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Oregon’s Hidden Gems


Based in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon offers a diverse landscape of lush forests, rugged coastlines, and vibrant cities — an ideal destination for travelers seeking both adventure and relaxation. From the majestic peaks of the Cascade Range to the charming coastal towns, Oregon has something for everyone. Here are some of the best places to vacation in the Beaver State.


Portland, known as the “City of Roses,” is a bustling metropolis renowned for its thriving arts scene, diverse culinary offerings, and lush green spaces. According to, Visitors can explore iconic landmarks like the Portland Japanese Garden, sample local brews at one of the city’s many craft breweries, or browse the eclectic shops in the Pearl District. With its vibrant culture and lively neighborhoods, Portland is a must-visit destination for any traveler. 

Another great destination in Oregon, according to, is Cannon Beach, located along the scenic Oregon coast. Cannon Beach is famous for its dramatic rock formations, including the iconic Haystack Rock. Visitors can stroll along the sandy shores, explore tide pools teeming with marine life, or take a leisurely hike along the coastline. With its picturesque scenery and laid-back atmosphere, Cannon Beach is the perfect seaside retreat.


Crater Lake National Park, formed by the collapse of an ancient volcano,  is the deepest lake in the United States and boasts stunning sapphire-blue waters. Visitors can hike along the rim of the crater, take a boat tour to Wizard Island, or simply soak in the breathtaking views. Whether visiting in the summer or winter, Crater Lake National Park offers year-round beauty and outdoor adventure.


Situated in the heart of central Oregon, Bend is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts with its abundance of hiking, biking, and skiing opportunities. Visitors can explore the scenic Deschutes River Trail, sample local wines and nearby vineyards, or hit the slopes at the nearby Mt. Bachelor ski resort. With its vibrant arts scene and lively downtown area, Bend is the perfect destination for those seeking adventure and relaxation. 


Among these beautiful destinations, tucked away in the southern part of the state, Ashland is best known for its world-class theater scene highlighted by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Visitors can catch a performance at one of the festival’s multiple theaters, explore the quaint downtown area with its charming shops and restaurants, or hike along the nearby Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. With its unique blend of culture and natural beauty, Ashland offers a one-of-a-kind vacation experience. 


The Columbia River Gorge, spanning the border between Oregon and Washington is a breathtakingly beautiful destination known for its stunning waterfalls, scenic overlooks, and abundant outdoor activities. Visitors can hike to iconic waterfalls like Multnomah Falls, windsurf along the river, or explore the historic Columbia River Highway. Whether enjoying the vibrant fall foliage or the lush greenery of spring, the Columbia River Gorge offers year-round beauty and adventure.


Lastly, situated at the mouth of the Columbia River, Astoria is a charming coastal town with a rich maritime history. Visitors can explore historic sites like the Astoria Column and the Flavel House Museum, stroll along the picturesque waterfront, or sample fresh seafood at one of the town’s many restaurants. With its scenic beauty and small-town charm, Astoria is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.


From the vibrant city life of Portland to the rugged beauty of the Oregon coast, the Beaver State offers a wealth of vacation destinations for every traveler. Whether seeking outdoor adventure, cultural experiences, or simply relaxation, Oregon has something to offer everyone. So pack your bags and prepare to discover the natural beauty and charm of Oregon’s hidden gems.

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Juliet Weston, Writer
Juliet Weston is a sophomore at FGHS. She loves to read and play guitar. She plans on being a Lawyer in the future.

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