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Things to do in Oregon

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The top 87 attractions in Oregon

Beaches in Cannon Beach
Cannon Beach
This is a huge beach in the North Pacific, where pelicans and gulls fly over surfers. It's so large that no matter how many people are there, you always feel secluded. This time, at sunset, the sun's rays affect the water and it becomes silvery, so white and bright that your eyes hurt. Scenes from the movie "The Goonies" were filmed here.
Gardens in Portland
Portland Rose Garden
The rose garden is one of the most popular attractions to be found in Portland, Oregon. It is the oldest rose garden in the USA. It was created in 1917 after several women decided to exhibit their roses for the neighbors. For this reason, Portland is called "The City of Roses". Within the park there are several gardens, such as the miniature rose garden and the Shakespeare garden. The park offers views of the entire city of Portland and it is the perfect place to walk and enjoy nature in Oregon.
Waterfalls in Bridal Veil
Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls is one of Oregon's top attractions. This 611 foot tall surging waterfall is in the beautiful Columbia Gorge, located about 30 minutes east of Portland. The falls is so high up, you can see if from the highway, but it's a good idea to park in the lot at the Multnomah Falls exit to get even closer to it. From the lot, it's only a 5 minute walk to get a beautiful view of the falls. Take the paved trail that winds uphill, across the bridge, and onto the ledge of the cliff, and you will get a mind-blowing perspective of this powerful force of nature. The icy water plummets year round and does not dry up in the summer, From there, continue on the trail which heads into the forest, or head back down to the historic Multnomah Falls lodge for some food and souvenirs. (What attraction isn't complete without souvenirs?) The falls is a well-known "touristy" spot, and can get very busy on weekends, so get there early to beat the crowds if you're going on a weekend. Weekdays are generally quieter. Multnomah falls truly is a magnificent site. Pictures don't do it justice- you just have to see it yourself!
Nature Reserves in Eugene
Crater Lake National Park
This is not a painting, this is the real view of Crater Lake made by the volcano: still blue water with the feeling of complete peace. Its rejuvenating.
Gardens in Portland
International Rose Test Garden
With more than 8000 different rose bushes, this Eden-like garden is a haven of peace in the city of Portland. You can walk along the flowery paths, bursting with color from May to July. And you can admire the center of the city from the garden, overlooking Mount Hood. Bring a picnic lunch! Open Daily from 7:30 aM - 9:00 pM
Museums in Portland
Portland Police Museum
The Portland Police Historical Museum (Portland) is a Museum about the Portland Police and has been open since mid 1976. The museum features a series of exhibitions displaying photographs, equipment and other artifacts. Half of the museum displays a variety of photographs and official, specific documents. There is also a room which is devoted to the sacrifice of the 26 police officers that were killed on duty in the year 1867.
Museums in Portland
Wells Fargo History Museum
This museum is in Oregon. The exhibition is a has the Concordia, telegraph hands, and guided tours on request. It also has videos, unique objects and interpretation of the history of Wells Fargo. The hours are Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm.
Shops in Portland
Pittock Mansion
Pittock Mansion offers gifts that educate, entertain and raise public awareness about one of the most beloved cultural treasures to be found in Portland, while raising funds in order to support it. This cozy shop is situated next to the mansion in a renovated building that peculiarly served as a family garage. The shop is filled with a wonderful series of objects, all year round.
Rivers in Portland
Bridges of Portland
Located at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers, the city of Portland has a lot of bridges, explaining one of its nicknames: "Bridgetown". Although most are not particularly interesting, there are a few that should not be missed, both for their style and the fact that they are mobile, moving to allow larger vessels to pass. This is the case for example of the "Steel Bridge" in the heart of Portland near the Saturday Market on the waterfront.
Markets in Portland
Portland Saturday Market
This Saturday market is Portland's highly recognized open air crafts and arts market. In fact, it's the largest continuously operating market in the country. It operates every Saturday and Sunday from March through Christmas. Over 200 local artists, craftsmen, and artisans showcase their skills. Walk up and down the isles of ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, candles, clothing, and much more. The market also features excellent food carts, live music, and street performers. It's much more than just a market. It's people watching, food sampling, curious browsing, curious sight-seeing. Often times, it's 'Portland weird' wrapped up into one giant, overwhelming market....rain or shine. See it for yourself!
