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    7. Outdoors & Nature
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  2. Recreation
    1. Birding
    2. Camping
    3. Cycling
    4. Fishing
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    6. Guides & Charters
      1. Back Country Guides
      2. Bicycle Guides
      3. Charter Boats
      4. Fishing Guides
      5. Hunting Guides
      6. Jet Boat Charters
      7. Outdoor Guides
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    7. Hiking
    8. Indoor Sports
    9. Jet Boating
    10. Kayaking
    11. Oregon Adventurecations
    12. Rafting
    13. Snow Sports
    14. Sustainable Travel
  3. Eat & Drink
    1. Artisan Producers
    2. Beer & Breweries
    3. Coffee & Tea
    4. Culinary Experiences
    5. Distilleries in Oregon
    6. Farmers' Markets
    7. Oregon Food Trips
    8. Picking & Foraging
    9. Ranches
    10. Restaurants
      1. American
      2. Asian Fusion
      3. Cajun / Creole
      4. Chinese
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      7. Irish
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      9. Japanese
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      11. Mediterranean
      12. Pacific Northwest
      13. Pizza
      14. Seafood
      15. Southern
      16. Thai
    11. Seafood
    12. Wineries & Wine
  4. Oregon Heritage
    1. Covered Bridges
    2. Ghost Towns
    3. Heritage Areas
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    5. Indian Country
    6. Lighthouses
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  5. Natural Wonders
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    2. Forests, Parks & Refuges
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      3. State Parks
    3. Mountains & Hills
  6. Events
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  1. All Regions
    1. Adams
    2. Adel
    3. Adrian
    4. Agness
    5. Albany
    6. Allegany
    7. Aloha
    8. Alsea
    9. Amity
    10. Antelope
    11. Arch Cape
    12. Arlington
    13. Arock
    14. Ashland
    15. Ashwood
    16. Astoria
    17. Athena
    18. Aumsville
    19. Aurora
    20. Azalea
    21. Baker City
    22. Bandon
    23. Banks
    24. Bates
    25. Bay City
    26. Beatty
    27. Beaver
    28. Beavercreek
    29. Beaverton
    30. Bend
    31. Blachly
    32. Black Butte Ranch
    33. Blodgett
    34. Blue River
    35. Bly
    36. Boardman
    37. Bonanza
    38. Boring
    39. Bridal Veil
    40. Bridgeport
    41. Brightwood
    42. Broadbent
    43. Brogan
    44. Brookings
    45. Brothers
    46. Brownsville
    47. Burns
    48. Butte Falls
    49. Buxton
    50. Camas Valley
    51. Camp Sherman
    52. Canby
    53. Cannon Beach
    54. Canyon City
    55. Canyonville
    56. Carlton
    57. Cascade Locks
    58. Cascadia
    59. Cave Junction
    60. Central Point
    61. Charleston
    62. Chemult
    63. Cheshire
    64. Chiloquin
    65. Christmas Valley
    66. Clackamas
    67. Clatskanie
    68. Cloverdale
    69. Colton
    70. Columbia City
    71. The Columbia River Gorge
    72. Condon
    73. Coos Bay
    74. Coquille
    75. Corbett
    76. Cornelius
    77. Corvallis
    78. Cottage Grove
    79. Cove
    80. Crabtree
    81. Crane
    82. Crater Lake
    83. Crawfordsville
    84. Crescent
    85. Crescent Lake
