7 Wonders in Winter

December 31, 2015 (Updated February 8, 2016)

Having lived in Oregon my entire life, I can say for certain that there are countless reasons to love this beautiful state in every season — but this is especially true in winter.

During the colder months, days may get shorter and chillier, but that doesn’t mean Oregon’s 7 Wonders are any less wonderful. In fact, many locals will tell you that you’ll experience them in a more intimate way: Crowds thin, trails clear and the pace of things slows. Meanwhile, the natural features remain amazingly beautiful, from the snowy mountain peaks to the gusty ocean shores to all of the wild deserts and forests and rivers in between.

So come along with me for a local’s tour of some of my favorite sights and destinations around the 7 Wonders during the snowy, frosty season.

About The
Author

Kim Cooper Findling
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 managing editor of "Bend Magazine" 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

Featured in this story

Smith Rock
Terrebonne, Central Oregon
Outlaw Restaurant & Saloon
Terminal Gravity Brewery
Enterprise, Eastern Oregon
Shore Acres State Park
Charleston, Oregon Coast
Cape Arago State Park
Coos Bay, Oregon Coast
Painted Hills
Sidewalk Cafe
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
Club Pioneer
Prineville, Central Oregon
Vista House at Crown Point
Full Sail Brew Pub
Celilo Restaurant and Bar
Crater Lake
Klamath Falls, Southern Oregon
Timberline Lodge