As a state, Oregon is full of dualities. On the one hand, Portland’s urban center pulses with alt-cool; on the other, thousands of acres of vast evergreen forest remains refreshingly untamed. It’s this juxtaposition that forms the heart of the Pacific Northwest and exploring the state means recognizing that the enterprising spirit that brought the pioneers 200 years ago is still going strong. Each year, Oregon travel attracts adventurers with snowy mountain peaks, a rugged coastline and arid, eastern plains. Let Travel + Leisure’s Oregon travel guide lead you through the spaces in between.
Things Not to Miss in Oregon
• The hike to the top of Multnomah Falls for a bird’s eye look at the Columbia River Gorge.
• A day spent between the pinot vines in Willamette Valley wine country.
• A cup of warm cocoa at Mt. Hood’s historic Timberline Lodge after a day spent on the slopes.
• An afternoon spent between the stacks at Powell’s City of Books, the largest independent bookstore in the World.
• A hike along the shore’s of Crater Lake’s sapphire blue waters
When to Go to Oregon
Oregon is known for its rain, and for good reason. Although its temperate climate keeps its temperatures mild for the most part, wet weather can stretch from November through June. Many people choose to travel to Oregon during the summer months and take advantage of long, sunny days and dry heat, a combination that’s ideal for outdoor exploration.