One of the highlights of any visit to the Pacific Northwest is the drive north from California through Oregon to Seattle, Washington (or vice versa of course). The rugged winding coastline and lush forests give way to long stretches of uncrowded beaches, mountain peaks and quaint seaside towns.
Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake is located in Southern Oregon in the Cascade Mountain range. It lies inside a caldera, or volcanic basin, created when Mount Mazama collapsed almost 8,000 years ago following a large eruption. At 1,943 feet deep it is the deepest lake in America and one of the most spectacular.
Boat trips are available to Wizard Island, the cinder cone in the middle of the caldera, these are very popular and must be booked well in advance.
Mount Rainier National Park
Located 54 miles south east of Seattle, Mount Rainier National Park
encompasses 235,625 acres, ranging in elevation from 1,610 feet to 14,410 feet
above sea level. The "Mountain", as it is called by locals, is an
active volcano covered by snow and ice and surrounded by ancient forests and
On days of exceptional clarity, it can be seen from as far as Portland,
Oregon - over 100 miles away.
Surrounded by natural beauty, Portland offers visitors eclectic arts, music, culinary and outdoor experiences, set against the majestic backdrop of Mt. Hood. With its thriving maker community, DIY drive and passion for sustainability, Portland’s urban buzz is waiting to be explored through every season.
For ideas of what to see and do in and around Portland please click here.
Columbia River Gorge
The Columbia River Gorge received the federal stamp of approval when it was named a National Scenic Area in 1986, but Oregon's first inhabitants appreciated its pristine beauty long before then.
Today, majestic Mt. Hood and the towering cliffs of Columbia River Gorge look down on fishing boats and working tugs, but it doesn't take much imagination to picture Native American fishing platforms and laboring pioneers.
The area boasts a bountiful fruit industry, quaint riverfront towns and some of the world's best windsurfing waters. Mt. Hood's year-round recreation agenda features skiing, snowboarding, hiking, camping and biking. And best of all, everything is just a short drive from Portland.
Along the Historic Columbia River Highway and into the ‘Land of Plenty’ - what the Oregon Trail pioneers called the fertile Willamette Valley. Home to two-thirds of Oregon's wineries and vineyards, this verdant valley is known as one of the premier Pinot Noir producing areas in the world.
The Wild West spirit is alive and kicking in much of Eastern Oregon, where cattle ranches, rolling hills and wide-open roads intersect with small-town communities deeply connected to their land and culture.
This region has wine and food trails, world famous theatres and galleries, wild and scenic rivers and colourful landscapes that look like they were painted. In Southern Oregon there's plenty to do from fishing for trout, mountain biking or hiking through epic forest trails.
Adventures abound in Central Oregon. Especially during spring and summer the hilltops, lakes and azure skies beckon. Climb sky high snow-capped mountains, hike or bike scenic trails or take to the open road and stop for a picnic anywhere along the magnificent Metolius River.
To include the diverse state of Oregon as part of your tailor-made holiday to the USA, contact the experts at Bon Voyage.