Seasonal Features Summer

Summer brings balmy days that can feel eternal — shady trails beckon, the waterways glisten and the sun shines late in the evening. But these precious hours won’t last forever, and we’ve got a fresh batch of stories to help you squeeze out every ounce of adventure.
Test your skills with whitewater SUPing, kick it on the Coast and camp under a blanket of glittery stars. Or celebrate the heritage of Oregon’s diverse peoples and get lost in the drama of the stage. Consider this your summer bucket list.
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    Eastern Oregon, a Motorcyclist’s Paradise

    Winding roads, stacked-up curves and sweeping views at every turn.

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    A Fisher’s Guide to Summer in Oregon

    What’s in season and where to go around the state.

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    Loving the Van Life at Cascade Lakes

    A family of friends chases adventure in an unspoiled corner of Central Oregon.

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    Why You’ll Love the Oregon Coast Trail

    This little-known trail makes for stunning day hikes along the entire coastline.

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    Pedal and Sip in the Applegate Valley

    A quiet weekend of bike touring and wine tasting in a rustic wine region.

Enjoy the Season Stories from Summer

five of 86 Stories about Summer in Oregon
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    Insider’s Guide to Oregon Swimming Holes

    written by Jen Anderson on July 10th, 2017

    If you’ve ever been to a swimming hole in Oregon that seems overrun with crowds, fear not there are ways to avoid that scenario. Try swinging a mid-week trip, when you are likely to see far fewer people out. Try a more out-of-the way spot,…

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    5 Ways to Explore Salem This Summer

    written by Jen Anderson on June 20th, 2017

    Did you know that in Salem, you can tour the state Capitol, sip craft beer, see waterfalls, go mountain biking, paddle in the river and catch a concert all in one day? It’s true. Oregon’s law-making hub, 45 minutes south of Portland, is a also…

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    Summertime Snow at Timberline

    written by Jen Anderson on June 1st, 2017

    It may be summer in Oregon, but there’s still plenty of snow so don’t stow the gear in the garage just yet. Every year between June 1 and Labor Day, skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels juniors to Olympic athletes head to…

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    Sip and Relax with a Guided Boat Trip

    written by Jen Anderson on May 29th, 2017

    There’s nothing like a whitewater rafting or jet boat trip to leave you breathless, soaked to the bone and pumped full of adrenaline. Then there’s the kind of boat trip that takes it down a notch from wild to mild, but every bit just as…

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    Artists Transform Portland’s Blank Walls

    written by Jon Shadel on May 23rd, 2017

    What sets Forest for the Trees apart from Portland’s other public art is a grassroots ethos and an emphasis on contemporary work rather than community- or historic-based subject matter. The festival stands out as a prime example of international…

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  1. What are the best lakes to wakeboard near Bend in June?

    I'd say the most popular place for wakeboarding in Central Oregon is Lake Billy Chinook. It's strikingly beautiful and large. Three rivers come together and are dammed into a fantastic waterway for boating. Another popular spot is Cultus Lake. Both Billy Chinook and Cultus are about the same accessibility from Bend, but they are vastly different in terms of surroundings. Cultus is surrounded b…

    Written on June 3rd, 2016
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