7 Wonders of Oregon
There are 7 Wonders of the World, and not a single one of them is here in Oregon. All we can figure is whoever came up with the list must have never set foot here. So we see your Wonders, world – and we raise you these seven of our own:
Mt. Hood: The second most climbed mountain in the world is crowned by eleven glaciers and is home to the only year-round ski resort in North America.
The Oregon Coast: All 363 miles of our coastline are free and open for all of us to enjoy. Enough said.
The Columbia River Gorge: US Congress recognized its splendor and designated it a National Scenic Area – the largest in our country.
The Painted Hills: When you walk along the delicately colored mountains of earth, you realize that prehistoric creatures roamed the very earth beneath your feet.
Smith Rock: Thousands of routes attract climbers from around the globe to what many consider to be the birthplace of American sport climbing.
The Wallowas: From the summit of Mt. Howard, you can see the high desert of Indian country roll out in front of you in one direction, and then turn around and see past Hells Canyon into the next state.
Crater Lake: The deepest lake in North America was once Mt. Mazama, a volcano that erupted so violently it left a hole that rain and snow filled in over thousands of years.
About the Author: Emily Forsha
Emily Forsha is Travel Oregon’s content editor and a runner, hiker and biker of many Oregon trails. When she’s not road tripping around the state with her husband and two little boys, this proud native Oregonian is cooking up new recipes in her kitchen, sampling the latest craft brews and cheering on her beloved Oregon Ducks.