Gardens in Portland
Portland Japanese Gardens
The Japanese Garden is a popular attraction in Portland. Once you enter it, you truly feel like it's a living reflection of Japan's natural world, tradition and culture. There are 5 garden styles within the Japanese garden; flat garden, strolling pond garden, tea garden, natural garden, and the sand stone garden. The paths weave you through each one, admiring the landscaping and native Japanese trees, plants, and flowers. Admire the koi pond, take a relaxing breath at the zen garden, browse in the teahouse, and walk on the path that connects everything. To quote the garden's website, "When we enter a Japanese garden, the desired effect is to realize a sense of peace, harmony, and tranquility and to experience the feeling of being a part of nature." The Portland Japanese Garden helps you connect with your inner self as well as the natural world in a serene Japanese setting. What a great way to spend an afternoon in Portland!
Bars in Portland
Deschutes Brewery
Deschutes is a classic brewpub stop for those visiting Portland. It's conveniently located in the NW section of downtown Portland, right off the streetcar line. Deschutes is originally from Bend, Oregon. It has some truly pioneering, award-winning beers. Among the favorites are the complex and creamy black butte porter, the cascadian hoppy mirror pond pale ale, and the robust obsidian stout. They have really have an impressive menu of unique beer, and sample trays are available. As for the restaurant, the atmosphere is great. It resembles a large, open, cabin-feeling dining hall complete with wood carvings. It's always bustling and a wait for a table is common. The food is northwestern fare with seasonal favorites & local ingredients. Deschutes is will definitely enjoy & remember it!
Museums in Portland
Portland Art Museum
The Portland Art Museum (Portland) was established in 1892, making it the oldest art museum on the West Coast and the 7th oldest in the USA. Its permanent collection has more than 42,000 works of art and at least one exposure itinerant which is on display is one of the most important of its period. The Northwest Film Center is also a component of the Portland Art Museum.
Nature Reserves in Cannon Beach
Nature Reserves in Yachats
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
Cape Perpetua is about 2 miles south of Yachats along Hwy 101. Drive up to the parking lot (or park below and hike up) to find a series of interconnected trails with established lookout areas. You'll be 800 feet above sea level, on the side of a rugged bluff overlooking the ocean, so as you can imagine, the views are breathtaking. On a clear day, you could even see 30-40 miles of the Oregon coastline. Spend hours hiking the beautiful trails or just simply slow down and take in the views and do some picnicking. There's a great visitor's center nearby which has daily programs within the Cape Perpetua scenic area. It's a great stop for families since it's got natural history exhibits, a theater with nature films, and an interactive children's science area. There's also a Cape Perpetua campground nearby. Cape Perpetua scenic area is a must see! The pictures don't quite do it justice, you just have to experience it yourself!
Gardens in Portland
Council Crest Park
This is a great hike within Portland which boasts a good amount of elevation and great views at the top. It's 3.3 miles round trip with 820 feet of elevation gain. The Marquam Nature Park Shelter Trailhead is a great place to start. Follow the "council crest/4T trail' signs and you wind up through the beautiful Southwest portion of forest park. Some nice houses come to view in the woods, and soon you realize you're in a neighborhood in the hills. You cross a few intersections, keep following the signs and marveling at the houses, and eventually you reach council crest. Council crest is widely known as one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Portland. On a clear day, you can see the mountains beyond Portland. You can also drive up to council crest, but the hike is worth it! It's a quick, family friendly, nice little work out with great rewards. I would recommend this hike if you want to stay close to the city!
Museums in Portland
Oregon History Center
The Oregon History Center (Portland) features special exhibits related to the history of Oregon. It has different hobbies and activities taking place in the city. It is a museum that is categorized as a historic one. The place has an extensive library that provides a variety of publications and books with the history of the area.
Museums in Portland
World Forestry Center
This is a museum that has 20,000 square meters and is in Portland Washington Park.The museum reopened on June 30, 2005 after a major refurbishment with inversion.The interactive exhibits are family friendly and designed to attract visitors to learn about the care of forests and trees in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.