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Welcome to Oregon

The state of Oregon, tucked between Washington and California in the US Pacific Northwest, delights locals and visitors alike with its magnificent landscapes that are ripe for adventure. The state is home to mountains in the Cascade Range, including the majestic Mt. Hood, which can be seen from downtown Portland, the state's largest city. Tour Portland (aka Stumptown) from Pioneer Square to the French Renaissance–style Pittock Mansion while enjoying treats from the city's famous food carts. Then, head for the vast Columbia River, which snakes along much of the border between Oregon and Washington, creating the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Enjoy a hiking and rock climbing tour, stopping to admire waterfalls along the way; or book an adventurous white-water rafting tour. Marvel over stunning Crater Lake, Oregon's only national park and the deepest lake in the country. You can also wind surf, kayak, and Jet Ski on the Hood River. Take a break on a culinary tour across the Willamette Valley, known for a fine selection of wineries; learn to paddleboard in Corvallis on the river; join a biking or hiking tour of the hip city of Bend in summer (or ski there in winter); and head for family-friendly white-water rafting on the Rogue River in southern Oregon. Finally, lace up your walking shoes and explore the high deserts, fossil beds, and vast forests of eastern Oregon.

Top 15 things to do in Oregon

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Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge

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The Columbia River Gorge, one of the great natural treasures of the Pacific Northwest with its many dramatic waterfalls, channels the mighty Columbia River through the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, marking much of the border between Oregon and Washington. The gorge figures in early United States history, as it was here that the Lewis and Clark expedition completed its final stretch in 1805. Today the area is popular with hikers, windsurfers, and wine lovers.More
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Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

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Multnomah Falls is Oregon’s tallest waterfall at 620 feet (189 meters) and one of the state’s top natural landmarks. The falls are made up of two waterfalls fed from Larch Mountain and are recognizable for their setting tucked into sheer rock faces. The cascades are made more fairytale-like by the Benson Bridge, which spans the top of the lower falls and provides great photo ops.More
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Latourell Falls

Latourell Falls

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One of 90 waterfalls along Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge, Latourell Falls are the closest to Portland. Plunging from a height of 249 feet (76 meters, the waterfalls offer dramatic scenery and photo opportunities, while a hiking trail makes it easy to get up close and personal.More
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Portland Steel Bridge

Portland Steel Bridge

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With more than a dozen bridges spanning the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, Portland is certainly a city of bridges. However, there’s one that stands out; Portland's Steel Bridge is the only telescoping, double-decker truss bridge ever built. You can ride the light rail across, admire its expanse on a cruise, or just stroll along the century-old landmark.More
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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

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Designed for science fans of all ages, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) features five separate halls, eight hands-on science labs, a real submarine, an OmniMax giant-screen theater, and a planetarium. The museum is a science playground, with 200-plus interactive exhibits covering subjects such as climate change, chemistry, the human body, and technology.More
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Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

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Stretching more than 350 miles (563 kilometers) along the Pacific Ocean, the Oregon Coast winds from the Columbia River to the California border. Multiple parks and forests grant close encounters with wildlife and ancient redwood groves, while coastal towns, beaches, and lighthouses make perfect pit stops.More
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Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood

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Just outside of Portland, Mt. Hood stands at a majestic 11,249 feet (3,429 meters), making it Oregon’s tallest mountain. The dormant volcano often has steam rising from its fumaroles, adding to the serenity of the surrounding vista. Adventure-seekers who opt to climb the mountain all the way to its summit are rewarded with 12 glaciers at the peak—plus stunning views of the Cascade mountain range, and the valleys and cities below.More
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Willamette Valley

Willamette Valley

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A short jaunt southwest from downtown Portland, the Willamette Valley is known by wine lovers worldwide for its delectable pinot noirs, often produced in small batches. This picturesque region is also dotted with tasting rooms and is a popular spot for wine-tasting excursions from Portland.More
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International Rose Test Garden

International Rose Test Garden

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Free, outdoors, and centrally located, the International Rose Test Garden is an easy addition to your Portland vacation. Take time to smell some of the 10,000 roses representing 650 species when you stroll through the active test garden, located in Portland’s popular Washington Park.More
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Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square

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Sometimes called Portland's living room, Pioneer Square lives up to its reputation as a place that's welcoming to all. Though not the most scenic spot in the city, this centrally-located urban hub is surrounded by shops and eateries, and offers easy access to Downtown Portland attractions, whether you're walking or taking public transit.More
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Portland Pearl District

Portland Pearl District

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Portland’s Pearl District lives up to its evocative title. The small neighborhood in the heart of downtown is packed with local finds, from avant-garde art galleries to craft breweries to fine dining, with many establishments housed in renovated warehouse spaces. Plus, a bike- and pedestrian-friendly trail along the Willamette River accents the Pearl’s waterfront location.More
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Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Newberry National Volcanic Monument

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Located in the Deschutes National Forest, the Newberry National Volcanic Monument sprawls across 54,000 scenic acres in the high plains of Central Oregon. This natural wonder was once the site of the Newberry Volcano, which erupted over 75,000 years ago (and is still seismically active). It’s now filled with lakes, lava tubes, and geographical patterns, and visitors come to the area for hiking, camping, fishing, winter sports, and more.More
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Wahkeena Falls

Wahkeena Falls

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Situated on the Oregon side of the scenic Columbia River Gorge, Wahkeena Falls cascades 242 feet (74 meters) in tiers through lush green forest. It’s one of the most popular waterfalls in the area, not only because of its beauty, but also because getting to it requires only a very short hike.More
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Pittock Mansion

