I think that everybody thinks that their state is the best state out of all 50, but when it comes to Oregon, it’s actually true.

It’s a hidden gem.  It’s not a popular tourist destination, and that’s exactly why you should go.  It a hidden oasis nestled in the Pacific Northwest with so much to discover around every corner.  There is so much to do, see, and taste throughout the state.  From snowboarding on Mt. Hood to the relaxing on the coast, from cramped bookshops to a million different breweries, Oregon has it all.

1.  Portland

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Let’s start with the obvious.  There isn’t another city like it!  There’s so much to find here, with little odds and ends around every corner.  That’s what I like most about this city; you never know what cafe, bookstore, boutique, or quirky shop that will surprise you around the corner.  Food carts, coffee, books, bikes, and so much more!

2.  Mt. Hood

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Mount Hood is the largest mountain in Oregon and stands at 11,250 feet.  If you head up the mountain during the winter, you can ski and snowboard on one of the 87 slopes that Mount Hood Meadows has to offer.

3.  Central Oregon


( image: my good friend Sara )

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This is probably one of my favorite places in the entire world.  My family and I have spent so much time here over the past 12 years.  There’s a bunch to do here, depending on what season you’re in.  In the colder months, it is the perfect Christmas-y scene.  You can go skiing or snowboarding during the day, and cozy up by the fire at night.  In the warmer months, there is some of the best golf courses in the Pacific Northwest, biking, hiking, outdoor malls, horseback riding, etc.  It’s just beautiful!

4.  My favorite swimming hole

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Okay, so this one might not be as well-known, but to those in my hometown, Three Bears!  This swimming hole has three different levels that you can jump from, the daredevils going off the top ( I’m not sure how high it is, but my best guess is 50+ feet high ).  The river is a great alternative to pools, especially for us blondes!  This photo is mid-plunge from the top!

5.  Skydive Oregon

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Skydive Oregon is an extremely popular skydiving location in the Pacific Northwest.  Pricing starts as low as $190 and gets you up and going that day.  Growing up, I loved sitting out on our back patio and count the skydivers as they came down.

6.  The coast

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I’ll be the first to admit that the water is just a tad ( okay, very ) cold, but it’s beautiful!  The water is freezing because the current along the coastline flows down from Alaska.  Even though the water is chilly, you can’t find air more clean and fresh.  I love heading over for the weekend, or even just a day.

7.  Coffee

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This is one of my favorite things about Oregon in particular.  It’s never just a cup of coffee.  Just about everyone likes their coffee over there!  I love that Oregon values local coffee joints and small businesses so much.  After moving to the East Coast, all that is over here is Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts and no drive-thru coffee stands.  WHAT?!  I miss the two local drive-thru coffee shops in my hometown.  I’m coming for you!

8.  Brew Fest


I’m not even a fan of beer, but for those who are you better get your butt over here for Brew Fest!  The first microbrewery in Oregon opened in Portland in 1980 and it has taken off since then.  There are 58 breweries in Portland, 84 in the Portland-Metro area, 23 in Bend, 31 in Central Oregon, and 14 in Eugene.

9.  Powell’s Bookstore


Let me put it this way: on Google reviews, it has a 5.0/5.0 star rating with 2,556 reviews.  Yeah.  Essentially, it’s a bookstore that sells used, new, and out of print books.  It is the largest independent used and new bookstore in the world.  So if you’re in need of a new book to read, this is your place.

10.  Food carts


There is ( or was ) a TV show based on these.  There are rumors that the food cart extravaganza started in Portland!  So essentially these are trailers/carts that are parked in little parking lots and have some of the most delicious and authentic food that you can find.  You can eat your way across the world!

11.  Crater Lake


Crater Lake is a fresh water lake in Southern Oregon.  It is the deepest lake in the United States ( it’s depth at 1,943 ) and ninth deepest in the world.  The cliffs surrounding it are almost 2,000 feet high, and the water is some of the deepest, purest blue.  This place is so picturesque that it looks fake.  It is definitely an icon of Oregon, make sure you make time to go and see it for yourself and learn of it’s volcanic past.

12.  Voodoo Doughnut


Every Portlander has been here at least once.  The great thing about this place, is that all of the doughnuts are extremely unique.  It is a bit touristy, but if you make it out to Portland you better make a stop.  Maple and bacon, anyone?

13.  Multnomah Falls

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Multnomah Falls is arguably the most famous waterfall in Oregon.  It’s located in the Columbia River Gorge and has panoramic views from the top.  It’s a relatively easy hike, as most of the hike is paved for you.  Once you get to the top, there is a balcony that puts you right over the top of the waterfall and offers you the fantastic views of the Columbia River.

A special note of thanks to Brandon M. for letting me use his photos.  His Instagram is overflowing with fantastic photography of Oregon and his travels.

2 Comments on 13 Reasons Why You Should Travel To Oregon Right Now

  1. Aunt Keirene
    July 20, 2015 at 3:06 pm (3 years ago)

    Melissa. This is excellent. One typo. Last paragraph thanking Brandon. I believe you want the word me not my. But this is awesome.

  2. Laura Jaramillo
    July 21, 2015 at 10:24 pm (3 years ago)

    This is awesome! So proud of You! You are great! I wish I could see all these places one day! Miss you and see you soon!


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