Lost Girls’ Guide to OregonOregon — By Lost Girls on July 25, 2012 at 9:47 am
See and Do
The Pacific Coast Trail – Fasten your hiking bootstraps and step out onto the Pacific Coast Trail. This trail actually extends from Mexico to Canada but is especially spectacular throughout Oregon. Expanding from North to South through Oregon this trail is mostly all wooded, passing through prominent landmarks such as Crater Lake, Mt Hood, and the Columbia Gorge. In addition to enjoying its extensive beauty, hikers pass behind waterfalls, through dense forests, and small lakes and ponds till they finally come to the Washington/Oregon border and cross the Bridge of the Gods.
Mt. Hood – Whether it‘s winter or summer there is always something to do at Mt Hood. In the winter time, grab your snowboard or skis and hit the slopes. If you’re a night owl try out SkiBowl and ski under the stars and moon. In the summertime grab your mountain bike and pedal your way through the many scenic trails.
Windsurfing and kite boarding in Hood River– Considered the windsurfing capital of the world, Hood River is packed with windsurfing and kite boarding newbies and seasoned pros. Join the dozens of other colorful sails on the Columbia River with kite boarding and windsurfing lessons from some of the locals.
Surfing and Scuba Diving the Pacific Ocean – Make sure to put on a very thick wet suit and jump into the waters of the Pacific Ocean. For all the surfers out there, grab your board and join the dozens of other surfers catching waves. Oregon waters can be a slightly tricky place to dive but can be perfect for those who like a little bit of a challenge. Those who do venture into Oregon water will reap rewards in the form of untouched beauty. Some of the sea life divers come across are octopus, red snapper, sea lions and occasionally Orca whales.
Winchester Bay – One of the numerous sand dunes in Oregon, Winchester Bay is considered to be one of the best places to ride your ATV or quad. It also boasts lots of beauty due to it’s location near the coast and the forests. If you have the need for speed, rent a quad and head to the dunes. Afterwards, head to a local seafood restaurant near the water and make sure to take some clam chowder and fresh salt water taffy before you head home.
Portland– After all of this outdoor activity head over to Portland for some of the best street food in the world, according to US News Travel. Almost any ethnic food one can think of can be found amongst these street vendors. Not only is it great tasting and new, but it’s also light on the wallet. Broaden your horizons and try something you’ve never tried before; my personal favorite – nutella covered waffles. Or you can head over to Voodoo Doughnuts and try out a maple bacon donut.
You can also…
- Visit Multnomah Falls and possibly hike to the top of the falls.
- Shop at the local stores along the coast
- Pick up fresh flowers and craft items from local artists at the Saturday market in Portland.
- Attend a Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.
- Visit the Pine Mountain Observatory in Bend and discover nebulas and stars you never knew existed.
- Check out Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the U.S. and one of the deepest in the world.
- Go on a wine tour through the beautiful Oregon Wine Country.
- Learn how they make cheese at the famous Tillamook cheese factory.