    86. Creswell
    87. Crooked River
    88. Culp Creek
    89. Culver
    90. Curtin
    91. Dairy
    92. Dallas
    93. Days Creek
    94. Dayton
    95. Dayville
    96. Deadwood
    97. Deer Island
    98. Depoe Bay
    99. Detroit
    100. Dexter
    101. Diamond
    102. Diamond Lake
    103. Dillard
    104. Donald
    105. Dorena
    106. Drain
    107. Drewsey
    108. Dufur
    109. Dundee
    110. Durkee
    111. Eagle Creek
    112. Eagle Point
    113. Echo
    114. Eddyville
    115. Elgin
    116. Elkton
    117. Elmira
    118. Enterprise
    119. Estacada
    120. Eugene
    121. Fairview
    122. Fall Creek
    123. Falls City
    124. Fields
    125. Florence
    126. Forest Grove
    127. Fort Klamath
    128. Fort Rock
    129. Fossil
    130. Fox
    131. Frenchglen
    132. Gales Creek
    133. Grandview
    134. Gardiner
    135. Garibaldi
    136. Gaston
    137. Gates
    138. Gearhart
    139. Gervais
    140. Gilchrist
    141. Gladstone
    142. Glendale
    143. Gleneden Beach
    144. Glide
    145. Gold Beach
    146. Gold Hill
    147. Government Camp
    148. Grand Ronde
    149. Grants Pass
    150. Grass Valley
    151. Gresham
    152. Haines
    153. Halfway
    154. Halsey
    155. Hammond
    156. Harbor
    157. Harper
    158. Harrisburg
    159. Hauser
    160. Hebo
    161. Helix
    162. Heppner
    163. Hereford
    164. Hermiston
    165. Hillsboro
    166. Hines
    167. Hood River
    168. Hubbard
    169. Huntington
    170. Idanha
    171. Idleyld Park
    172. Imbler
    173. Imnaha
    174. Independence
    175. Ione
    176. Ironside
    177. Irrigon
    178. Jacksonville
    179. Jamieson
    180. Jefferson
    181. John Day
    182. Jordan Valley
    183. Joseph
    184. Junction City
    185. Juntura
    186. Keizer
    187. Keno
    188. Kent
    189. Kerby
    190. Kimberly
    191. Klamath Falls
    192. La Grande
    193. La Pine
    194. Lafayette
    195. Lake Oswego
    196. Lakeside
    197. Lakeview
    198. Langlois
    199. Leaburg
    200. Lebanon
    201. Lexington
    202. Lincoln City
    203. Logsden
    204. Long Creek
    205. Lorane
    206. Lostine
    207. Lowell
    208. Lyons
    209. Madras
    210. Malin
    211. Manning
    212. Manzanita
    213. Mapleton
    214. Marcola
    215. Marion
    216. Marylhurst
    217. Maupin
    218. McKenzie Bridge
    219. McMinnville
    220. Meacham
    221. Medford
    222. Mehama
    223. Merlin
    224. Merrill
    225. Midland
    226. Mikkalo
    227. Mill City
    228. Milton Freewater
    229. Milwaukie
    230. Mitchell
    231. Molalla
    232. Monmouth
    233. Monroe
    234. Monument
    235. Moro
    236. Mosier
    237. Mount Angel
    238. Mount Vernon
    239. Mt. Hood
    240. Mulino
    241. Murphy
    242. Myrtle Creek
    243. Myrtle Point
    244. Nehalem
    245. Neotsu
    246. Neskowin
    247. Netarts
    248. New Pine Creek
    249. Newberg
    250. Newport
    251. North Bend
    252. North Plains
    253. North Powder
    254. Noti
    255. Nyssa
    256. Oakland
    257. Oakridge
    258. O'Brien
    259. Oceanside
    260. Odell
    261. Ontario
    262. Ophir
    263. Oregon City
    264. Otis
    265. Oxbow
    266. Pacific City
    267. Paisley
    268. Parkdale
    269. Paulina
    270. Pendleton
    271. Philomath
    272. Phoenix
    273. Pilot Rock
