Oregon isn’t a place you see as much as you do. You can sight-see our beautiful coast, volcanic mountains, crystal-clear lakes and deserts that stretch as far as the eye can see. If you’re looking for world-class pinots, some of the best food and craft beer in the country, epic cycling, kayaking, windsurfing or just about anything else-ing, look no further.
The thing about exploring Oregon’s outdoors is that you’ll never be able to do it all in one lifetime. Hike the rugged coastline or the wooded Willamette National Forest. Camp in the desert near Steens Mountain, or explore the snowcapped Wallowa Mountains (also known as “Little Switzerland”). Rent an RV from Cruise America, and park yourself in the volcanic foothills of Mt. Hood, the old-growth beauty of the Umpqua National Forest, or a mountain lake in the Deschutes National Forest. Oregon State Parks offer beautiful picnicking spots as well as yurts, tepees, rustic cabins and RV spots for rent.
Food & Drink
Oregon’s food and drink artisans are trendsetters and tastemakers. We’ve got craft beer, micro-distilleries and 17 wine regions, as well as handcrafted sea salt, ice cream, cheese, and more. We aren’t the only ones who relish Oregon’s flavor. The New York Times Magazine refers to us as an “ever expanding culinary utopia.” Oregon’s award-winning chefs, restaurants and farmers appear in national and international publications, and you can often meet those culinary artisans in person. Don’t miss tasty annual events like the Oregon Truffle Festival in January, the Oregon Cheese Festival in March and Feast Portland, a world-class celebration of food and drink, in September.
Unlike most states in the U.S., Oregon has no sales tax. You’ll save 5 to 10 percent on everything you buy. Find the brands you love at stores like Nordstrom, Macy’s, H&M and Apple, or try Made in Oregon shops for Oregon’s unique products and gifts. Outlet shoppers will save on brands like adidas, Coach, Nike and Gap at centers in Troutdale, Woodburn, Seaside, Lincoln City, Bend and Phoenix. Hunt for one-of-a-kind pieces in the Pearl District, Nob Hill and Hawthorne in Portland; and in Bend, Hood River and towns along the Oregon Coast.
The toughest part of golfing in Oregon is choosing from nearly 200 public courses. Play through spectacular stretches of sand dunes perched high above the Pacific Ocean, tee off in the heart of sun-filled wine country, or revel in the mountain views of Central Oregon’s 30 high-desert courses. Don’t miss Bandon Dunes, named No. 1 golf resort by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine, and Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, where a young Tiger Woods won his third consecutive U.S. Amateur Championship.
American Indian Heritage
While European settlement in Oregon is less than two centuries old, American Indians have inhabited the region for thousands of years. Learn about native residents, past and present, at Oregon’s interpretive centers and museums. At the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute in Pendleton, learn about the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla Indian tribes. Exhibits and events showcase traditional song, dance, art, language, clothing, religion and food created by these tribes. The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs share their heritage at The Museum at Warm Springs. This museum is home to one of the most exquisite collections of Plateau Native American artifacts in the country, along with arts, history and culture demonstrations by tribal members.
Where locals go to relax
During spring and summer growing seasons, farmers’ markets appear in the Willamette Valley’s historic towns, and roadside stands dot the country lanes. Nestled among its rolling hills are over 200 wineries, and the temperate climate makes it a favourite for hikers and cyclists.
You might be surprised by…
Imagine a school where you can have beer in the classroom and falling asleep is okay—even encouraged! That is exactly the atmosphere you’ll find at McMenamins Kennedy School in Portland, a shuttered elementary school that's been converted into an inn/brewpub/film theatre, all while retaining its school character.
Among the 200-plus historic aircraft, spacecraft and exhibits on display at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville are the world’s largest wooden flying boat, the ‘Spruce Goose’; the SR-71 ‘Blackbird’; the Titan II SLV Missile; and the P-38 ‘Lightning’.
Your child will always remember…
Have you already tried snowboarding? Well, how about sandboarding? At the sand dunes near Florence, you can rent boards and get all the advice you need.
Classic road trip
The near-363 miles of Pacific coastline ranges from rugged cliffs to evergreen forests to Sahara-like dunes and boundless sandy beaches. From Astoria in the north to Brookings in the southern tip, follow the shoreline past a smorgasbord of unique attractions, including scores of quaint towns.
- A great book from Powell’s Books in Portland
- A handmade glass float on the Oregon coast (if you can find one)
- A bottle of Pinot Noir from one of the state’s 400 wineries
- A hand-tooled saddle from Hamley’s & Company in Pendleton
- Fresh pears from Harry & David in Medford.
Don’t overlook this…
The spirit of the West is alive and well in Eastern Oregon, where snow-capped peaks look down on rolling hills, deserts and wild rivers. It’s a land of breathtaking beauty, including the magical Painted Hills near John Day, the colossal Steens Mountains and the jaw-dropping Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America.
Oregon has no sales tax!
Made in our state
- Artisanal cheese from Tillamook Cheese Factory (Tillamook), Rogue Creamery (Central Point) and Tumalo Farms (Bend)
- Blankets, shirts and more from Pendleton Woolen Mills (Pendleton)
- Carved wooden objects from House of Myrtlewood (Coos Bay).
For your first visit…
An effervescent arts community, dozens of parks, a lively downtown complete with an open air plaza that serves as the community’s living room, and a world-class public transportation system are just few of the reasons why Portland is one of the country’s most desirable cities to live in. And within a few minutes’ drive of downtown are Pinot-producing wineries, kayak-friendly waterways and the foothills of Mount Hood.