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!

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  1. Kim Swagert says…

    Of course Crater Lake is magnificent, as are the Lava Beds. There is also a seasonal (winter) beautiful outdoor ice rink at the Running Y Resort and when there is snow on the ground there are great cross-country skiing trails in town. In the warmer months you have world-class fly fishing along the Williamson River, there are the miniature train rides at Train Mountain in Chiloquin, hiking the Sky Lakes Wilderness or up Mt. McLaughlin or Mt. Scott – offering wonderful views of the Cascades. We have a great Children’s Museum in town as well as local historical museums, and downtown Klamath Falls has gorgeous art deco architecture as well as wonderful restaurants like The Creamery, Thai Orchid, Mermaid Garden Cafe, Green Blade Bakery, the Daily Bagel, MC’s on Main, Hanayori, etc. In mid-June you can drive an hour near Mt. Shasta and see Mt. Shasta Lavender Farms, or go to the charming town of Mt. Shasta for lunch and views of the gorgeous mountain. Spring and summer also offer fantastic sailing on Klamath Lake and you can stop at the Klamath Yacht Club and almost always find a Jimmy Buffet-type sailor to take you for a ride out on the lake. Further north is Rocky Point, which offers canoe rides through marshes with views of Crater Lake’s rim and loads of bird-watching. As a Realtor I can tell you that there is always something fantastic to do within an hour of Klamath Falls — I’d be happy to help point you in the right direction.

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  2. Patricia Mose says…

    Looking to explore central to eastern Oregon in late May or early June. Any suggestions what to see and where to lodge, for about 3-5 days.

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Kim Cooper Findling grew up on the Oregon Coast and became a Central Oregon girl in the mid-90s, taking in the sunny skies and never looking back (except a few wistful glances at the ocean). She is the editor of “Cascade Journal” and the author of “Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day Trips for Curious Travelers,” "Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler” and “Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir.” Catch her around the state sampling microbrews, hiking river trails, walking beaches, and hanging out with her family. www.kimcooperfindling.com

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