My Oregon: Locals’ Favorite Places

July 1, 2016 (Updated January 10, 2017)

Oregon is pretty big. It’s the ninth largest state in the U.S., covering nearly 100,000 square miles. There are a lot of places to explore. So it’s no wonder that everyone who visits Oregon has a different story to tell. From fly-fishing along the North Umpqua River to meteor shower viewings from a mountaintop, Oregon has a lot to offer. We asked some of the state’s best known travelers to share some of their favorite spots. Take a look at the My Oregon series and maybe you’ll be inspired to embark on your own adventure.

Darcy Bacha

An avid fly fisherman and photographer based at Mt. Hood, Darcy Bacha travels the world shooting beautiful snowscapes, finding many of the best spots near his home in Oregon.

Instagram: @darcybacha

Josh Hydeman

As a photographer, filmmaker and sound artist, Josh Hydeman tries to share his love for wild and remote places. He enjoy exploring secret spots and discovering the unexpected.

Instagram: @josh_hydeman

Marlynn Schotland

Marlynn Jayme Schotland is a food, drink and travel writer living in the Tualatin Valley. In the summer she spends weekends with her family picking berries or relaxing by the river.

Instagram: @urbanblisslife

Brooke Weeber

Brooke Weeber is a Portland-based illustrator who brings whimsical, nature-based scenes to life. She’s also a hot spring nut, always searching for the off-the-beaten-path thermal pools.

Instagram: @brooke_weeber

Tally Gunstone

Tally Gunstone is a true Pacific Northwest native, born and raised in Portland, who has spent her entire life exploring the vast wilderness of the state. When Tally is not in the city working as a graphic designer, she can be found backpacking, hiking, and camping across Oregon.

Instagram: @tullitha

Chris Hunt

Based in Portland, Chris Hunt spends much of his time exploring the most remote parts of Oregon on his dual-sport motorcycle. Each of his trips is documented and shared so that others can be inspired to get out there and do the same.

Instagram: @huntca

Alex Borsuk

You can always find Alex Borsuk in the mountains running, skiing, climbing or mountaineering any chance she gets. Next time you see her on top of Mt. Hood, say hi to Alex and her dog Peanut.

Instagram: @alexborsuk

Cody Cha

Cody Cha is a photographer and cinematographer based on the Central Oregon Coast. His work often features the rugged and wild side of the region. You can usually find him exploring the remote parts of the Oregon Coast.

Instagram: @codycha

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