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  1. Attractions
    1. Amusement Parks
    2. Aquariums & Zoos
    3. Art Galleries & Studios
    4. Casinos
    5. Movies and TV filmed in Oregon
    6. Museums & Interpretive Centers
    7. Outdoors & Nature
    8. Performing Arts
    9. Shopping
    10. Theater
    11. Tour Companies & Guides
  2. Recreation
    1. Birding
    2. Camping
    3. Cycling
    4. Fishing
    5. Golf
    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
      8. Whitewater Guides
    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
      5. French Bistros
      6. Greek
      7. Irish
      8. Italian
      9. Japanese
      10. Latino
      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
    4. Heritage Museums
    5. Indian Country
    6. Lighthouses
    7. Old West & Oregon Trail
  5. Natural Wonders
    1. Bodies of Water
      1. Lakes & Reservoirs
      2. Rivers
      3. Waterfalls
    2. Forests, Parks & Refuges
      1. National Forests & Parks
      2. National Wildlife Refuges and Areas
      3. State Parks
    3. Mountains & Hills
  6. Events
    1. Animal & Agriculture Events
    2. Culinary Events
    3. Cultural Heritage Events
    4. Exhibit & Lecture Events
    5. Fairs & Festivals
    6. Flower & Garden Events
    7. Oregon Adventurecations
    8. Performing Art Events
    9. Sports Events
    10. Visual Art Events
    11. Volunteer 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. Zig Zag
  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. Zig Zag
    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. Zig Zag
  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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Can you recommend a good dude ranch in Oregon?

Wilson Ranches Retreat located near Fossil, Oregon is one of the most well-regarded dude ranch B&Bs in the state. You can learn more about them here /trip-ideas/oregon-stories/oregon-dreamers-2/ and contact them via info@wilsonranchesretreat.com.

Enjoy!

Answered by Lynne Curry, Ask Oregon Eastern Oregon Expert on February 19th, 2013 - Post Your Answer

Where are some places to stay near Bend that offer horseback riding?

Hello! Lucky you, there are some beautiful places near Bend to ride horses! Here are my top faves:
Black Butte Ranch (large family friendly resort outside of Sisters with incredible views of the Cascade Range and Black Butte)
Brasada Ranch  (upscale resort near Prineville with luxury touches and also incredible Cascade and high desert views)
Sunriver  (very large resort and community south of Bend on the Deschutes River with tons of amenities)
Please let me know if you need more info! Have fun!

What are the best trails in Southern Oregon?

Greetings from Southern Oregon,

Our outdoors writers always tout that the Pacific Crest Trail runs through our region, through the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Soda Mountain Wilderness and Sky Lakes Wilderness. Of course, those areas are most popular for longer, overnight treks.

If you want a relatively easy day hike, consider locals’ favorite, the Table Rocks. While the trail to the top of these mesas cuts through the region’s typical, oak-savannah flora, the view from the top of these distinctive geographic and geologic  features is unsurpassed: http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20111023/READERSCHOICE/110230356.

There also are popular trail systems through the Jacksonville Woodlands and Ashland’s Lithia Park. For more on the region’s hiking trails, check out the landing page on the Mail Tribune newspaper’s Oregon Outdoors site: http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=OREGONOUTDOORS01&keyword=Hiking

Enjoy your trip.

Answered by Sarah Lemon on January 30th, 2013 - Post Your Answer

What are some points of interest between Portland and Ashland?

Hi Betty,

Just south of Portland, you can exit the main freeway and get on to 99W.  I would suggest you do this and then sit back and enjoy the ride!  You will be soon be entering the Willamette Valley and I will suggest some stops along your route.

One of the first stops should be McMinnville, Oregon where you will find a sweet town filled with shops, restaurants and wine!  You will also find the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. This is a great stop and depending on time, you could actually spend several hours there if you wish.  From this area, you will be surrounded by our Willamette Valley wine country.  If you are wine drinkers, you will most surely want to stop at many of our wineriess.  We have hundreds so pace yourselves and enjoy!  A few of my favorite stops for tasting are as follows: Adelsheim, Sokol Blosser, Cubanisimo, and Van Duzer.