    274. Pleasant Hill
    275. Plush
    276. Port Orford
    277. Portland
    278. Post
    279. Powell Butte
    280. Powers
    281. Prairie City
    282. Princeton
    283. Prineville
    284. Prospect
    285. Rainier
    286. Redmond
    287. Reedsport
    288. Remote
    289. Rhododendron
    290. Rice Hill
    291. Richland
    292. Rickreall
    293. Riddle
    294. Riley
    295. Ritter
    296. Riverside
    297. Rockaway Beach
    298. Rogue River
    299. Rose Lodge
    300. Roseburg
    301. Rufus
    302. Saginaw
    303. Salem
    304. Sandy
    305. Scappoose
    306. Scio
    307. Scotts Mills
    308. Scottsburg
    309. Seal Rock
    310. Seaside
    311. Selma
    312. Seneca
    313. Shady Cove
    314. Shaniko
    315. Shedd
    316. Sheridan
    317. Sherwood
    318. Siletz
    319. Silver Lake
    320. Silverton
    321. Sisters
    322. Sixes
    323. South Beach
    324. Sprague River
    325. Spray
    326. Springfield
    327. St. Benedict
    328. St. Helens
    329. St. Paul
    330. Stanfield
    331. Stayton
    332. Steamboat
    333. Sublimity
    334. Summer Lake
    335. Summerville
    336. Sumpter
    337. Sunriver
    338. Sutherlin
    339. Sweet Home
    340. Swisshome
    341. Talent
    342. Tangent
    343. Tenmile
    344. Terrebonne
    345. The Dalles
    346. The Wallowas
    347. Thurston
    348. Tidewater
    349. Tigard
    350. Tillamook
    351. Tiller
    352. Timber
    353. Timberline Lodge
    354. Toledo
    355. Tolovana Park
    356. Trail
    357. Troutdale
    358. Tualatin
    359. Turner
    360. Tygh Valley
    361. Ukiah
    362. Umatilla
    363. Umpqua
    364. Union
    365. Unity
    366. Vale
    367. Veneta
    368. Vernonia
    369. Vida
    370. Waldport
    371. Wallowa
    372. Walterville
    373. Walton
    374. Warm Springs
    375. Warren
    376. Warrenton
    377. Wasco
    378. Wedderburn
    379. Welches
    380. West Linn
    381. Westfall
    382. Westfir
    383. Westlake/Dunes City
    384. Weston
    385. Wheeler
    386. White City
    387. Wilbur
    388. Wilderville
    389. Willamina
    390. Williams
    391. Wilsonville
    392. Winchester
    393. Winchester Bay
    394. Winston
    395. Wolf Creek
    396. Woodburn
    397. Yachats
    398. Yachats, Waldport and Seal Rock
    399. Yamhill
    400. Yoncalla
    401. Zigzag
  2. Central Oregon
    1. Antelope
    2. Ashwood
    3. Bend
    4. Black Butte Ranch
    5. Brothers
    6. Camp Sherman
    7. Crooked River
    8. Culver
    9. Dufur
    10. Grandview
    11. La Pine
    12. Madras
    13. Maupin
    14. Paulina
    15. Post
    16. Powell Butte
    17. Prineville
    18. Redmond
    19. Shaniko
    20. Sisters
    21. Sunriver
    22. Terrebonne
    23. Tygh Valley
    24. Warm Springs
  3. Eastern Oregon
    1. Adams
    2. Adrian
    3. Arlington
    4. Arock
    5. Athena
    6. Baker City
    7. Bates
    8. Boardman
    9. Bridgeport
    10. Brogan
    11. Burns
    12. Canyon City
    13. Condon
    14. Cove
    15. Crane
    16. Dayville
    17. Diamond
    18. Drewsey
    19. Durkee
    20. Echo
    21. Elgin
    22. Enterprise
    23. Fields
    24. Fossil
    25. Fox
    26. Frenchglen
    27. Grass Valley
    28. Haines
    29. Halfway
    30. Harper
    31. Helix
    32. Heppner
    33. Hereford
    34. Hermiston
    35. Hines
