My home state of Oregon in the USA is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful places on the planet. From incredible coastlines to green forests to mountains, we have everything you could think of. And with so many beautiful spots to draw from, it’s often hard to narrow down the really amazing spots that you must see when you visit my home state. So here, in no particular order, are the 5 most beautiful spots in Oregon that are easy to get to!
This beautiful stretch of Northern Coastline is marked with giant rocks in the ocean and beautiful beaches. And while it hardly really gets “hot” at the Oregon Coast, it really is gorgeous all times of the year. And only an hour drive from Portland, the Oregon Coast is also super easy to get to.
While the Northern stretch of Oregon Coast is beautiful, the Southern sections are truly breathtaking. My favorite area if the Bandon area, where sand dunes meet incredible stretches of beach. And while this area will take longer to drive to, it’s well worth the trek!
I couldn’t do this list without including my home city of Portland and while I might be slightly biased, Portland really is a beautiful city and one of the best parts of my home state.
Columbia River Gorge
Just East of Portland lies the Columbia River Gorge which is a stunning landscape. The Columbia River cuts through high cliffs on either side of the Washington/Oregon border and creates a dramatic view as you drive East. Also nestled out here are hundreds of waterfalls to stop at!
Central Oregon + Bend
Central Oregon and the Bend area offers an entirely different landscape than that of Western Oregon and as you drive East, the landscape will slowly morph from green forests to high desert. The Central part of Oregon is incredibly unique and beautiful in it’s own unique way.
The Unending Journey says
Thanks for the tips! Shamefully, I have yet to visit Oregon, but I’ve seen so many incredible photos of the state, that it is definitely on the top of my to-do list. And, now that I’m back on the west coast, it’ll be even easier to see it.
It is definitely a worth while place to visit!
Kelley @ Move By Yourself says
You don’t have to tell me twice! I’ve been dying to go to Oregon forever, every picture I see is so gorgeous.
It’s such a beautiful place! Come to Oregon!!!! 🙂
Emily of Em Busy Living says
I love to see how varied Oregon is, from forested areas to the deserts.
It really is such a varied landscape in Oregon! From mountains to deserts to coastlines!
kaili willows says
I’m so in love with Oregon! I’m happy to see I’ve visited 3/5 of these locations. Can’t wait to check the other two off my list!
It’s such a beautiful state isn’t it?!?! Which 3 have you visited?
kaili willows says
It is! I’ve been to Cannon Beach, Bandon, and Portland. I’m really looking forward to exploring more of Central & Eastern Oregon when I get a chance 🙂
Nice! 3 of the best! 🙂
The Oregon coast and the Gorge and absolutely insanely beautiful! I visited the Gorge the last time I was there and fell in love. And the coast? I try to go every time in Portland and I can’t get enough. Plus, there’s Tillamook and I loooove a good cheese snack.
Yea both are such beautiful spots and so close to Portland!!!! 🙂