Basic Travel Guide for Things to Do in Oregon

The State of Oregon was founded in 1859 and is located in the upper Northwest corner of the United States. This state is currently home to 4.19 million people, the state of Oregon is bordered by Washington State to the North, Idaho to the East, and California and Nevada to the South. It is located at the edge of the Pacific Ocean and home to one of the most breathtaking coastlines in the United States.

Dubbed as the state home to more trees than people, Oregon is geographically partitioned into six areas of lowlands, plateaus, and mountains. It features more than 361 State parks, 5 million acres of trees, the picturesque Cascade Mountain, and the deepest lake in the US.

Basic Travel Guide for Things to do in Oregon

 How to Start Planning your Oregon Adventure 

  1. Natural Attractions
  2. State Parks
  3. Scenic Road Trips
  4. Hiking
  5. Camp Guide
  6. Backpacking
  7. Golfing
  8. Museums

Things to do in Oregon

As biased as this may sound, we believe that Oregon happens to be one of the best states in the entire U.S. It features a stretching, scenic coastline, diverse climates and landscapes, deep history, and more trees than people. I mean, what’s not to like? With so many amazing places to see and things to do within our 98,381 square miles of land, it can be tough to make a decision on where to go and what to see. Below we’ve compiled our top 10 favourite things to do and see in the state of Oregon. Check it out, plan your trip and remember – the possibilities are endless in this great state.

  1. Visit Crater Lake: Crater Lake is truly awe-inspiring. It is the only National Park in Oregon and the deepest lake in the entire United States. Crater Lakes are formed when an eruption triggered the collapse of what was a tall peak over 7,700 years ago. 
  2. Visit the Oregon Coast: Oregon’s coastline is roughly 363 miles of unmatched beauty. Better yet? All of our beaches are free and public thanks to a trailblazing beach bill passed in 1967. With so much diversity along our coastline, it can be overwhelming to choose just one place to visit. Check out the southern coast for more secluded beaches and slower-paced towns, or head up to the central and northern coast where tourists flock by the 100,000’s every summer. Wherever you go, you are sure to be mesmerized by the mighty Pacific Ocean and the towns scattered along its shores. Below we’ve listed a few of our personal favourite towns to check out along the Oregon coast:

Where to go in Oregon

– Astoria: 

The oldest town west of the Rockies, Astoria is chock-full of history, art, and craft beverages. The bar, known as “The Graveyard of The Pacific” is so notorious that a licensed bar pilot has to navigate boats across it and the T.V. show Ghost Adventures has an entire episode dedicated to it (Astoria alone has a 4-part craft specially dedicated to its spooky past and haunted underground). Named the 2nd “drunkest” city in Oregon has exceptional numbers of bars per capita and a great selection of craft breweries.

– Seaside: 

The epitome of an Oregon beach vacation destination, Seaside Oregon is one of the coast’s most popular towns thanks to its abundance of family-friendly features. The popular downtown street, Broadway, leads to what is called the “turn-around.” It is essentially a turnaround at the end of downtown the stretches onto the beach allowing traffic to be redirected, and a place for people to hang out and watch the action around them. It also lies in the centre of “The Prom” – a 1.5-mile paved walkway that stretches across the beach granting walkers, runners, bikers, and skaters a place to stretch their legs and take in some ocean views while they’re at it.

– Florence: 

Dubbed the Oregon Coasts “Playground,” Florence is home to miles of uncrowded beach. The secluded beaches and rolling dunes make this a popular spot for ATV and dune buggy riding, horseback riding, sandboarding, camping, and more. If you’re looking to branch out check out one of their many hiking trails or dozen-plus lakes in the area. Florence’s Old Town District is home to diverse food, and art scene much like their neighbours up and down the coast. 

If you would love to know more about this awesome state or would love to plan a trip, please visit this link: visit Oregon.

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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