    36. Huntington
    37. Imbler
    38. Imnaha
    39. Ione
    40. Ironside
    41. Irrigon
    42. Jamieson
    43. John Day
    44. Jordan Valley
    45. Joseph
    46. Juntura
    47. Kent
    48. Kimberly
    49. La Grande
    50. Lexington
    51. Long Creek
    52. Lostine
    53. Meacham
    54. Mikkalo
    55. Milton Freewater
    56. Mitchell
    57. Monument
    58. Moro
    59. Mount Vernon
    60. North Powder
    61. Nyssa
    62. Ontario
    63. Oxbow
    64. Pendleton
    65. Pilot Rock
    66. Prairie City
    67. Princeton
    68. Richland
    69. Riley
    70. Ritter
    71. Riverside
    72. Rufus
    73. Seneca
    74. Spray
    75. Stanfield
    76. Summerville
    77. Sumpter
    78. The Wallowas
      1. Baker City
      2. Enterprise
      3. Imnaha
      4. Joseph
      5. La Grande
      6. Lostine
      7. Union
      8. Wallowa
    79. Ukiah
    80. Umatilla
    81. Union
    82. Unity
    83. Vale
    84. Wallowa
    85. Wasco
    86. Westfall
    87. Weston
  4.   The Wallowas
  5. Greater Portland
    1. Aloha
    2. Banks
    3. Beavercreek
    4. Beaverton
    5. Buxton
    6. Clackamas
    7. Clatskanie
    8. Colton
    9. Columbia City
    10. Cornelius
    11. Deer Island
    12. Fairview
    13. Forest Grove
    14. Gales Creek
    15. Gaston
    16. Gladstone
    17. Gresham
    18. Hillsboro
    19. Lake Oswego
    20. Manning
    21. Marylhurst
    22. Milwaukie
    23. North Plains
    24. Oregon City
    25. Portland
    26. Rainier
    27. Scappoose
    28. Sherwood
    29. St. Helens
    30. Tigard
    31. Timber
    32. Tualatin
    33. Vernonia
    34. Warren
    35. West Linn
  6. Mt. Hood / The Gorge
    1. Boring
    2. Bridal Veil
    3. Brightwood
    4. Cascade Locks
    5. Corbett
    6. Eagle Creek
    7. Estacada
    8. Government Camp
    9. Hood River
    10. Mosier
    11. Mt. Hood
      1. Estacada
      2. Government Camp
      3. Parkdale
      4. Rhododendron
      5. Sandy
      6. Timberline Lodge
      7. Troutdale
      8. Welches
      9. Zigzag
    12. Odell
    13. Parkdale
    14. Rhododendron
    15. Sandy
    16. The Columbia River Gorge
      1. Cascade Locks
      2. Corbett
      3. Eagle Creek
      4. Hood River
      5. Mosier
      6. Odell
      7. The Dalles
    17. The Dalles
    18. Timberline Lodge
    19. Troutdale
    20. Welches
    21. Zigzag
  7.   Mt. Hood
  8.   The Columbia River Gorge
  9. Oregon Coast
    1. Agness
    2. Allegany
    3. Arch Cape
    4. Astoria
    5. Bandon
    6. Bay City
    7. Beaver
    8. Blodgett
    9. Broadbent
    10. Brookings
    11. Cannon Beach
    12. Charleston
    13. Cloverdale
    14. Coos Bay
    15. Coquille
    16. Depoe Bay
    17. Eddyville
    18. Elkton
    19. Florence
    20. Garibaldi
    21. Gearhart
    22. Gleneden Beach
    23. Gold Beach
    24. Hammond
    25. Harbor
    26. Hauser
    27. Hebo
    28. Lakeside
    29. Langlois
    30. Lincoln City
    31. Logsden
    32. Manzanita
    33. Mapleton
    34. Myrtle Point
    35. Nehalem
    36. Neotsu
    37. Neskowin
    38. Netarts
    39. Newport
    40. North Bend
    41. Oceanside
    42. Ophir
    43. Otis
    44. Pacific City
    45. Port Orford
    46. Powers
    47. Reedsport
    48. Remote
    49. Rockaway Beach
    50. Rose Lodge
    51. Seal Rock
    52. Seaside
    53. Siletz
    54. Sixes
