The state of Oregon is the perfect destination for a summer vacation as it offers travelers such a diverse and awe-inspiring landscape made up of mountains, desert, wild forests, valleys, lakes, and a beautiful coastline. For individuals, couples or families looking for activity and adventure, there are endless opportunities for enjoyment. This doesn’t mean, however, that people in search of modern luxury, nightlife, restaurants, and shopping won’t find everything they need here too. If you’re considering a trip to Oregon this summer but not sure where you should go, here’s a quick guide to some of the state’s most popular areas.
The city of Newport is on the central Oregon coast and offers travelers a variety of beach and nautical-themed activities. This is where you’ll find the Oregon Coast Aquarium which is popular with both adults and children, but you can often see whales off the coast and find some fascinating creatures in the rockpools. Do some hunting for agate or visit Newport Marina Store and Charters so you can head out to sea and catch your own fresh crabs. If you’re in Newport in July, you may be able to catch the Lincoln County Fair.
Thrill seekers and adventurers can’t go far wrong with a visit to Astoria near the Columbia River. Take the opportunity to tour the Astoria waterfront and waterways by renting kayaks from Astoria Scuba and Adventure Sports or ride on the Astoria Riverfront Trolley to get a taste of history. You can also experience the area’s incredible scenery while zip-lining with High Life Adventures in Warrenton or head to Fort Stevens State Park for hiking, swimming, and cycling.
Lincoln City is on Oregon’s Central coast and offers visitors 7 miles of gorgeous soft, sandy beaches for relaxation, fun, and exploration. When you book Oregon beach vacations, remember to check how close your accommodation is to the beach and other facilities like restaurants and tourist attractions. Highlights in the area include the D River which is the shortest river in the world and Siletz Bay which is just a short walk from the very popular Mo’s Seafood and Chowder Restaurant. In addition to the beaches, you can also visit the Lincoln City Glass Center where you can watch expert glassblowing demonstrations, enjoy the exquisite and unique pieces on show in the gallery and even create your own piece of glass art. History fans might be interested in the North Lincoln County Historical Museum where you can learn about the city’s origins and unique timeline.
Portland is one of the most popular tourist destinations and is simply jampacked with attractions to keep you busy. The annual Portland Rose Festival and the International Rose Test Garden showcase the region’s beautiful roses which are renowned internationally thanks to the area’s climate. To continue your horticultural journey, you should visit the Japanese Garden and the Lan Su Chinese Garden are enjoy the exquisite landscapes and Asian features. If shopping is what you’re after, visit the Portland Saturday Market for arts and crafts or the Farmer’s Market for delicious produce from the region.