Wild Open Spaces: Oregon

Mountain, forest, sand, sea, waterfalls, wine ... Oregon's seven distinct regions offer up one wondrous opportunity for adventures to remember. Check out the following region-specific itineraries in Oregon, get ideas and inspiration ... then go!

Week: 12.07.2021
Regions: Northern & Southern CA

Central Oregon: Center of Adventure

Craft Beer and Year-round Adventure in Central Oregon

woman mountain biking in Bend Oregon
talking about beer in Oregon
beer after mountain biking in Bend Oregon
It's good to be the center of it all—and that's especially true in Central Oregon, home to the craft beer capital of the nation, the Deschutes River, and more adventure trails than you can dream of.
Central Oregon Outdoor Adventures

Waterfalls, Wine, Wanderlust: Willamette Valley

Take a Trip to Oregon's Beautiful Willamette Valley

waterfall in the Willamette Valley
people wine tasting in Willamette Valley
Willamette Valley wine taste
Oregon’s lush and lovely Willamette Valley is home to the McKenzie River, an outdoor adventurer’s paradise with its crystalline waters and surrounding waterfall hikes. Oh, and the wine … it “reigns and pours” world-famous pinots here.
Discovers the Wonders of Willamette Valley

The Coast with the Most Adventures

Oregon Coast Adventure Guide

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
Boats on the Oregon Coast
woman on the Oregon Coast
The Oregon Coast isn't your average coast. Take a road trip through charming towns, see numerous historic lighthouses, explore shipwreck beaches, wander bustling promenades, or go “sandboarding” at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
Explore the Oregon Coast

Adventure Plan Portland

Portland Adventures within the City and Just Beyond

Multnomah Falls near Portland
Portland Farmers Market
Portland Beer and dog
Portland Biketown
With the Willamette River running through it and Mt. Hood rising crisply on the horizon, Portland is well-known for its exceptional food, coffee, culture, and beer scene. But it’s also an ideal basecamp for branching out into nature and a bevy of outdoor adventures within city limits and just beyond.
Portland's Marquee Must-Dos

Gorge-ous Escape

Explore Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge
Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls Lodge
East Gorge Food Trail
Oregon’s tallest mountain? That’s Mt. Hood—surrounded by six ski areas, surprise waterfall hikes, and plenty of rivers, lakes, and streams to play in. Just east of Portland, the region of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge brings a range of outdoor adventures for every season.
The Best of Mt. Hood & Columbia River Gorge

The Wild, Wild East

Adventures in Vast and Beautiful Eastern Oregon

Woman in the Painted Hills in Eastern Oregon
Eastern Oregon hot springs
Alvord Desert in Eastern Oregon
biking the Alvord Desert in Oregon
Gloriously uncrowded and teeming with terrain both sublime and rugged, Eastern Oregon is truly wild, with natural hot springs, the deepest canyon in North America, and the extraordinary Painted Hills.
Go Wild in Eastern Oregon

Expansive Southern Oregon

Adventure to Southern Oregon, Crater Lake, and Beyond

winter sunset at Crater Lake national park
Toketee Falls
Crater Lake national park in winter
Crater Lake swimming
It’s where you’ll find Oregon’s only national park, Crater Lake, a volcanic wonder that’s the deepest lake in the country. Southern Oregon is a land of remote open spaces, Dark Skies, waterfalls, and healing hot springs. Hit the road for a bounty of outdoors and book some guided tours.
Adventure Plan: Southern Oregon

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  1. Afternoon on the Island

    What is it about tiny islands in the middle of lakes? There’s something that just draws you in. It’s even more fun when getting there is half the adventure because you have to reach it by canoe, kayak, paddleboat, or a ranger guided boat tour!

  2. Camp and Kayak at Utica Reservoir in Stanislaus National Forest

    Sleeper Hit

    It's all about the water, and the camping, at Utica Reservoir in Stanislaus National Forest, a High Sierra reservoir perfect for kayak explorations and pitching your tent with the lake in the background.

  3. Hiker in the forest at Mount Sutro in San Francisco

    San Francisco's Middle Earth

    No need to travel to New Zealand to visit Middle Earth. San Francisco’s Mount Sutro Open Space is practically Hobbiton—a hidden “shire” in the middle of the city. Okay, maybe not quite as magical, but still an incredible place to take a hike in city limits.

  4. Woman walking down the stairs overlooking the ocean on the Coastal Trail in San Francisco

    America's Best Urban Hike

    Many years ago we dubbed it the “Grand Walk” and said it was one of the most scenic and stunning trails in the West. We were wrong. This is the most scenic urban hike in America!


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  1. Two people smiling for a selfie on Santa Cruz Island Channel Island National Park

    Island Ahoy!

    Take to the seas on a weekend adventure to remote Santa Cruz Island (the largest among Channel Islands National Park) and an idyllic campsite coupled with a rugged 8-mile (round-trip) trek to a hidden beach.

  2. woman on rocks at Salt Point State Park Sonoma Coast

    Sweet and Salty

    Located on Highway 1 about 18 miles north of Jenner, Salt Point State Park is wild, scenic, and one of the most beautiful places to do some classic coastal camping.

  3. Woman biking the Ventura to Ojai bike path in Ventura County

    Ojai There!

    If a substantive and super scenic bike ride is right in your wheelhouse, do the 30-mile (round-trip) Ventura-to-Ojai bike path that begins (and ends) near the Ventura shoreline, pit-stopping in delightful Ojai for food and drinks.

  4. Masterpiece Marshland + Beers

    San Dieguito Lagoon is one of the biggest wetland habitats in America. Uncover the magical marshland masterpiece on a gentle 3-mile out-and-back urban hike with a pit stop at a brewery.