    55. South Beach
    56. Tidewater
    57. Tillamook
    58. Toledo
    59. Tolovana Park
    60. Waldport
    61. Warrenton
    62. Wedderburn
    63. Westlake/Dunes City
    64. Wheeler
    65. Winchester Bay
    66. Yachats
    67. Yachats, Waldport and Seal Rock
      1. Seal Rock
      2. Waldport
      3. Yachats
  10.   Yachats, Waldport and Seal Rock
  11. Southern Oregon
    1. Adel
    2. Ashland
    3. Azalea
    4. Beatty
    5. Bly
    6. Bonanza
    7. Butte Falls
    8. Camas Valley
    9. Canyonville
    10. Cave Junction
    11. Central Point
    12. Chemult
    13. Chiloquin
    14. Christmas Valley
    15. Crater Lake
    16. Crescent
    17. Crescent Lake
    18. Curtin
    19. Dairy
    20. Days Creek
    21. Diamond Lake
    22. Dillard
    23. Drain
    24. Eagle Point
    25. Fort Klamath
    26. Fort Rock
    27. Gardiner
    28. Gilchrist
    29. Glendale
    30. Glide
    31. Gold Hill
    32. Grants Pass
    33. Idleyld Park
    34. Jacksonville
    35. Keno
    36. Kerby
    37. Klamath Falls
    38. Lakeview
    39. Malin
    40. Medford
    41. Merlin
    42. Merrill
    43. Midland
    44. Murphy
    45. Myrtle Creek
    46. New Pine Creek
    47. O'Brien
    48. Oakland
    49. Paisley
    50. Phoenix
    51. Plush
    52. Prospect
    53. Rice Hill
    54. Riddle
    55. Rogue River
    56. Roseburg
    57. Selma
    58. Shady Cove
    59. Silver Lake
    60. Sprague River
    61. Steamboat
    62. Summer Lake
    63. Sutherlin
    64. Talent
    65. Tenmile
    66. Tiller
    67. Trail
    68. Umpqua
    69. White City
    70. Wilbur
    71. Wilderville
    72. Williams
    73. Winchester
    74. Winston
    75. Wolf Creek
    76. Yoncalla
  12. Willamette Valley
    1. Albany
    2. Alsea
    3. Amity
    4. Aumsville
    5. Aurora
    6. Blachly
    7. Blue River
    8. Brownsville
    9. Canby
    10. Carlton
    11. Cascadia
    12. Cheshire
    13. Corvallis
    14. Cottage Grove
    15. Crabtree
    16. Crawfordsville
    17. Creswell
    18. Culp Creek
    19. Dallas
    20. Dayton
    21. Deadwood
    22. Detroit
    23. Dexter
    24. Donald
    25. Dorena
    26. Dundee
    27. Elmira
    28. Eugene
    29. Fall Creek
    30. Falls City
    31. Gates
    32. Gervais
    33. Grand Ronde
    34. Halsey
    35. Harrisburg
    36. Hubbard
    37. Idanha
    38. Independence
    39. Jefferson
    40. Junction City
    41. Keizer
    42. Lafayette
    43. Leaburg
    44. Lebanon
    45. Lorane
    46. Lowell
    47. Lyons
    48. Marcola
    49. Marion
    50. McKenzie Bridge
    51. McMinnville
    52. Mehama
    53. Mill City
    54. Molalla
    55. Monmouth
    56. Monroe
    57. Mount Angel
    58. Mulino
    59. Newberg
    60. Noti
    61. Oakridge
    62. Philomath
    63. Pleasant Hill
    64. Rickreall
    65. Saginaw
    66. Salem
    67. Scio
    68. Scotts Mills
    69. Scottsburg
    70. Shedd
    71. Sheridan
    72. Silverton
    73. Springfield
    74. St. Benedict
    75. St. Paul
    76. Stayton
    77. Sublimity
    78. Sweet Home
    79. Swisshome
    80. Tangent
    81. Thurston
    82. Turner
    83. Veneta
    84. Vida
    85. Walterville
    86. Walton
    87. Westfir
    88. Willamina
    89. Wilsonville
    90. Woodburn
    91. Yamhill
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Where can I find huckleberries around Mt. Hood?

