shore. There are several miles of trails in the park for those who have lots of time. If you don't have much...

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  • Beautiful Sunset Beach in Gearhart

    On the day of arrival at the house we rented in Gearhart we decided to walk down to the beach as it was only about 10-15 minute walk. Sunset Beach is a big sandy beach which allows cars on the beach as well. Kind of different to see and experience as this is not always common in other countries.Sunset Beach is a small unincorporated community...

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  • Multnomah Falls

    About an hour east of Portland is a natural parkwith the spectaccular Multnomah Falls. It is 1.2 miles to the top and only the lowest portion has guard rails or any kind of safety features. It is also at a very steep incline, made all the harder if you have children because you might have to carry them. Only the physically fit should climb to the...

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  • Oregon State Parks

    Oregon State Parks include a diverse group of parks. Sites range from historical buildings to small wayside points of interest to undeveloped lots inside the city of Portland to parks that have been leased to cities and fairly large wilderness spots with significant tourist appeal and value in being preserved.Some of the state parks are entrance...

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  • Oregon Coast: Pacific Wonderland

    The Oregon Coast in itself is one fairly long tourist attraction. There are some 40+ state parks running the length of the coast, and that doesn't include the state law that makes the ocean beaches public lands. Traveling along Highway 101 and its branch roads, you will run across one of these state parks about once every 5 to 8 miles or so. The...

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  • Heceta Lighthouse keepers home

    Perched high above the surf on a spot whittled from a cliff the Queen Anne style lightkeepers house at Heceta Head is as picturesque as they come. There is an interpretive center on the ground floor that was closed when we arrived. The top floors offer a bed and breakfast lodging with a reportedly sumptuous breakfast. It would be wonderful for a...

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  • Stunning coastal scenery at Cape...

    The Cape Perpetua Scenic Area is part of the Siuslaw National Park. It is located approximately 40km south of Newport on highway 101. Ample parking and another excellent visitor centre are provided. I stopped here on my way south down the coast, primarily to see the Devil’s Churn and the viewpoint that Cape Perpetua is well acclaimed for.Like most...

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  • Spend some time in Newport.

    Newport was my favourite town on the Oregon Coast. The town centre sprawling alongside the main artery (Highway 101) is less than appealing at first, but once you discover the old town centre of Newport, down by the Yaquina River, you'll be hooked.Newport still operates as a fishing port and the old town centre's waterfront is very much a working...

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  • Astoria

    Astoria is a small, but interesting town. It is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. It's a beautiful place which offers some interesting attractions. Astoria is also decorated with Victorian houses -- It has been called the "Little San Francisco of the Pacific Northwest." One of the interesting places you can visit is the The...

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  • Multnomah Falls

    Multnomah Falls is a must-see, but off the beaten path if you are visiting Portland and the Oregon Coast, located about 30 miles east of the middle of Portland on Interstate-84. It is probably one of the most visited attractions in Oregon, because of its location along the interstate.When the kids were younger, I used to always stop on the way to...

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  • Portland Rose Garden

    The rose garden in Portland has a large collection of roses. They are very beautiful.If you like flowers, this is a good place to visit and enjoy yourself among the fantastic roses.I like this garden much because roses are one of my favorite flowers, especially red roses. Lovely.

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  • The Crater Lake

    This place can be considered as the icon of the Oregon State. FANTASTIC! I hope this word can help to describe how the Crater Lake and its surrounding areas look like.It is really breathtaking. And, certainly it is a "MUST-SEE" activity.You can also see gorgeous images...

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  • Umpqua River Lighthouse

    The original Umpqua River Light, the first built in Oregon, was lit on October 10, 1857 at the north spit of the river. Unfortunately, it fell victim to treacherous weather just six years later, falling into the sea during a storm and leaving the area again unprotected for approaching ships. The current lighthouse stands the farthest back from the...

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  • Oregon Coast Aquarium

    The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a "must see" attraction. I liked the leafy sea dragons, which reminded me of underwater drag queens, and the blue spotted jawfish, which burrowed into the rocks with its mouth and then spit a whole mouthful out like a little bulldozer. The aquarium exhibits were surprisingly psychedelic. My favorite part was the...

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  • A lighthouse trip maybe?

    They are all different, they are all over the Oregon coast and it's a great way to discover areas off the main path. Some collect stamps from all the lighthouses, some other just visit them and admire the tremendous view there is from the coast.

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  • Columbia River

    The Columbia River was named after Captain Robert Gray's ship, the "Columbia Rediviva". It is also called the "Big River", "The River of the West", or "River Oregon". It flows through Canada in British Columbia, and in the U.S. through the States of Washington and Oregon. Its tributaries are the Spillimacheen River, Beaver River, Illecillewaet...

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  • CONE PEAK/IRON MOUNTAIN WILDFLOWERS

    The Cone Peak/Iron Mountain hiking loop off US 20 at Tombstone Pass - just west of the highway junction below Santiam Pass - is one of the best places to experience the magnificence of the Cascade Mountain wildflower show. The whole loop is only a little under 7 miles and the views and flowers are truly grand.The best direction from the parking lot...

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  • Banks-Vernonia State Trail

    The Banks-Vernonia State Trail is an approximately 20 mile long trail between the two cities that form its name, and provides a pathway through part of the ramining forests in the Coast Range. As it passes through several communities, the Banks-Vernonia State Trail is most easily worked with on the state, rather than city level. However, as each...

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  • Ft Clatsop

    Visiting this fort was a major incentive to take our trip to Oregon. It did not disappoint. There is not really much to see. The fort is small- though larger than I had imagined. The museum was very nice with good explanations, and exhibits, books and information. We enjoyed the docents in their period clothing and saw their "firing of the Musket"...

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  • Umpqua River Gorge

    We finally turned inland intending to head to Crater Lake. We were unable to complete that journey as there was a fire blocking our road. But we enjoyed the gorgeous drive up the Umpqua River gorge. This was another nice surprise and unexpectedly wonderful drive.Near the mouth of the river was a historical marker about the early explorer and...

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