Oregon

Oregon Travel Guide

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.

Articles about Oregon

Portland is a popular spot in summer—recently hosting Project Pabst, Pedalpalooza and the Rose Festival—but even locals and visitors want to take a break from all the action now and then by seeing another part of Oregon. Whether you want mountains...
As of July 1, it is now legal to carry up to an ounce of marijuana on flights from Portland International Airport to other destinations within Oregon. Officials confirm that the airport revised its policy as the statewide recreational marijuana la...
Portland is big on farm to table—but what if that distance between the farm and the table is only about 30 feet? That's the idea behind the growing popularity of the area’s farm dinners, where you eat at the location where the night's food was gro...
Sure, you could come to Portland and stay in a generic hotel tower downtown—or you could set up shop in a cool neighborhood, renting a unique space that lets you feel like you live here, often for less. Portland's AirBnB scene is especially vibran...
When most people think of quintessential American pizza cities, New York and Chicago jump out for their single-slice and deep-dish varietals. But in Portland, Oregon, the style of authentic, wood-fired, pizza native to Naples, Italy, rules, making...
Some of Portland, Oregon’s best shopping for vintage clothes, jewelry, and home goods is at the Portland Flea, held at the Union/Pine event space in the Southeast neighborhood on the third Sunday of the month. Mark your calendars now for June 21, ...
Robin Williams Memorial Costume Ride June 12, Irving Park, NE 7th Avenue and Fargo Street, leaves 7:30pm Celebrate the life and work of Robin Williams in a ride where costumes are strongly encouraged—picture a brigade of cycling Mrs. Doubtfire...
Check out the Goonies house. Cars aren’t allowed up the hill where Mikey's house sits, but you can park on the street (there's a sign that says Goonies visiting by foot are welcome) and walk the driveway to 324 38th Street—the gang’s informal head...
Portlanders are so wild about ice cream that even our vanilla isn't vanilla—it's single-origin Tahitian vanilla bean. Fun flavors in the city usually feature savory ingredients, and many scoop shops rotate seasonal specials or collaborate with che...
May is Oregon Wine Month, and Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest times of the year for throwing back pinots—both gris and noir—at wineries in Oregon’s famous Willamette Valley. Chapter 24 Vineyards, one of the scene’s latest newcomers, is ...