Huckleberries generally grow in the mountains above about 3000 feet. There are some great spots around Mt Hood, and I have even gone over to the Wallowas to pick.

A free permit is required from the Forest Service, even if you are only planning on harvesting a small amount for your personal use. My best advice is to ask the rangers when you stop in the Ranger Station to get your permit. I usually go to the Zig Zag Ranger station to do this. All that is required is a valid photo ID.

Be aware that there are some areas off limits to picking, as they are reserved to Warm Springs tribal members due to treaty rights. These areas are generally well marked. The rangers can also help you with this, and even provide maps.

If you aren’t interested in picking, there is generally a stand in the parking lot next to Charburger in Cascade Locks that sells them during the season. You may also be interested in the Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival.

However, my favorite place to find huckleberries is in one of the famous milkshakes from the Huckleberry Inn in Government Camp.

Happy hunting!!

What are some good hiking trails near Grants Pass?

Some of my favorite day hikes around Grants Pass are along Southern Oregon rivers and connected to mountain bike paths. Below are my top three.

Cathedral Hills Trail System:
This trail network is a great option if you’re short on time and want a trail head very close to town. It’s open to hikers, mountain bikers, and horses, and includes multiple loops, so it’s easy to adjust your hike to fit your schedule. The Outback Loop is 3.5 miles total, and a great route for viewing Madrone and Manzanita (beware, however, that you will encounter Poison Oak, too). From Grants Pass, Cathedral Hills is four miles out Williams Highway 238 on Espry Road.

Illinois River Trail:
For a more challenging hike, the Illinois River Trailhead to Pine Flat route is 5.3 miles, and follows the scenic Illinois River. You can find great swimming holes along the way in summer, but you’ll earn your dip in the water: the trail can be dusty and hot. In late May to July, wildflowers are spectacular here. From Grants Pass, take the Redwood Highway 18 miles to Selma Oregon. Take County Road 5070 (Illinois River Road) to 4103. The last few miles to the trail head are rugged!

Rainie Falls Trail:
For a cooler, southside hike, Rainie Falls follows the Rogue River from Grave Creek Bridge to the falls. The hike is 2 miles (and 2 more back) and is a great opportunity to see migrating salmon. It’s possible to swim at the falls, or better yet, eat a picnic lunch while watching kayakers and river rafters make the plunge down! From Grants Pass, take Exit 61 of I-5. Drive through Galice to the Grave Creek Bridge.

Enjoy hiking near Grants Pass!

What are some family-friendly things to do around Lincoln City?

Obviously beach activities like beachcombing, kite flying and building sandcastles tops the list, but there are some other attractions and day trips that I would recommend. Depending on your kids’ ages, the Jennifer Sears Glass Art Studio offers an opportunity for capable youngsters to create their own piece of art glass. Chinook Winds Casino Resort has an arcade and there is a kids’ park with kayaking and bumper boats on Devils Lake. I would highly recommend a couple of short day trips as well. Depoe Bay has a Whale Watching Center that is the most dependable place to spot gray whales, even during non-migratory times. The small town shops are also fun to explore. A trip to Newport and the Oregon Coast Aquarium is a can’t miss for kids and adults of any age. It’s a great place to spend at least two hours. The Newport bayfront is also a good place for kids with family attractions, dining and shopping. You are likely to see blubbery sea lions lounging and barking from the bay front docks. A trip south to Pacific City is also a possibility. The kids can climb the giant sand dune on the flank of Cape Kiwanda.

Answered by Gary Hayes, Ask Oregon Coast Expert on March 25th, 2014 - Post Your Answer

Where are the best hot springs in Southern Oregon?

Hands down, the best and most comprehensive hot springs option in Southern Oregon is Jackson Hot Springs in Ashland. This historic hotel and hot springs is now a wellness and eco-resort, called Jackson Wellsprings. On site, guests can enjoy an olympic sized pool, soaking pools, hot tubs, steam rooms, and private pools. The entire resort has a beautiful garden setting, and overnight lodging is available (though not required to ‘partake of the water’). Enjoy!

What are some good drives to see waterfalls that are just a short hike from the road?

Thanks for the question!  There are some very easy-to-follow routes for waterfall lovers.  I recommend you either order a free copy of the Oregon Scenic Byways magazine or view it online as it really outlines the routes with beautiful pictures.  As far as the time of year, there will be more water at other times of the year (winter, spring) however in August there is still more than plenty of water for the waterfalls.

From North to South

I-84 and the Columbia River Gorge: This is the iconic waterfall route in Oregon that includes Multnomah Falls (the states tallest).  The waterfalls in this area are breathtaking and also easy to access from the road.  They tend to be more crowded given the proximity to Portland.

Silver Falls: Given the short distance of the Columbia River Gorge, I suggest visiting the falls and then backtracking.  If you love farm land, make your way south through Mollala and Silverton to Silver Falls State Park.  This might be one of the best places to visit for waterfalls and hiking.  It’s just beautiful here.

