Oregon is located on the north-west side of the United States and borders the Pacific ocean. Aside from over 300 miles of beautiful coastline, Oregon also boasts volcanoes, thick forests, majestic mountains and desert area.
Waterfalls can be found all around the state, and each one is breathtaking in its own way. The Columbia River Gorge is one of the most popular spots to take in the beauty. There are also plenty of state parks, where you can hike, fish, swim or just relax and enjoy the scenery.
Head to Eugene to witness the awesome art of glassblowing at the Studio West Glassblowing Studio and Gallery. You can even learn how to do this amazing skill yourself. Literary lovers won’t want to miss the Shakespeare festival, held in Ashland from February through October.
For some aquatic fun, the Oregon Coast Aquarium has a wide variety of sea life that young and old alike will enjoy. Or for a different kind of animal fun, check out the Oregon Zoo in Portland. Here you can view leopards, tigers, elephants, rhinos and plenty of other amazing animals.
Take a breathtaking drive along the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. This 66-mile drive will wind you around lakes, past volcanic mountains and through the most awe-inspiring landscaping you can imagine. It’s definitely worth the drive.
One of the most well-known images from Oregon is the wondrous view of Mt. Hood reflected in Mirror Lake. This 11,000 foot tall volcanic monster is Oregon’s most likely to erupt volcano, though it’s been about 170 years since it has done so. Whether you come to climb it, hike it, or just gaze at it, it is definitely the must see sight when visiting Oregon. Located about 50 miles east of Portland, it’s not hard to find on a clear day.