Pittock Mansion

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Once home to Henry and Georgiana Pittock, Portland’s original power couple, the Pittock Mansion sits on 46 acres (18.6 hectares) of land and contains exhibits featuring artwork and artifacts from the early 1900s. The house is perched on a hill 1,000 feet (305 meters) above downtown and offers sweeping views of Portland and the Cascade Range.More
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Vista House

Vista House

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Perhaps the most famous stop on the Historic Columbia River Highway, (and arguably its most scenic,) the iconic Vista House and rest stop was built as a tribute to early pioneers of Oregon lands. The observatory sits at the gateway to the Columbia River Gorge, offering sweeping views from its windows. Many stop in from the road to take in the surrounding cliffs, river, and fresh air, or watch boat traffic pass by through a telescope. When the weather permits there is also an outdoor balcony offering even greater views.Eight panels of the house’s interior tell the history behind Vista House’s construction and use, as well as the geology of the gorge. Much of its interior is covered in Alaskan marble, and its dome is made of beautiful copper. The stone, octagonal structure was built from 1916-1918 and is now listed as an Oregon State Park and on the National Register of Historic Places. The beloved building and setting is widely regarded to be one of the most beautiful places in the Pacific Northwest.More

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Top activities in Oregon

Rogue Valley Rapid Run

Rogue Valley Rapid Run

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Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
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Oregon Coast Day Trip: Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock
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Mt Hood Day Trip from Portland to Multnomah Falls and Hood River
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Full-Day Mt Hood Waterfall Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting
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Portland's Only Underground Donut Tour
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Oregon Coast Tour from Portland

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The Mt St Helens Adventure Tour from Portland
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Recent reviews from experiences in Oregon

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Amazing tour
Michele_M, Aug 2022
Afternoon Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
The waterfalls were wonderful.
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A 10 Star Tour
Evangeline_S, Aug 2022
Oregon Coast Tour from Portland
I recommend him and his company to anyone who plan to see the coast.
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Seeing height & force of...
Wayne_B, Jul 2022
Half-Day Columbia River Gorge and Waterfall Hiking Tour
Seeing height & force of the falls along with view of MtHood & even MtStHelens made for a great start of our Oregon vacation
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Great Saturday exploring
Sara_C, Jul 2022
Mt Hood Day Trip from Portland to Multnomah Falls and Hood River
I enjoyed the waterfalls, stopping at fruit stands for ice cream, and seeing Mt Hood up close and personal.
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Fun way to spend a day out
Alex_M, Jul 2022
Mt Hood Day Trip from Portland to Multnomah Falls and Hood River
Really enjoyable trip with our tour guide Eduardo, he had lots of interesting history and facts about the Oregon area, and we stopped off to see some amazingly beautiful scenery.
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The perfect day!
ROSA_G, Jul 2022
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
He also let our group decide which one of the waterfalls was the best!
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Fun experience
Rina_P, Jul 2022
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
It was fun and exciting to see different waterfalls other than the well known multnomah falls.
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First trip to Oregon!
Gina_G, Jun 2022
Half-Day Columbia River Gorge and Waterfall Hiking Tour
Our guide was very knowledgeable and was able to provide so much detail of the surrounding area and history of the falls.
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Best Oregon Coastline tour
zttc8gq7rp, May 2022
Oregon Coast Day Trip: Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock
The tour was very accommodating and we got to see tide pools and spend a lengthy time at the beach.
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Great!
Michelle_S, Apr 2022
Full-Day Guided Oregon Coast Tour from Portland
Highly recommend to anyone looking to see some of the beauty Oregon's coast has to offer.
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This tour is a must see!
Amy_L, Jul 2022
Oregon Coast Tour from Portland
To be able to see the coast when coming to Portland was an amazing experience, I recommend it to all travelers.
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Rebecca_Z, Jun 2022
Full-Day Guided Oregon Coast Tour from Portland
I never felt rushed or like I didn't get to see a lot.
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Awesome Rocks
Chandana_G, Jun 2022
Oregon Coast Day Trip: Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock
One has to see the famed Oregon coast to believe it, especially explained by a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide who explained the flora such as skunk cabbages that grow wild there.
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The best wine tour in Oregon!
Angela_L, Mar 2022
Willamette Valley Wine Tour from Portland with Lunch
Camille arranged for us to visit three wineries.
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Don’t miss this tour!!
cynthia_t, Sep 2021
Columbia River Gorge Tour from Portland
He shared so much information about the waterfalls and all kinds of data regarding Oregon.
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Columbia River Gorge Experience
samit_c, Aug 2021
Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls and Mt Hood Tour from Portland
It was an enjoyable trip filled with breathtaking views of the falls, columbia river, Mt.
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Fun and informative
Joseph_A, Jul 2021
Oregon Coast Tour from Portland
If you’re staying in Portland and you’d like to see the coast without having to rent a car and figure things out on your own, I would highly recommend this tour.
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Portland waterfalls
Sahak_G, Jul 2021
Afternoon Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Beautiful nature and waterfalls.
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Awesome Oregon waterfall tour
Nirelia_I, May 2022
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Excellent historical perspectives about Oregon from Adam Thorn Smith as we traveled from beautiful waterfall to awesome waterfall to wonderful waterfall and more!
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Worth Every Penny
Danita_W, Jul 2021
Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls and Mt Hood Tour from Portland
If you want to see some of Oregon's main highlights in a streamlined amount of time, but still be able to enjoy it, then this is a great way to do it.
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