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25 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Oregon

Oregon is an amazing state with both wild beauty and urban sophistication. It's hard to go wrong choosing Oregon for your vacation spot this year, and with so many things to see and do, it's difficult to narrow them down to just ten. Even so, there are some places in Oregon that simply outshine the others, which is why they made the list of top rated tourist attractions in Oregon.

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01 Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Oregon's Multnomah Falls in the fall

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is home to the second highest waterfall in the United States. Multnomah Falls is just one of the spectacular sights you'll see as you follow the Columbia River through the awe-inspiring Cascade Mountain Range. You can camp at one of the many campsites and hike and bike the trails for days.

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02 Crater Lake National Park

Aerial view of Crater Lake in Oregon state, USA

Crater Lake is a must-see on your tour of Oregon. Located in the southwest portion of the state, this lake formed in the caldera of an extinct volcano, Mount Mazama, and has a depth of 1935 feet. The cliffs of the caldera rise 2000 feet above the lake. The scenery is spectacular, and in the right season, you can traverse the rim for the entire 33 miles by car. Also, visit Wizard's Island via cruises from Cleetwood Cove.

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03 Mount Hood National Forest

Spring morning at Trillium Lake with Mt. Hood reflection in the deep blue water

Mount Hood is arguably the most iconic Oregon landmark. Its impressive elevation of 11,239 feet makes it the tallest mountain in the state. Mount Hood National Forest is the perfect place to visit year-round as it has amazing hiking trails, cabins and camping areas, and four ski areas. It is also close to Portland, making it a perfect day trip.

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04 Cannon Beach

People strolling in Oregon's Cannon Beach at sunset and in between storms

Cannon Beach is a popular beach in Oregon where huge monolith-esque rocks jut out of the surf. Hay Stack Rock might be the largest single rock of its type in the world, making it a spectacular landmark and photo opportunity. Cannon Beach is close to the Seaside resort and Astoria, making it an ideal place for beach-lovers everywhere.

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05 Portland

Sunrise over Portland, Oregon

You can't talk about Oregon without talking about Portland. Portland is an excellent place to begin your adventures, as it is close to the Willamette Valley, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and Mount Hood. Try a wine tasting tour in the Willamette Valley or explore Portland's underground tunnels and learn about Portland's seedier past. While you're there, don't forget to visit Washington Park, which hosts the Oregon Zoo, the International Rose Test Garden, the Portland Japanese Garden, and the Portland Children's Museum.

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06 Oregon Caves National Monument

The cave formations of Oregon Caves National Monument in Oregon

Appeal to your inner spelunker and visit the Oregon Caves National Monument. You'll be amazed at the marble caverns and their colossal beauty. The National Park Service runs the Ranger-led Discover Cave Tour, Candlelight Cave Tour, the Kids and Family Tour, and for the adventurous, the Off-Trail Caving Tour.

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07 Oregon Coast Trail

The view of Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock from Ecola State Park on the Oregon Coast

If you're looking to do some extensive hiking along a view that just can't be beat, check out the 382 miles of the Oregon Coast Trail. It follows the coast from the California border in the south all the way up to the mouth of the Columbia in the north. You'll hike along the beaches and occasionally along US 101 when there's nowhere else to walk.

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08 Newport, Oregon

Yaquina head lighthouse at sunrise in Oregon

Newport is a fishing village that has converted itself into an incredible beach resort town. It sits on Yaquina Bay in the middle of Oregon's west coast, and its Victorian charm is smoothly combined with modern conveniences. While there, visit the lighthouses, enjoy spectacular seafood, wander the historic bayfront, go whale watching, and check out the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

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09 Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

Dunes at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area in Florence, Oregon

The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area covers 40 miles, stretching from the Siuslaw River in the south to the Coos River in the North. The sand dunes are part of the Siuslaw National Forest and are an impressive testament to the power of wind and water erosion. They hold the title of North America's largest expanse of dunes. With peaks towering 500 feet above sea level, it's easy to see why this is a popular place to visit.

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10 Willamette National Forest

Upper South Falls in Oregon

It's hard to imagine a prettier place than Willamette National Forest. This vast forest along the west side of the Cascade Range encompasses 1.7 million acres. It's packed with incredible mountains, rivers, and volcanoes. You can visit Salt Creek Falls, which is the second highest waterfall in Oregon, visit Dee Wright Observatory, and hike the myriad of trails this forest has to offer.

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11 Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor - Oregon Coastline View

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, a 12-mile stretch along Highway 101. This natural wonderland boasts craggy bluffs, hidden beaches, and dramatic offshore rock formations. Perfect for photographers and nature enthusiasts, the corridor offers numerous viewpoints and hiking trails, each presenting a unique perspective of Oregon's rugged coastline.

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12 Sea Lion Caves

Venture into the Sea Lion Caves near Florence, one of the largest sea grottos in the world and a haven for Stellar Sea Lions. This natural marvel, accessible via an elevator from the gift shop, offers a rare glimpse into the lives of these fascinating marine creatures. The echoing roars of the sea lions and the stunning ocean views make this a memorable stop on your Oregon journey.

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13 Thor’s Well

Thor's Well with water cascading into the well on the Oregon coastline.

Experience the awe-inspiring Thor’s Well, often referred to as the 'drainpipe of the Pacific.' Located in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, this natural bowl-shaped hole creates a spectacular display during high tide or stormy weather. Witness the power of nature as the ocean water surges and swirls, offering a truly mesmerizing and photogenic spectacle.

