You can sight-see the 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 running, 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 snow-capped Wallowa Mountains (also known as “Little Switzerland”). Rent an RV 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.
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🌲 Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the Western United States.
🌲 Oregon became a part of the union as the 33rd state on February 14, 1859.
🌲 Oregon has beautiful landscapes from mountains, plateaus, plains, and valleys.
🌲 The capital city of Oregon is Salem.
Business hours vary greatly across Oregon. Cities tend to have longer or even 24-hour business openings, while small towns have more limited service hours and increased closures during off-peak times. It is always helpful to check operating hours in advance. Learn more here.
The United States does not have an official language, but English is the most commonly spoken language. Increasingly, information is also available in Spanish because of the significant Latinx population in the U.S.
Besides English, the most commonly spoken languages in Oregon (based on its growing immigrant population) are: Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Vietnamese.
Most of Oregon lies in the Pacific Time Zone, except for the northern part of Malheur County (located in the eastern part of the state), which is in the Mountain Time Zone.
Summer temperatures range from the 60s and 70s to 100-plus degrees, cooler at higher elevations and on the Coast.
Check here for more details on Oregon weather, as it can be surprising!
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With the Pacific coastline just an hour west and the Cascade Mountains an hour east, Eugene and Springfield are surrounded by unique towns worth exploring. The outdoors beckons, and you have your pick of soothing forested trails, wide-open savannas, riverside treks, lava landscapes or towering sand dunes. Small towns with unique local shops, eateries, and public art welcome you. Within a short drive, you can explore a historic lighthouse, 20 covered bridges, or miles of trails.
Oregonians love to hike, and for good reason. Miles of trails can take you past some of the state’s most impressive landscapes, from towering forests that wind toward panoramic views of mountain peaks, to otherworldly dunes that lead to wide-open beaches. Choose your experience level (easy, medium, hard) and your favorite landscape (mountains, ocean, rivers, and lakes) and lace up your hiking boots.
Some of the most memorable hikes in Oregon lead to waterfalls, and the Eugene area is home to more than 15 of these cascades, some just a short drive away and others perfect for those looking for more of an adventure.
Two grand rivers run through Eugene and Springfield: the Willamette and the McKenzie. Take a leisurely float from town, or opt for more thrills on the rapids of the McKenzie. Kayaks, canoes, and Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boards all offer fun ways to explore rivers and lakes. There are more than 65 places to fish here, and local guides are ready to bring you to their favorite spots. The beautiful Pacific Ocean’s waters are too chilly for swimming, but there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the beach. Try crabbing or clamming, explore tidepools and walk the beach to discover treasures washed ashore.
Plan your adventure with our friends at Travel Lane County here.
Photo by Tyler Roemer | Linsey Corbin pictured | Travel Oregon