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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 10 attractions 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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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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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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Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach

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Best known for the towering Haystack Rock set just off the coastline, Cannon Beach is a quaint beach town nestled on the northern Oregon coast. Its bluff-top downtown harbors art galleries, specialty shops, seafood restaurants, and scenic views. Ample coastal trails offer opportunities to explore the seaside cliffs and beaches.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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Latourell Falls

Latourell Falls

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Of the many waterfalls along the Columbia River Gorge, Latourell Falls is closest to Portland – which means it attracts plenty of visitors.Most of the waterfalls in the Gorge have at least two levels, but Latourell Falls drops straight from its highest point to the bottom in one fall. Height estimates vary, but it's somewhere between 224-249 feet tall depending on what you read. The creek that makes up the waterfall, Latourell Creek, isn't very large, so in the dry summer months the waterfall can sometimes decrease to a trickle. In the winter, however, it's quite impressive.Latourell Falls are named for a former postmaster general of nearby Rooster Rock in the late 1880s, Joseph Latourell, and are within the Guy W. Talbot State Park. The bottom of the falls is easily accessible – there's a parking lot nearby – and there's a two-mile trail to reach the top of the falls.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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Portland Japanese Garden

Portland Japanese Garden

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Dedicated in 1963, the Portland Japanese Garden has long been the spot to join others—both visitors and locals—in a quest for tranquility. Meditate by a waterfall and walk the paths that lead to nine themed garden areas. Don't miss the cultural village, designed by contemporary Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.More

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Wine Tasting in the Willamette Valley

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Top activities in Oregon

Full-Day Mt Hood Waterfall Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting
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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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Haunted Pub Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Oregon

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A day of beauty on the Oregon coast!
Amy_B, Oct 2021
Oregon Coast Day Trip: Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock
It was wonderful to see many beautiful areas of the Oregon coast with Gunnar.
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Insightful guided tour at a great price
christina, Oct 2021
Half-Day Columbia River Gorge and Waterfall Hiking Tour
The tour allowed for ample time to take in the breathtaking falls of the area.
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A beautiful tour of Oregon’s rocky coast
Laura_T, Oct 2021
Oregon Coast Day Trip: Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock
This is a great way to see Oregon’s beautiful coast without having to do all the driving.
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Mt.Hood & Falls Tour & much more
Sandy_P, Sep 2021
Mt Hood Day Trip from Portland to Multnomah Falls and Hood River
So much to see & experience & a great day taking in all this tour has to offer, so worth it for sure...
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Awesome trip!
Tabitha_P, Aug 2021
Mt Hood Day Trip from Portland to Multnomah Falls and Hood River
It was such a great way to see 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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Must do tour !
Josselin-Jo, Oct 2021
Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls and Mt Hood Tour from Portland
We got to see 3 falls and each stop, I felt like we had more than enough time.
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In Spite Of TLC, I Went Chasing Waterfalls - And Loved It
Brett_B, Sep 2021
Half-Day Columbia River Gorge and Waterfall Hiking Tour
John was a knowledgeable, friendly, and laid-back tour guide throughout our waterfall and historic Oregon tour.
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Waterfalls
Jessica_T, Jun 2021
Afternoon Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
The waterfalls were for fours!
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Fantastic!!
Kathryn_C, Jun 2021
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
With only a few days to visit Portland, I found this to be the perfect tour to see a couple of amazing Oregon waterfalls.
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Awesome Day at the falls
William_S, May 2021
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Very knowledgable about not only the falls, but also about Portland and Oregon in general.
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BOOM!
Will_K, Oct 2020
Columbia River Gorge Tour
We had never been or Oregon and wanted to see waterfalls in Portland.
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Beautiful tour
Amber_S, Jul 2021
Oregon Coast Day Trip: Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock
Great way to see the Oregon Coast.
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Amazing Experience
Veena_H, Aug 2020
Northern Oregon Coast Day Trip
Hood Waterfall wine tour).
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Waterfalls
Eva_V, Feb 2020
Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
The guide was detailed and gave a thorough explanation of each waterfall!
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Oregon Waterfalls
mrssimpson05, Nov 2019
Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
You get to worsee Ithe different kwatwrfalls in Oregon and the hatchery.
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Excellent Private Tour
Barbara_G, Aug 2021
Mt Hood Day Trip from Portland to Multnomah Falls and Hood River
We saw more than we expected and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the area around Mt Hood and Multnomah Falls.
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See the wonders of Portland
Seleya_T, Jul 2021
Half-Day Columbia River Gorge and Waterfall Hiking Tour
Definitely worth the trip if you want to see the major waterfalls and see some beautiful scenic views across the city!
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