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21 Awesome Places to Visit in Oregon

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Welcome to the beautiful state of Oregon. Located in the Pacific Northwest, sandwiched between California and Washington, Oregon just might be one of the most underrated destinations in the United States. There are so many things to do in Oregon from incredible hiking trails to picturesque beaches, hip urban centers, high mountains, and waterfalls. Oregon has it all! So let’s dive into some of the top places to visit in Oregon.

The Best Things to Do in Oregon

People often skip right over Oregon from flying from Seattle, Washington to vacation in California, but it should not be missed! To help you plan your visit to Oregon and put it higher on your travel radar, let’s explore all the top attractions in the state. Where are you going next on a road trip? I bet Oregon will pop to the top of your bucket list after this!

1. Smith Rock State Park

Visit Smith Rock State Park in Oregon

For some of the best hiking in Oregon, Smith Rock State Park is a must. Travel Oregon made it a part of the 7 Wonders of Oregon and for good reason. This beautiful State Park is a mecca for rock climbers with more than 1000 bolted routes! Its cathedral rock spires make for picture-perfect scenery with it all reflecting in the winding river below.

Things to do in Smith Rock State Park

Hiking Misery Ridge in Smith Rock State Park Oregon

There are plenty of reasons to visit Smith Rock State Park besides rock climbing, it is an outdoor lovers’ paradise. Hikers can enjoy beautiful trails making it one of the most popular state parks in Oregon.

Our favorite is Misery Ridge Trail which is challenging but takes you out to stunning views of the park’s rock formations, and the River Trail, which follows the Crooked River and offers great opportunities for wildlife viewing. Keep an eye out for golden eagles, mule deer and river otters when you are out for your hike. Read more: Smith Rock State Park – Misery Ridge Hike

Smith Rock State Park is also a great place for mountain biking with 30 miles of biking trails suitable for all levels. So, rent a bike and hit the trails or you can simply relax and do some car camping. There are campsites for RV camping, tent camping and there are even yurts and cabins for rent in the park.

Where to Stay Near Smith Rock

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There are closer places to stay near Smith Rock including the Smith Rock Resort and Crooked River Ranch Cabins

Stay near Smith Rock at Sisters. We stayed at Five Pine Lodge offers unique lodging in the nearby central Oregon town of Sisters. We stayed here the night before our cycling trip to Smith Rock…

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