If you plan to spend a few days traveling, you could certainly check out some B & B’s in wine country as well:  www.obbg.org will give you a nice list and be sure to utilize the interactive map to find one to suit your specific area.

If you are into seeing some waterfalls, check out Silver Creek Falls along the way. You can choose to just sight see a bit or take an easy or difficult hike depending on what you want to do.  Also a great place for a pic nic too!  It’s not too far from Salem, OR however on the east side of I 5 but totally worth the stop!

Also, check out the covered bridges in Linn and Lane counties. I love the covered bridge routes… romantic and picturesque!

From the area of Lane County, you will be heading south toward Ashland.  You can choose when you’d like to jump on I-5 and make it to Central Point.  There you will want to visit Rogue Creamery and Lillie Belle Chocolates.

And if you have time… you will not want to miss seeing our Crater Lake!

Answered by Debbie Lusk, Ask Oregon Portland Expert on January 30th, 2013 - Post Your Answer

Which cities on the Oregon Coast offer the best natural sites and unique geological features?

There would be many cities, towns and natural areas I would recommend along the 363-mile Oregon Coast for your September birthday trip. Since you like natural areas with unique geologic formations, I’d recommend a visit to the Central Oregon Coast. Newport is centrally located and is one of the coast’s larger towns, but will offer access to great natural areas and attractions nearby. Newport itself features the world-class Oregon Coast Aquarium, has nice beaches and an interesting bayfront area that is blend of working waterfront and tourist attractions. Just to the north is the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area featuring one of Oregon’s prettiest lighthouse in a spectacular setting at the end of the cape offering panoramic views and great wildlife and marine life watching. A stairway leads to one of the most beautiful and easily accessible tidepool areas on the coast. Just a little further north is Otter Rock, another headland overlooking a unique geologic formation called Devil’s Punchbowl. Also worth a visit to the north is Depoe Bay, the world’s smallest navigable harbor. The town is built right on the edge of the ocean with a seawall where spouting horns send geysers of water high into the air when the surf is up. There is a whale watching center here which is one of the most dependable locations to spot gray whales during the non-migratory times of year.

South of Newport, the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area also offers access to great natural areas and viewing of unique geologic formations. Trails and roadside parking areas offer viewing of Devil’s Churn, Spouting Horn, Thor’s Well and Cook’s Chasm, interesting geologic formations driven by the ocean waves. There is a great interpretive center here and hiking trails through old growth Sitka Spruce rainforest.

If you’d prefer to stay in a small town, you could consider Yachats (close to Cape Perpetua), which would make day trips possible to Newport’s attractions and other attractions to the south like Heceta Head (another beautiful lighthouse) and Sea Lion Caves, one of the coast’s longest running attractions with an elevator down to the world’s largest sea cave frequented by sea lions.

There would be other options for your trip in other regions of the coast too. On the
South Oregon Coast I would recommend the Gold Beach area where you could explore the beautiful stretch of coast to the south known as the Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor. This stunning stretch offers viewpoints and access to coastline and beaches decorated with dramatic rock formations. Bandon also offers one of the most interesting beaches with rock formations adjacent to this charming beach town. From Bandon, a day trip to the spectacular State Parks on Cape Arago, southwest of Coos Bay would be a must for you.

On the North Oregon Coast, I would recommend the Cannon Beach area, home to Oregon’s iconic Haystack Rock, famous for tidepools and nesting seabirds. There are nearby State Parks that offer beach access and viewpoints of sea stack decorated shoreline. Ecola State Park is located in the north end of Cannon Beach and Oswald West State Park is located just about 10 minutes to the south. Cannon Beach is another charming beach town known as one of the coast’s more upscale destinations and one of the Northwest’s top art towns.

Answered by Gary Hayes, Ask Oregon Coast Expert on January 8th, 2013 - Post Your Answer

Where is a good lakeside cabin that is dog-friendly and has good fishing?

Elk Lake Resort (www.elklakeresort.net)  might be a good destination for you. Cabins allow pets, though not sure about the “run free” part. There is a beach, however, on the other side of Elk Lake that I know allows dogs off-leash. It’s called Little Fawn. Fishing is popular on the lake, as well as sailing, stand-up-paddle boarding and the like. Only other caveat is that until the Cascade Lakes Highway is plowed of snow, which typically happens around Memorial Day or later, you can’t get there except for on skis or in a snowcat! But for a summer destination, this one is great. You might also check out Paulina Lake Resort and Odell Lake Resort. Have fun!

