Oregon Oddities and Offbeat Destinations

Just some of the unusual places you'll find only in Oregon.
April 1, 2019

We know Oregon is one of a kind. And it’s not just because you can ski a mountain and dip your feet in the Pacific Ocean on the same day. We’re talking about those strange, sometimes unexplainable places that you can only find in Oregon.

Venture to impossibly blue lakes formed by lava, rare Mars-like landscapes, coastal ghost forests and beyond. When you’re ready for a different kind of road trip — one that really piques your curiosity — Oregon will be waiting for you.

A Trip to Clear Lake

Thousands of years ago, a volcanic eruption in Central Oregon scorched the forest and redirected the flow of the McKenzie River, creating what’s known as Clear Lake. Today, the pristine lake is home to a remarkably preserved ancient forest beneath its sparkling turquoise waters. Here’s how to make the most of a road trip to Clear Lake.

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Oregon’s Strange Things

There are some sights in Oregon that are true scientific oddities — forces of nature that wonder with enough intrigue for their own TV series. Visit these peculiar sites, each with fascinating backstories.

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Oregon Coast’s Most Surprising Places

The Oregon Coast is filled with landscapes that stretch the imagination. You can discover mystifying natural wonders, historical oddities and curious sites — if you know where to look.

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Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.

6 Surprising Facts About Oregon’s History

You may have studied or heard bits of lore about the Oregon Trail, but how much of the rest of Oregon’s history do you think you know? A new 7,000-square-foot permanent installation at the Oregon Historical Society in downtown Portland aims to give visitors a much broader look at the Beaver State and its storied past. There are thousands of facts you probably don’t know about Oregon, but here are six from the new exhibit to start.

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The Creation of Crater Lake

The eruption of Mt. Mazama created what we now call Crater Lake — and accounts of the dramatic event live on in geologic record and in Native American legends.

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The Painted Hills, a Gift for All

When you travel to the Painted Hills, you can see millions of years of history revealed in the layers of mountains of earth, one color at a time.

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Oregon’s Ghost Town Secrets

Oregon’s frontier history is a series of booms and busts. It’s no wonder some have alleged that the state has more ghost towns than any other.

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10 Things That Will Surprise You in Lincoln City

From salt-water taffy to kite-flying to fresh seafood chowder, Lincoln City has long been a top family spot for old-fashioned fun on the Oregon Coast for generations. But there are lots of surprises along this inviting stretch of beach town on the Central Coast that you may not have discovered. Lincoln City follows Highway 101 for seven miles, with delights to be found from the high cliffs of Cascade Head to the tranquil waters of Siletz Bay. Here are some of the secrets Lincoln City has been keeping.

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