Oregon is a state of natural wonders! You will find amazing beauty throughout from historic towns and sleepy fishing villages to ski resorts and wineries. Windswept beaches, verdant forests and snow-capped peaks give way to sweeping rangelands, towering rock formations and dramatic river valleys in this incredibly diverse land.
Besides 363 miles of pristine public beaches, high-desert country, painted hills and wine-producing valleys, Oregon is home to North America’s deepest river gorge - Hells Canyon, the country's deepest lake at Crater Lake National Park, and the world’s second-most-climbed mountain - Mt. Hood, which also happens to host North America’s only year-round ski season.
Cowboy adventures, whitewater rafting, quiet mountain retreats – Central Oregon has it all. The region's geological history, marked by explosive volcanic activity, is showcased at several parks, and its rich cultural history is on display at the High Desert Museum in Bend. The spirit of the West is alive and well in the high desert of Eastern Oregon, where snow-capped mountains, dusty plains and jagged red rocks look down on rolling hills of sage, wild rivers and fertile wheat fields.
Whatever your passion, Oregon’s natural and scenic variety – coast, mountains, rivers, high desert, plains, forests and valleys – lends equally to exhilarating outdoor adventure or tranquil exploration. Experience Oregon’s hidden travel gems for yourself – award-winning golf courses, culinary masterminds, world-class spas and tucked-away luxury properties, all in the midst of wide open beaches, jaw-dropping waterfalls, lush forests and amazing mountain peaks. Oregon has more scenic byways and tour routes than any other state. It also boasts no sales tax and plenty of shopping opportunities so what are you waiting for?
OREGON'S NATURAL WONDERS
- At 1,943 feet, Crater Lake in Southern Oregon is the deepest lake in the USA.
- Located in the north-eastern corner of the state, Hells Canyon at 7,913 feet is the deepest river-carved gorge in North America.
- The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is home to the largest fresh-water marsh in the USA.
- Naturally carved within an outcropping of solid marble, Oregon Caves National Monument is one of southern Oregon's oldest attractions.
- The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is one of the richest fossil bed sites in the world.
- Luring rock climbers from around the world, Smith Rock towers above central Oregon, challenging all who come to conquer its craggy surface.
- The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, which runs from the mouth of the Sandy River to the mouth of the Deschutes River, includes gorgeous waterfall hikes, jaw-dropping vistas and road biking on the Historic Columbia River Highway.
- Thirty miles south of the Columbia River, Mt. Hood at 11,245 feet, boasts five ski areas and is the most visited snow-covered peak in the USA.
- The Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex contains the largest concentration of wintering bald eagles in the USA.
- All 363 miles of the Oregon Coast are free and open to the public - that's why they call it The People's Coast.
- Oregon has 13 downhill ski areas, with 400 trails over three mountain ranges.
- There are more than 6,000 lakes and 112,000 miles of rivers and streams in Oregon.
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