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The Pacific Northwest State of Oregon is truly an undiscovered gem. The sheer variety of Oregon's scenery is staggering from cascading waterfalls, dense forests, glorious wild mountains ranges and deep canyons to uncrowded beaches and quaint towns.
It’s home to Hells Canyon, the USA’s deepest river gorge. Breathtakingly beautiful Crater Lake, a collapsed volcano, is America’s deepest lake and Mount Hood, is the world’s second most climbed mountain in the world. Don't forget the picturesque wine region, miles and miles of pristine wilderness and those hip and funky towns too. Come to Oregon to discover one of the USA's best kept secrets.
The historic Oregon Trail commemorates its 175th anniversary in 2018. Famed as the “Pathway to the West”, it was in 1843 that around 1,000 pioneers made the 2,200-mile journey to Oregon, marking the start of the “Great Migration”. Experience what it is like to ride in a wagon train as these pioneers did, on our
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Visit Washington Park and its International Rose Test Gardens, Japanese Garden, Oregon Zoo and Forest Discovery Centre. Plan a relaxing dinner near the hotel or energetic, catch a live theatre performance, music event, or one of Portland's professional sports.
This city has many unique neighbourhoods, all of which you can enjoy via public transportation. The Portland Streetcar and MAX train will take you to Nob Hill - around NW 23rd Street with its many boutique shops and Victorian villas. Portland's many neighbourhoods and districts offer much to see and do and show off the many unique flavours of this great city: the Cultural District of Portland with the Portland Art Museum, the Lloyd District with sports and concert venues, and Lloyd Centre mall, Hawthorne with its young and retro feeling. Check out the Pearl's galleries, Chinatown's rare Classical Chinese Garden (the largest outside of mainland China), or just enjoy strolling along Waterfront Park. The blocks are short and it's a very green experience in Portland. Top off the day with a dinner cruise on the Willamette River boarding from downtown.
Distance: 174 miles
Additional major attractions include the Evergreen Aviation Museum, The Oregon Gardens and Mission Mill Museum. Spend the night in Florence, on the Oregon Coast, a delightful riverfront port town. Stroll along the historic boardwalk and watch the fishermen bring in their catch of the day. Enjoy delicious Chowder in the seafood restaurants or stroll around the local boutiques or art galleries.
Distance: 156 miles
Distance: 206 miles
The Oregon Caves National Monument and Caves Chateau are approximately one hour off this highway, and worth a stop. The Rogue River in Grants Pass is a major activity centre in Southern Oregon. The entire city of Jacksonville is on the National Register of Historic Places and Medford is the home to the internationally famed Bear Creek Company, including Harry & David's and Jackson Perkins roses.
Ashland has gained much national and British recognition as the home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which runs February to November. Head east to Klamath Falls.
Distance: 176 miles
The stunningly beautiful Volcanic Legacy All American Highway will be your destination today. Activities on Klamath Lake include kayaking, bird and wildlife watching, hiking and more. Drive along Klamath Lake and its unspoiled nature to Crater Lake National Park. Along the Rim Drive, the sight of the deepest lake in the U.S. and its wizard island will make your camera click by itself.
Boat rides on Crater Lake are available during the summer months; the south entrance to the National Park is open year-round. Head north and consider driving the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway - with views of snow-topped mountains - into Bend or any of the quaint communities in Central Oregon.
Distance: 232 miles
The John Day Fossil Beds National Monuments, parts of the Journey Through Time Scenic Byway are on today's program and lots more of Oregon's Pure Nature. Enjoy driving through the Ochoco National Forest, stop at the Painted Hills and John Day's Sheep Rock unit. Visit the Kam Wa Chung National Memorial in John Day, a tiny and truly unique Chinese medicine man's home.
Ghost towns are alongside the road and stop at the Sumpter Dredge, now an Oregon State Park, before arriving in Baker City.
Distance: 198 miles
The Hells Canyon All American Road, where the road itself is the destination is planned for today. The Flagstaff Hill Oregon Trail Interpretive Centre in Baker City is your first must-see. The Oregon Pioneer story is told here with the many wonderful exhibits. The little town of Halfway, also known as half.com, invites you for a leisurely stroll. Continue on the Hells Canyon Highway, with a possible stop for a jet boat ride at Copperfield dam. The Hells Canyon Overlook cannot be missed.
Joseph, named after the famous Chief Joseph, Nez Perce Indian Chief, is a hub for outdoor adventure fun in the Wallowa and Eagle Cap Mountains or on Wallowa Lake, bronze foundries and galleries.
Distance: 229 miles
Distance: 63 miles
Now you are travelling in the only Congressionally-designated National Scenic Area of the U.S. and along the fourth Oregon All American Road - the Historic Columbia River Highway with the many waterfalls and stunning vistas. Bonneville Dam with its large visitor centre, underwater fish ladders and fish counters, and sturgeon centre (a pre-historic fish) is a wonderful free attraction. Riverboat cruises start in Cascade Locks. Troutdale offers an outlet shopping centre and tax free shopping.
This is your last day before heading back home, however your adventure does not have to end here. Why not extend your journey and travel south down the California coastline, to San Francisco for a few days?
Call the USA experts at Bon Voyage to discuss your dream Awesome Oregon adventure.