Highway 126 – Florence to Sisters: Sweet Creek Falls is one of my favorite waterfall hikes is near Florence and the Oregon Coast.  The numerous falls parallel the trail and in the summer months the water is warm enough to wade into.  If you continue inland along Hwy 126 you pass Eugene and head into the McKenzie River Valley.  About an hour and a half drive from Eugene, you will arrive at Sahalie and Koosah Falls, two beautiful falls that are along the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail.  You can park at either waterfall and hike in a loop to see both.

Bend: Highway 126 east links up with Highway 20 which heads into Central Oregon and leads you towards Bend.  There are some beautiful falls in Bend, including Tumalo Falls.  From here you can head south along Highway 97 to Highway 138 west.  Highway 138 offers access to the north entrance of Crater Lake (this entrance is only open in the summer months) and parallels the wild and scenic North Umpqua River.  One of the highlights of the waterfalls on this route is Toketee Falls.  There isn’t much of a hike to get to this waterfall, but there are other waterfalls along Highway 138 with some more hiking.  If you want to hike here, I recommend seeing the falls and then cross the road to hike along the North Umpqua Trail (just watch out for poison oak, which is extremely thick in this area).

I hope this helps you plan a great trip.  Let me know if I can offer any more suggestions.

We are staying in Klamath Falls at the end of April. What are some fun day trips we can take from here?

Oh, wow, you are in for a treat! Klamath Falls is a beautiful area with lots to see.

Bird watching and boating are popular on its many waterways. There is also a fantastic geological destination south at Lava Beds National Monument. Try fishing or rafting with Roe Outfitters.

If you are up for a two hour drive north, you’ll catch awesome views of the Cascade Mountains along the way and end up in Bend, the biggest city in Central and Eastern Oregon, where culture, dining, and lots more recreation abounds. Hit the High Desert Museum while you’re up north.

Drive just over 60 miles west of Klamath Falls and end up in Ashland, home of the world famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival and more great dining, culture and wonderful outdoor opportunities. Absolutely don’t miss the opportunity to drive up to Crater Lake; you’ll have to come in from the south to Rim Village – the only visitors center accessible by car in the winter. Can I answer any other specific questions? Enjoy your trip!

Can you suggest a 2-day Oregon Coast itinerary beginning in Brookings?

The South Oregon Coast has many attractions that you could easily spend two days without traveling too far up the coast, depending on how long you want to linger and explore.

DAY ONE: I would save a full day for Harris Beach State Park and the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor. Plan your visit to Harris Beach for low tide and enjoy the tidepools and abundant bird life. There are many stops along the Boardman Corridor that offer easy access to stunning viewpoints and also some great short hikes. For short easy stops, consider Lone Ranch (beach access and tidepools), Cape Ferrelo (short walk to viewpoints), House Rock Viewpoint, Whaleshead Beach (steep, rough road to scenic rock formations and beach), Natural Bridges (short walk to an amazing view), Thunder Rock Cove (short hike to amazing views) and Arch Rock Viewpoint (easy walking paths with dramatic views).

DAY TWO: Otter Point State Recreation Site is a fascinating area just north of Gold Beach with interested rock formations of basalt and sandstone a short walk from the parking area. The drive north is very scenic from there, hugging the coastline to Port Orford. You will likely want to stop at several waysides for the views. If you continue north, make the side trip to Cape Blanco State Park to see the lighthouse at the end of the dramatic cape. If you save time to go as far as Bandon, you will be rewarded with amazing views along Beach Loop Drive. Must stops are Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint and Coquille Point, where walking paths overlook amazing rock formations. The Coquille River Lighthouse can be seen from the south side of the river, or you can cross over and get a close look at it in Bullards Beach State Park.

Brookings to Bandon is only about 85 miles, but there is so much great sightseeing, I can’t image you can do more than that in two very busy days!

Happy exploring!

Answered by Gary Hayes, Ask Oregon Coast Expert on March 1st, 2014 - Post Your Answer

We want to go wine tasting in the North Willamette Valley. Where should we stay and where should we eat?

The towns I love for wine tasting are Newberg, McMinnville and Dundee. All three are driving distance of each other in Yamhill County.