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14 Horseback riding on Bandon Beach

Embrace the unique experience of horseback riding along the picturesque Bandon Beach. This tranquil activity allows you to explore the scenic coastline and its iconic rock formations at a leisurely pace. Suitable for riders of all levels, this adventure combines the thrill of horseback riding with the serene beauty of Oregon's southern coast.

Bandon, Oregon State, USA-April 09, 2016 : Two women and a man riding horses on the bandon beach at sunset. Nadia Yong / Shutterstock.com

15 Tidepool exploration

Sea stars pisaster ochraceus clustered at low tide

Delve into the fascinating world of Oregon's tide pools, a haven for diverse marine life. Locations like Cannon Beach and Yaquina Head offer accessible spots where you can observe starfish, crabs, urchins, and sea anemones in their natural habitat. This activity is perfect for families and anyone curious about the rich biodiversity of Oregon's coastal ecosystems.

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16 Drive across Astoria-Megler Bridge

Beautiful view of the magnificent Astoria Megler Bridge crossing the Columbia River from Astoria, Oregon to Washington

Take a memorable drive across the Astoria-Megler Bridge, the longest continuous truss bridge in North America. Spanning the Columbia River, this engineering marvel connects Oregon to Washington and offers panoramic views of the river and surrounding landscapes. The drive is a visual treat, showcasing the grandeur of the Pacific Northwest.

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17 Painted Hills

Colorful clay hills in the Painted Hills of Oregon, USA

Visit the Painted Hills, one of Oregon's most unique geological wonders. These hills, part of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, display layers of vibrant colors formed over millions of years. The Painted Cove Trail provides an easy boardwalk to view these colorful formations, making it a perfect spot for photographers and nature lovers.

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18 Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway

Bend, Oregon, USA. Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, Three Sisters Mountains

Embark on a scenic drive along the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. This route winds through the heart of Oregon's stunning mountainous landscape, offering views of alpine lakes, majestic peaks, and lush forests. Along the way, stop for hiking, fishing, or simply to enjoy the tranquility of the Cascade Range.

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19 Stand-up paddleboarding on Devils Lake

summer at Devil's Lake, Central Oregon, Pacific Northwest United States

Engage in the tranquil activity of stand-up paddleboarding on Devils Lake, known for its striking turquoise waters. This serene lake provides an ideal setting for beginners and experienced paddleboarders alike. Surrounded by scenic views, it's a perfect way to spend a sunny day, gliding peacefully over the calm waters.

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20 Visiting Toketee Falls

Toketee Falls Douglas County Oregon as seen from the viewing platform

Immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of Toketee Falls, one of Oregon's most stunning natural wonders. Nestled in the Umpqua National Forest, this majestic waterfall cascades over basalt columns into a deep, blue pool below. A relatively easy 0.8-mile hike leads you through lush forest to a well-maintained viewing platform, offering a spectacular view of the 113-foot waterfall. The sight of water plunging over the ancient lava flow creates a mesmerizing scene, perfect for photographers and nature enthusiasts alike. Toketee Falls is not just a destination; it's an experience that encapsulates the serene and wild spirit of Oregon.

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21 Powell’s City of Books

Nestled in the heart of Portland, Powell’s City of Books is a bibliophile's paradise, sprawling across an entire city block. This iconic bookstore invites visitors to lose themselves among rows upon rows of new, used, rare, and out-of-print books. The sheer volume and variety of literature available make it a must-visit for anyone who finds solace in the written word. Whether you're seeking a rare edition or just want to browse the endless aisles, Powell’s promises an unforgettable experience.

Powell's headquarters, dubbed Powell's City of Books, in downtown Portland's Pearl District. It claims to be the world's largest independent new and used bookstore. Tada Images / Shutterstock.com

22 Voodoo Doughnut

A visit to Oregon wouldn't be complete without indulging in the sweet, eccentric offerings of Voodoo Doughnut. Known for its pink boxes and innovative creations, this Portland staple has been delighting locals and tourists alike for years. From the iconic Bacon Maple Bar to the visually stunning Voodoo Doll doughnut, each treat is a work of art. Open 24 hours, Voodoo Doughnut is perfect for satisfying those late-night cravings or for a unique breakfast experience.

23 National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

Step back in time at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, located near Baker City. This immersive museum offers a glimpse into the lives of the pioneers who traversed the Oregon Trail in search of a new beginning. With live history demonstrations, interpretive programs, and over four miles of trails, visitors can experience the challenges and triumphs of the early settlers. It's a journey through history that's both educational and deeply moving.

24 Pittock Mansion

Perched high in the West Hills of Portland, the Pittock Mansion offers a panoramic view of the city and its surrounding beauty. This grandiose French Renaissance-style mansion, built in 1914, tells the story of Portland's transformation from a pioneer town to a bustling city. Touring the mansion and its beautifully maintained grounds provides insight into the lives of one of Portland's most influential families and a glimpse into the city's early 20th-century elegance.

25 Wreck of the Peter Iredale

The haunting remains of the Peter Iredale shipwreck on the Oregon coast serve as a poignant reminder of the perils faced by maritime voyagers. Stranded on Clatsop Spit near Fort Stevens since 1906, the rusted skeleton of this once-majestic vessel offers a unique photo opportunity and a moment to reflect on the power of nature. It's a sight that captivates photographers, historians, and casual visitors alike.

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