6 Fun Things To See & Do In Oregon
One of the jewels of the Pacific Northwest, Oregon is filled with resplendent natural beauty, unique cultural attractions, and an assortment of opportunities for outdoor recreation. If you're planning a trip to the state, or if you're a local interested in doing some exploring, the destinations listed here will provide plenty of fun and enrichment. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.
6 Exciting Oregon Destinations
|Red Hills Market||Collaborating with nearby farms and artisans, it celebrates the abundance of local and seasonal ingredients by sharing them with the community of Dundee and the Willamette Valley|
|The City of Portland||Offers everything from parks and gardens, to art and Jewish history museums, to the Oregon Zoo and Powell's City of Books|
|Rose City Classic||Located in Portland, it's an internationally renowned series of dog shows featuring various juried competitions|
|WildSpring Guest Habitat||A small, eco-friendly bed and breakfast resort in Port Orford, nestled on five acres of forest and boasting five cabin suites|
|The Oregon Coast||Stretching along Highway 101 to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, it comprises 363 miles of rugged shoreline with quaint towns, restaurants, artsy communities, and outdoor recreation|
|Irving Street Kitchen||Serves casually elegant American cuisine in the heart of Portland's Pearl District|
Welcome to Portland
Oregon Facts and Statistics
- Population: 3.4 million
- Median age: 36.3
- Population over 65: 12.8%
- Congressional districts: 5
- Owner-occupied housing rate: 64.3%
- Median household income: $56,119
- Poverty rate: 12.6%
- Total area: 98,381 square miles
- State animal: American beaver
- State fish: Chinook salmon
- Crater lake is the deepest lake in the United States
- Portland has more breweries (60+) than any other city in the world
- In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide
Traveling the Oregon Coast
Oregon is a destination with an abundance of natural beauty and outdoor attractions. Hiking trails, beaches and lakes are sure to impress adventurous travelers while charming cities and coastal towns offer restaurants, galleries and cultural institutions for those who are keen to explore. In no particular order, here are some places to check out on your next trip to America's 33rd state.
Coming in first at #1 on our list is Red Hills Market. Located in Dundee, Oregon, this family run business was founded in 2011 by husband and wife Jody and Michelle Kropf. Taking inspiration from the local bounty that surrounds the Willamette Valley, Red Hills Market serves seasonal dishes that visitors and locals have come to love.
Through its collaboration with nearby farms and artisans, Red Hills Market celebrates the abundance of local and seasonal ingredients by sharing them with the community. If visitors are planning on an overnight stay, The Market Lofts come fully furnished with a bed, linens, a modern kitchenette, private bathrooms, and complimentary internet.
Through its collaboration with nearby farms and artisans, Red Hills Market celebrates the abundance of local and seasonal ingredients by sharing them with the community.
#2 on our list is the city of Portland. Also known as The Rose City, this metropolis has no shortage of things to do. The Portland Art Museum, which houses a large, wide-ranging display of artworks, is central to the city's cultural district. Similarly, history buffs and art lovers will find much to explore at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.
For lovers of literature, Powell's City of Books is open 365 days a year and is packed with eclectic offerings. After perusing the bookshelves, visitors can head to Lan Su Chinese Garden, an authentic Ming Dynasty-style garden located in Portland's historic Chinatown district. The Oregon Zoo, located just north of downtown in Washington Park, is home to more than 2,600 animals and is a great excursion for both adults and children.
At #3 on our list, The Rose City Classic is one of the largest and most popular dog events in the United States. Each year in January, canines from all over America and even some from foreign countries travel to Portland to compete for various titles. The event spans five days, and includes a variety of specialty competitions.
The event spans five days, and includes a variety of specialty competitions.
Each of the shows features a set of criteria for judging known as conformation. At Rose City Classic, more than 170 American Kennel Club breeds compete in conformation to earn championships such as Best of Breed and Best in Show. In addition to the aforementioned competitions, Rose City Classic offers other performance events that showcase agility, obedience, tricks, and temperament testing.
Next up at #4 on our list, WildSpring Guest Habitat is a small, eco-friendly bed and breakfast resort in Port Orford, which is located 60 miles north of California. Nestled on five acres of forest, this secluded destination has virtually zero carbon footprint. The five cabin suites on the property are decorated elegantly to showcase the beauty of the natural forest surroundings.
The founders of WildSpring Guest Habitat planned every aspect of the resort to be eco-sensitive. All of the cleaning supplies that are used are nontoxic, pH-neutral and scent-free. Each cabin is equipped with scentless soy candles and toiletries that are 100% natural. Guests can find quiet beaches, great windsurfing spots and hiking trails, all nearby the resort.
Guests can find quiet beaches, great windsurfing spots and hiking trails, all nearby the resort.
#5 on our list is the Oregon Coast. Stretching along Highway 101 to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Oregon Coast is 363 miles of rugged shoreline where tide pools share sunsets with beach communities and lighthouses. There are quaint towns, artsy communities and countless outdoor adventures to experience along this historic route.
Whale watching is a year-round activity on the Oregon Coast, with gray whales being the most commonly seen. Some people prefer the view from a boat, airplane, or helicopter, which are available to sightseers when good weather permits. After the sun sets, visitors can grab a bowl of clam chowder at one of the many restaurants that serve fresh seafood along the coast.
Last but not least, #6 on our list is Irving Street Kitchen. Located in the heart of the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon, this restaurant serves casual American cuisine in an elegant setting. Chef Sarah Schafer leads a tight-knit team who work together to create eclectic menus that are inspired by classical techniques and the science of cooking.
Chef Sarah Schafer leads a tight-knit team who work together to create eclectic menus that are inspired by classical techniques and the science of cooking.
Irving Street Kitchen's name is a nod to American cook, author, and television personality Julia Child. In addition to tasty food and professional hospitality, Irving Street Kitchen offers a list of handcrafted cocktails, local wine, beer, and an extensive selection of spirits. For guests who would rather dine at home or at a picnic, old-fashioned buckets of fried chicken are available for pickup or delivery.