In Newberg there are lots of great B&B’s and vacation rentals. Here are a few favorites:
dreamgiversinn.com/ 
lepuy-inn.com/ 
lobenhaus.com/
distinctivedestination.net/lionsgateinn/

For dinner, The Painted Lady is seriously top notch. Recipe- A Neighborhood Kitchen is also very nice. Downtown Newberg has many tasting rooms all located within walking distance of each other. You can see a map here:  newbergdowntown.org/wine-tasting/ 

In McMinnville, walk the downtown area where you can shop, taste wine and eat at wonderful restaurants. Here you can stay at the Mattey House which is a B&B located in a beautiful 1892 Queen Anne Victorian Home on 10 acres.  Or perhaps you would prefer Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn, a 22 year old organic vineyard and tasting room with deluxe accommodations. There is also a classic European style B & B called The Steiger Haus that is located in downtown McMinnville. There are many options for meals in this town but a few of my favorites are: Community Plate (lunch only), Nick’s Italian Café and Bistro Maison. Here is a guide to downtown McMinville:  downtownmcminnville.com/explore

If you make a stop in Dundee, The Dundee Manor is a nice place to stay, as is the Black Walnut Inn.  While in town, you can even visit Herbert Hoover’s (America’s 31st president) boyhood home.  There is no shortage of good restaurants in the area. Thistle, Tina’s and the Dundee Bistro are all great choices. Red Hills Market is good for casual dining.

We are traveling from Astoria to Florence on the Oregon Coast. What are some natural wonders we should stop and see along the way?

For natural wonders between Astoria and Florence, I would suggest starting at Ecola State Park near Cannon Beach. There are wonderful views of the coastline including Oregon’s iconic Haystack Rock and the offshore Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. You can visit Haystack Rock by parking in Cannon Beach and if you visit at low tide you can explore its tidepools. Between April and July, you can observe Tufted Puffins nesting on Haystack Rock. About 15 minutes south, the highway climbs Neahkahnie Mountain and there are dramatic roadside viewpoints. I would then suggest following the Three Capes Scenic Route southwest of Tillamook. Cape Meares offers great views and a short walk to a lighthouse. The next stop is Cape Lookout which offers beach access and hiking. It requires more time to explore, but could be a nice stop for a picnic. Cape Kiwanda is the last stop and it offers great views if you climb to the top of the giant sand dune on its flank.

Other great stops as you continue south include Devils Punchbowl at Otter Rock, a great viewpoint and interesting geological formation. Yaquina Head Oustanding Natural Area is another must see, with a beautiful lighthouse, views and a great intertidal area if you visit at low tide. I would save plenty of time for the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area just south of Yachats. There are roadside viewpoints of interesting rock formations including Spouting Horn, Thor’s Well, Devils Churn and Cooks Chasm. The visitors center offers views and access to easy rainforest hiking trails. Heceta Head Lighthouse also makes a good stop with a short walk the the lighthouse in a spectacular setter. Highway viewpoints just to the south offer good views looking back at the lighthouse. Sea Lion Caves is just around the corner from there and offers more great views and access to America’s largest sea cave that is shelter for wild sea lions.

Just south of Florence, you will find companies that offer dune buggy rentals and tours. Honeyman State Park is a great stop for getting out to climb the dunes and the Oregon Dunes Overlook, a little further south, offers views and dune access too.

Happy exploring!

Answered by Gary Hayes, Ask Oregon Coast Expert on January 27th, 2014 - Post Your Answer

What are the most scenic hikes in Portland?

My favorite and most scenic hikes in Portland:

There are tons more but this is a good list to begin with. Just outside of the Portland area near Multnomah Falls is whole other list so let me know if you’d like to know which hikes I’ve done there and in the Mt. Hood area as well.

One of my most interesting hikes or what I call city treks to date is leaving from the Pearl District on foot and trekking up to the Portland Rose Garden area and then over to the Pittock Mansion. Awesome views all around.

Hope this info helps and please let me know if I can help further. I always remind folks to wear really comfy shoes/hiking boots, take jackets etc. and lots of water to drink and some snacks. Happy hiking!

Answered by Debbie Lusk, Ask Oregon Portland Expert on January 25th, 2014 - Post Your Answer
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