From August 1848 until February 13th, 1859, Oregon was a territory in the upper west United States. On this day, in 1859 it was admitted to the Union and become the 33rd state of America.
Oregon isn’t the only state that has Valentine’s Day birthdate and earlier today we talked about Arizona but for now, let’s look at the state sandwiched between Washington and California.
Originally, the Oregon territory was massive. Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, and even Montana were all part of the territory.
As part of the Pacific Coastline, Oregon offers some of the most beautiful parts of the United States and while it may not be a state that many think of when they start planning a vacation, they probably should start. With lush vegetation and pristine coastal views, Oregon is a special state that is often forgotten.
Crater Lake National Park
Nestled in the Cascade Mountains, Crater Lake sits in the southwestern part of the state. The lake was formed from an extinct volcano rather than a meteor or other space object. The hills and rim were formed from lava and the cliffs can rise to 2,000 feet.
There are two campgrounds that are developed in the park. During the winter months, there are no vehicles allowed on Rim Drive, a maintained road that circles the lake. In the winter, those wishing to travel the area do so on skis.
The area surrounding the park offers more hiking trails and river adventures.
The city is a bustling metropolis (not right now sadly) where modern tech meets history. One top attraction you won’t want to miss is the Japanese Gardens in Washington Park. Lush vegetation and hiking trails intertwine with Japanese architecture to offer a relaxing and stunning experience that allows you to relax.
In the city, several tours will take you through the city’s historical areas. There are bus, walking, and biking tours as well as great food tours to taste your way around the city. Why not mix in the beer tour while you’re at it! Want to get out of the city and offshore? Take a boat tour and see the city from a different perspective and if that does do it for you, take a hot-air balloon and see if from above!
“Goonies never die!”
In the upper northwest of the state, you will find the quaint city of Astoria where the river meets the Pacific. The city is a breathtaking seaside community surrounded by water on two sides and forest behind it. It is also where the film “Goonies” was filmed and fans of the movie have flocked to Astoria to see key areas that were used in the filming and learning more about it.
The riverfront is home to shops, restaurants, and museums. Sitting along the Columbia River, downtown Astoria is a wonderful experience in summer. At the Maritime Museum, a hands-on educational experience exists for the younger family members.
At 125 feet high, the Astoria Column, which looks like a lighthouse without a light, allows visitors to climb to the top and take in a 360-degree view of the surroundings.
Oregon Coast Trail
Driving from the north or the south, the OCT will give visitors perfect views of the Pacific coastline. Beaches are connected along the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor. This 12-mile stretch takes tourists to some of the best spots for pictures and even a dip in the chilly waters. Be sure to stop at Lone Ranch Beach, considered to be one of Oregon’s best.
The community of Bend sits almost in the center of the state and sits on the Deschutes River. From Bend, you can experience almost all of what Oregon has to offer. Waterfalls, Lava Butte, a national volcanic park, and hundreds of hiking and climbing trails.
A short hop to Terrebonne will take you to Smith Rock State Park which provides more hiking and climbing trails. The river winds through tall rocky mounts and in the summer months are dotted with climbers. It’s a beautiful place to relax and is a great photography spot. In addition, the park has an RV park.
Mount Hood National Forest
The highest point in Oregon will be found at Mount Hood National Forest. The over 11,000 feet tall mountain is one of the most photographed spots in the state. At the base, you will find Trillium Lake, waterfalls, and more hiking trails.
On the mountain, ski trails blaze downward at the Mount Hood Skibowl. Perhaps the most stunning spot in Oregon, this national park should be on your itinerary.