There’s something to celebrate about every season in Oregon. Spring brings wildflowers and outrageous waterfalls. Summer is spent outside basking in outdoor concerts, alpine hikes and long days by the lake. Autumn is for fall foliage and harvest celebrations. And winter activities make us excited for colder weather.
You might think you have a favorite season. But in Oregon, we like them all.
The types of things you can do in spring are about as diverse as the weather. From Oregon’s first wild trillium bloom in March, the world begins to brighten from rain and snow into clearer skies, flowering trees and rushing waterfalls. Outdoor sports range from skiing and snowboarding to hiking and biking. It’s the prime time to head to the Coast to watch migrating whales. This is when the state’s festivals begin heating up too.
Summer in Oregon means floating on shimmering rivers, devouring ice cream and sipping craft beer during rooftop concerts. It’s not for taking the paths most trodden — this is prime time for uncovering the state’s best-kept secrets and discovering a fresh side of spots you think you know well.
Many Oregonians cite fall as their favorite season, and it’s easy to understand why. As the heat of summer subsides and the crowds wane, the sun tends to stick around to illuminate reddening foliage, ripening pears and August-warmed waters. Dress in layers and don’t forget the camera.
You may have seen those Instagram-celebrated spots for rock-climbing and river rafting, the famous craft breweries and chef-driven restaurants that put Bend on the foodie map. But did you know about the free summer concerts, or the fact that Bend is within day-tripping distance of many geologic phenomenon? Central Oregon’s Bend beckons with an abundance of fantastic, and sometimes unexpected, diversions.
Sometimes the most scenic roads are the detours you didn’t mean to take.
So you’ve booked the trip, now how do you pack for your trip to Oregon? It’s good to come prepared. Because at around 400 miles wide and 360 miles long, Oregon has vastly different regions and weather conditions. Here’s a handy guide to packing the essentials for all seasons.