5 Best Places to Explore in Oregon

With lively coastal cities, snowy mountain tops, deep valleys and forests, rocky coastlines, and an environment rich in wildlife and natural resources, it’s no wonder why Oregon is such a popular spot on the west coast of the U.S. With the state being so diverse in nature and activities, you may not know where to begin when it comes to planning a trip out there. If you’re ready to pack up your RV and immerse into all of the best spots in the state, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are the best places in Oregon to explore by RV.

1. Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park

Home to the deepest lake in the entire world, Crater Lake, as well as breathtaking cliffs, high mountain peaks, and forests filled with evergreen trees, Crater Lake National Park is an iconic spot in southern Oregon. Not only can you explore Crater Lake, which was created  when Mount Mazama collapsed after it erupted thousands of years ago, you can also do the Rim Drive, which is 33 miles long and offers views of volcanic rocks, lakes, and meadows. There are also some pretty awesome hikes you can do, such as Garfield Peak Trail for a great view of Crater Lake. After a long day of exploring, enjoy a bite to eat and grab some local gifts at Annie Creek Restaurant.

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2. Oregon Coast Highway 

Oregon Coast Highway

Explore 363 miles of the Pacific Coast on Oregon Coast Highway. This scenic drive spans 363 miles from California to Washington, where you can observe stunning coastal cliffs, sea stacks, and Redwood Grove trees. On this road, you’ll spot the oldest and highest lighthouse in Oregon, Cape Blanco Lighthouse, as well as Hobbit Trail, which leads to a hidden beach, and much more along this rocky coast. If you prefer to explore by RV, then this drive is a must-do while in Oregon.

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3. Mount Hood National Forest 

Mount Hood National Forest

Just 20 miles east of the city of Portland, Mount Hood National Forest is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. This national forest, with one million acres, is home to Mount Hood, which is the tallest mountain in Oregon at 11,249 feet. The area was once home to several Indian tribes, who lived within the inlands. In fact, the Warm Springs Indian Reservation sits along the east side of the mountain. With more than 60 miles of mountain land, there is so much to do at Mount Hood National Forest. Hike 3.4 miles to Tamanawas Falls Trail to enjoy the tranquility of a waterfall, ride snowmobiles with your family in the winter, or check out the movie scene destination for The Shining at Timberline Lodge.

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4. Portland Oregon

Portland Oregon

With the ocean being an hour and a half west and the mountains not too far east, it’s no wonder why so many people want to visit Portland, which is Oregon’s largest city. Known for its art, beautiful gardens, and book culture, Portland offers something to do for everyone. While here, walk through Portland Japanese Garden, one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens outside of Japan. Book lovers will fall in love with Powell’s City of Books, which has nine color-coded rooms and over 3,500 sections of different genres. After a long day of exploring, get a bite to eat at Le Pigeon, an upscale French-inspired restaurant.

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5. Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach

If you’re driving through northwest Oregon, then stop at Cannon Beach, known for its beautiful coastal cliffs and sea stacks. This city is home to Haystack Rock , which is one of Oregon’s most well-known landmarks. This rock rises 235 feet above shoreline and is a great spot to see puffins and colorful tide pools. You can also check out Ecola Beach State Park while here, which includes a section of the Oregon Crest Trail and is home to some cool wildlife. Before you leave, grab a sweet treat at either Cannon Beach Bakery or Cannon Beach Chocolate Cafe, or both!

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Whether you love driving next to the ocean, hiking through mountainous landscapes, or exploring the local city scene, Oregon is a great place for every type of adventurer. Not only that, it also has some great e-bike trails that bikers can check out. By following this guide, you're guaranteed to have a great time in the state of Oregon, whether you choose to visit one or more of these places.

See you on the road!

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