What is the best time of year and place for salmon fishing?

In Oregon salmon run almost year around on one river or another.

First are spring Chinook; they start in March but the best fishing is April and May on the Columbia, Willamette and Rogue Rivers and May and June in Tillamook Bay.

June also has some good summer Chinook fishing in the Columbia.

Next is the fall run on the Columbia, the best fishing in August and early September in Astoria and then closer to Portland later in September.

Fall Chinook inter all the coastal bays in September and last until November.

November and December we do well in the coastal rivers.

Answered by David Johnson, Ask Oregon Fishing Expert on January 7th, 2013 - Post Your Answer

Which parks on the coast offer yurt camping? We want to stay close to Portland and are traveling with our young grandson.

The State Parks closest to Portland that offer yurt camping include the following (north to south):

Fort Stevens State Park at the mouth of the Columbia River offers 15 yurts. The park is large and is great for families with access to river, beach, lakes and several miles of hiking and biking trails. The park is famous for the 1906 shipwreck Peter Iredale on the beach and military fortifications used to guard the entrance to the river from the Civil War through World War II. From here you can make day trips to other attractions in Astoria, Lewis and Clark’s Fort Clatsop and Seaside, known as one of Oregon’s best family destinations with arcades, an indoor carousel, kiddie rides and more that your 6-year-old grandson would love. Visitors have come to the small Seaside Aquarium for 75 years to feed the seals.

Nehalem Bay State Park is located near Manzanita and offers access to both bay and beach. The park has 18 yurts and nearly two miles of biking trails. During July, the Park’s interpretive programs and guided hikes would be offered daily and they have Junior Ranger programs for kids ages 6-12. Seals are frequently seen basking on the beach near the mouth of the bay (also take note of the coyote warning the park issued last summer). I would suggest you take your grandson on a crabbing aventure. Jetty Fishery on the other side of the bay offers boat and crab gear rentals or crabbing from the docks.

Wet of Tillamook is Cape Lookout State Park with miles of beach and hiking trails. There are 13 yurts available. I love this park and this area. It is just a few minutes away from the small town of Oceanside and Cape Meares State Park (lighthouse and panoramic views). To the south is Cape Kiwanda with its giant sand dune on the flank of the sculpted sandstone cape.

The next closest park with yurts is on the Central Oregon Coast. Devil’s Lake State Park in Lincoln City offers 10 yurts and is a short drive to the beach, but is not on the beach. You may want to consider Beverly Beach State Park north of Newport. It’s a large park with 21 yurts and a playground. I still remember as a child following the trail along the creek from the campground, under a highway bridge and emerging at a long stretch of beach between Yaquina Head and Otter Rock. The park is a short drive to Newport’s attractions like the world class Oregon Coast Aquarium, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Wax Works wax museum and Undersea Gardens. Natural attractions include the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area (lighthouse, panoramic views and great tidepool area) and Devil’s Punchbowl at Otter Rock.

Do make your reservations early. Call 1-800-452-5687 to check on availability and make your reservations (online reservations unavailable). These parks also offer small cabins as an option.

Happy exploring and memory creating!

Answered by Gary Hayes, Ask Oregon Coast Expert on January 4th, 2013 - Post Your Answer

What is the best time of year to visit the Rogue-Umpqua Byway to see the waterfalls?

Greetings from Southern Oregon,

The most commonly recommended time to travel the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway is June through October, mainly to ensure clear roads, fair weather and more daylight hours. Volumes of water running in the falls largely depend on wintertime precipitation. We’re off to a good start for this year, considering the flood warnings throughout Southern Oregon several weeks ago. And Crater Lake started seeing enough snow in October to close some roads.

You could plan your trip in mid- to late spring, but mountain travel in this region could still be unpredictable then. If I were planning the trip for myself, I would check the National Weather Service’s precipitation records for this region throughout the winter to confirm they were average or above, obtain extended weather forecasts for the period that I wanted to visit and verify favorable road conditions on ODOT’s website, www.tripcheck.com.

