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

It’s said that Portland, Oregon, has something for everyone, whether you’re a craft beer aficionado, live music junkie, arts supporter, or outdoor enthusiast. No surprise, then, that the city is also rich in its offerings for those who don’t want ...
Weatherly Creamery Building Noteworthy newcomers to this 1921 structure include Ancient Heritage Dairy, where 11 different styles of sheep-milk cheese ripen in three caves (for bloomy, natural, and washed rinds). Next door at Renata (entrées $2...
Weatherly Creamery Building Noteworthy newcomers to this 1921 structure include Ancient Heritage Dairy, where 11 different styles of sheep-milk cheese ripen in three caves (for bloomy, natural, and washed rinds). Next door at Renata (entrées $2...
Fans of the ’80s film The Goonies may no longer make the pilgrimage to see the home featured in the film. The house, which is located in Astoria, Ore., is no longer open to visitors and tourists. The homeowner has closed off the home, since tho...
Portland has warm, dry summers and soggy, gray winters, meaning depending on the season, you'll want to change your activities to have the ideal weekend: a hike and visit to gardens in the summer, or a visit to an outdoor hot tub or the country's ...
The Portland Farmers Market on the grassy campus of Portland State University is one of the largest and best greenmarkets in the country, running every Saturday of the year. It's the perfect place to sample the local meats, fruits, and vegetables,...
In the decade since Sarah Hart opened Alma Chocolates, a visit to taste her beguiling treats—bittersweet chocolate–dunked pistachio brittle, gold-leafed chocolate icons, rich cups of hot chocolate—has become a requisite stop on Portland’s food map...
MUSIC: Revolution Hall This 840-seat music spot in the rehabbed Washington High School on the Central Eastside was an instant hit when Neko Case performed at the opening last spring. There’s a certain frisson in wandering past lockers en route ...
MUSIC: Revolution Hall This 840-seat music spot in the rehabbed Washington High School on the Central Eastside was an instant hit when Neko Case performed at the opening last spring. There’s a certain frisson in wandering past lockers en route ...
When I lived in Portland briefly in the late 1990s, East Coast friends kept calling to ask me how life was in Seattle. Fast-forward 20 years, and Portland’s national profile has skyrocketed; it’s the subject of travel-magazine features like this o...