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We only have about 9 days to spend in Oregon. We enjoy the outdoors and can handle full days. Any recommendations as to where to focus our trip to get the most out of our limited time? Also, what is the best summer month to visit?
I have to tout Oregon’s only national park, Crater Lake, which is located in my region. It’s beautiful in all seasons but most accessible in summer. If you’re flying into Portland, you probably will want to take into account four to five hours of driving time to the southern part of the state.
The best summer month to visit most of Oregon is August. However, Southern Oregon is much warmer than other parts of the state with a dry climate and temperatures usually in the 90s, peaking in the 100s, but that makes Crater Lake with its elevation a great place to cool off (although lots of mosquitoes come out at night there).
Southern Oregon also boasts great whitewater rafting on the Rogue River, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, outdoor Britt Festivals concerts in historic Jacksonville, hiking, biking, fishing, wine tasting, and world-famous artisan foods. Enjoy your stay.
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We are making a trip from Morro Bay, California to Portland, Oregon. We will be traveling in a motorhome with two 13-year-old boys and three adults, as well as two small dogs. What would you suggest we see and do? We will be leaving Morro Bay on April 6 and need to return to Morro Bay on April 15.
I can’t speak highly enough of Oregon Caves. A recent article in the Mail Tribune newspaper highlighted that the monument, along with Crater Lake, are among visitors’ favorites.
I gather that if you’re driving inland to the caves, you’ll be taking Interstate 5 north. If that’s the case, consider a 10-minute detour south from Grants Pass to stay at Valley of the Rogue State park, one of Oregon’s premiere campgrounds. It’s right on the banks of the Rogue River and has extensive and very well maintained facilities.
If you were visiting in summer, I would suggest continuing on to Crater Lake, Oregon’s only national park, but snow can make the park difficult to access this time of year. If you’re up for a snow day, though, the park rangers offer free snowshoe hikes on the weekends and provide the snowshoes.
If you decide to travel that way, take Highway 97 to central Oregon then Highway 26 through the Warm Springs Indian Reservation and Mount Hood National Forest to Portland.
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Just outside of downtown Portland are several high quality courses that are fully equipped to greet the “spontaneous golfer” with rental clubs and needed gear. Pumpkin Ridge and The Reserve are west of the city and both clubs have hosted several PGA and USGA Professional tournaments. Langdon Farms, which is just south of Portland proper too provides a great golf experience and solid test of play. All three courses are open to he public and will help you take advance of a free afternoon for golf.
There are many nature places with great views around here! Some of my favorites are covered in snow at the moment – Tumalo Mountain is one. But Pilot Butte State Park is right in Bend and offers great 360 degree views of the city, mountains, desert and surounds. Up north a bit, Smith Rock State Park is a superbly beautiful natural area with incredible views, also of the mountains and desert as well as the Crooked River. Let me know if you have any other questions or want more info! Have a great time!
I am getting married in late May, and would like to find an Oregon Coast beach that is a little more private than the average state park, as well as offers a little protection from the gusty coastal winds.
A lot of people get married at the Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City, because the pub has a special room that opens into their own “beach” adjacent to Cape Kiwanda State Park. It’s not secluded, but it does have great food and an easy place to duck into, in case the weather is terrible. And very good beer.
Outside of that, I would suggest:
Officially, you are supposed to have a permit. If you want one, contact the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation at 800-551-6949 or 541-265-8179 for permits.
I am looking to do a trek across Oregon to visit all the historical landmarks. What places are a must see?
I’d start in Baker City and move west! Good start for historical landmarks: Flickr group.
I’ve been looking around Portland for a place that dishes up biscuits and gravy with a bite to it. Do you know a place that makes it with spicy sausage or something?
Hmm, not sure how that any are particularly spicy, but they make darn good biscuits and gravy at these places, and you can always top them with hot sauce: Industrial Cafe, Screendoor, Arleta Library Cafe, Gravy, Podnah’s, Besaw’s, of course Pine State Biscuits!
A couple years ago the Oregonian came up with some favorites: here