Here’s a story from the Mail Tribune newspaper on the Rogue-Umpqua waterfalls that may help: http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080313/LIFE/803130301&cid=sitesearch

Answered by Sarah Lemon on January 4th, 2013 - Post Your Answer

What are the best places for easy trail hikes that are not too close to the city?

Thanks for the great question.  I am the Ask Oregon expert on outdoor recreation and the Assistant Manager of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center, and these are my recommendations for easy hikes in Oregon away from the city.  Since Oregon is so rich in variety, I’ve included hike suggestions for northern Oregon, central Oregon to the coast, and southern Oregon as a sort of sampler platter into what the state has to offer.  I assume that by easy you mean, easy to find, well-maintained and signed, and good for hikers of all skill levels from kids to seniors.

To the east of Portland you can find endless options for easy hikes.  One of my favorites is the Eagle Creek Trail where you will pass half a dozen waterfalls like picturesque Punchbowl Falls (4.2 miles roundtrip). From Punchbowl Falls you can keep on hiking, but it will get steeper as you go, around the six-mile mark you will come across Tunnel Falls, a 120 foot waterfall that has a tunnel built through it.  If you feel up for the longer hike and elevation gain, it’s well worth the effort.

Southeast of Eagle Creek, on the other side of Mt Hood, is another great hike (3 miles round trip) that leads to Bagby Hot Springs.  The trail follows along the Collawash River through an old-growth forest of douglas firs and cedars.  This is a great hike for viewing wildflowers in the spring and rich fall colors in October and November.  You can reward yourself with a soak in the rustic hot springs bath house where the tubs are carved out of cedar logs, but be aware, swimsuits are rare.

The first two hikes can be crowded when the weather is nice.  If you want to get away from the crowds, go to the Mount Jefferson Wilderness and Canyon Creek Meadows (4.5 miles to the lower meadow).  This is one of the best easy hikes to high cascades wildflower meadows.  Blue lupine and red paintbrush peak at the end of July.  This trail leads you to a scenic viewpoint of Three Fingered Jack (7.5 miles round trip).  On the way back to the trailhead you will pass beaver ponds and waterfalls.

Central Oregon offers hikes of a different color – reddish brown.  There are tons of great easy hikes away from the city in the central portion of the state.  I am always amazed with the beauty around Smith Rock State Park.  The trails around the park are relatively easy.  Don’t worry though, If you get tired, there are many benches along the way to rest your legs and while you’re resting look up at the rocky cliffs and you’re almost guaranteed to see thrill-seeking rock-climbers defying gravity, Smith Rock is a world renowned climbing destination.

The McKenzie River National Recreation Trail is an all-season favorite of mine.  Stretching 26.2 miles from Clear Lake to McKenzie Bridge, you can find a number of easy hikes along the way.  Sahalie & Koosah Falls are two spectacular waterfalls about half a mile apart.  You can park at either Sahalie Falls or Koosah Falls’ convenient trailheads right off Highway 126 and hike in a loop between the two falls (approximately 2.6 miles).  Continue west on highway 126 and take the turn-off for Trailbridge Reservoir.  From here, follow the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail 1.5 miles to Tamolitch Falls.  Old lava flows have shaped the landscape of the McKenzie River Valley and part of the river flows underground only to re-emerge at Tamolitch Falls.  It’s brilliant blue water will amaze you and beg you to linger before hiking back to your car.

If you continue west on Highway 126 you will reach the Oregon coast.  A great, easy hike along the way is Sweet Creek Falls, just outside of Mapleton.  This 2.2 mile trail passes a dozen small waterfalls and is a favorite among kids who can play in the shallow water when it’s warm and collect fallen leaves in autumn.

To really get away from the city, you have to go to the southeastern corner of the state.  A notable easy hike here is Steens Mountain Summit.  This is the ninth tallest mountain in Oregon and arguably the easiest to climb.  The landscape is unlike any of the previously mentioned hikes.

Oregon’s natural beauty shines on all of these hikes.  Get to know the landscape and what shaped it and you will enjoy each of these hikes even more because every trail tells a story.
Let me know if I can answer anymore questions for you.  Enjoy your hiking!

Answered by Cari Soong, Ask Oregon Outdoor Adventure Expert on December 10th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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