Bring your sense of adventure to life on a holiday to Oregon, where there is so much to explore. In this wondrous Pacific Northwest state, the magnificent Cascade Mountains give way to mighty rivers, water glistens in lakes high up above the clouds, waves roar on untamed beaches, and even the cities are alive with the wonder of nature.
Among a land that speaks to the magnificence of the natural world, Oregon’s towns and cities sit, proudly embracing their surroundings. Visit the eccentric city of Portland and experience its infamous craft breweries, incredible coffee and Japanese gardens. Head to Astoria, a historic city at the mouth of the Columbia River, then drive south and find yourself on the rustic coastline of Cannon Beach.
Experience the 7 Wonders of Oregon
Atop the Cascade Mountains, Crater Lake sits in all its glory, its sapphire blue waters glimmering. In eastern Oregon, the reds, golds and yellows of the painted hills wait to tell you tales of history that brought them into being, and the Wallowa Mountains stand with stunning views and bountiful rivers.
In the north of the state, Mount Hood’s summit stands tall among alpine lakes and valleys filled with forests and wildflowers, while the sound of water rushing through the Columbia River Gorge carries in the wind.
To the west, Oregon is lined with one of the most breath-taking coasts, scattered with sand dunes, rock formations and wondrous sea life.
In the heart of the state, Smith Rock waits expectantly to share its world-renowned climbing, hiking and abundant nature.
Continue exploring the Pacific Northwest and venture onto neighbouring Washington State to explore its delectable wine country and impressive coast. If you want to go a little further afield, why not combine your Oregon holiday with a road trip down to San Francisco?
Great sample itineraries
Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Oregon holidays. With so many options for your Oregon holiday package, we recommend you talk to one of our Destination Specialists to make the perfect tailor-made holiday just for you.
Pacific Coast Highway Motorcycle Tour
San Francisco To Seattle Road Trip
Oregon is blessed with natural wonders, so make your holiday here a trip to remember with immersing yourself in the great outdoors. Head to the deepest lake in America, drive winding scenic byways, watch the waves sculpt sandstone shorelines, ride an exhilarating dune buggy and see abundant marine life from the rocky coastline. Oregon has incredible vineyards from the Willamette Valley to the Gorge, abundant microbreweries and coffee houses in Portland and in Eastern Oregon's Wild West you can see alpine peaks, wide open wildernesses and rocky desert canyons in cowboy country.
Explore the Oregon Coast
Rocky spires, sheer cliffs and surging waves accompany the stunning ocean views of this dramatic coastline and are just waiting to be explored.
Crater Lake National Park
America's deepest lake is surrounded by picturesque scenery, making it perfect for hiking, camping and wildlife viewing with your family and friends.
Eastern Oregon's Wild West and cowboy country - expect alpine peaks, rocky desert canyons and wide open wilderness. Visit a working ranch, take the gondola 3,700 feet up to the peak of Mount Howard and journey into Hells Canyon by car, boat or hiking trail.
Crowned by 11 glaciers, the permanently snowy peaks of Mount Hood is home to six distinct ski areas. Lavender and wildflowers fill the valleys in spring and in late summer and then in the autumn bring berries and fruits galore. Winter is perfect for exploring in the snow and then relaxing by an open fire at one of the local lodges.
See millions of years of history revealed in the layers of colourful rock at the John Day Fossil Beds. We recommend visiting late in the afternoon where the yellows, golds, blacks and reds are most vivid and the region is best explored when you hire a car or motorhome to travel around with your family.
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Take a drive along the 101 from Newport out to the Sea Lion Caves. This is America’s largest cave system, home to a large colony of lazy, vocal sea lions. There’s an elevator to the bottom, so you don’t need to worry about the climb, and the best time to visit is fall or winter.
Spend an afternoon of wine tasting in the Willamette Valley, where the region is well known for its distinctive Pinot Noir.
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Oregon holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.
Oregon Brewers Festival
Each July, Portland, a city famous for its craft beer scene, plays host to the Oregon Brewers Festival. The festival features all local brewers and sees beer lovers coming together to sample local craft beer and enjoy homebrewing demonstrations, delicious food, and an array of beer-related vendors.
Summer Kite Festival
Held on the beach in Lincoln, the Summer Kite Festival is a summer tradition. For two days, the sky over the beach at the D River State Recreation Site is filled with colourful and crazy kites. There’s impressive performances by professional kite fliers, kite-making workshops and, of course, lots of kite flying.
Waterfront Blues Festival
For five days in July, crowds gather at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland to listen to live soul, funk, and rhythm and blues music, dance, eat delicious food, and witness an incredible fireworks display over the Willamette River. As well as being a great music festival, Waterfront Blues Festival is also the city’s main fourth of July celebration.
Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Oregon holiday.
Oregon’s food scene is one of a kind. The state’s fertile land and coastal location means there’s fresh produce aplenty, which is crafted into delicious dishes by Oregon’s culinary masters. Here are a few of our favourite culinary experiences to tuck into.
Oregon’s coast is teeming with Dungeness crab, and it’s a firm favourite across the state, especially because of its deliciously sweet taste. It can be prepared and served in many styles.
Oregon is home to Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton and the Dundee Hills, all of which produce some of the world’s finest Pinot Noir. Popularity of Oregon’s take on this red wine is growing, so it’s definitely worth a try while you’re here.
The marionberry is a type of blackberry that was first developed in 1945 at Oregon State University, and has since become a favourite throughout Oregon. A particularly beloved use of this unique berry is in a pie. With a sweet and tart filling encased in buttery pastry, marionberry pie is a must to tuck into during your Oregon holiday.
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