Oregon is one of the most beautiful states in the country and perfect for an adult-only or couples getaway. With famous vineyards in the Willamette Valley, mountains, lakes, coastal destinations, and who could forget Portland?
Here are three reasons why we think you need to make plans to visit the beautiful state of Oregon.
Famed for its “Keep Portland Weird” vibe, Portland is one of the USA’s most unique, open-minded, and exciting cities. Spend a day exploring the downtown area, including the stylish Pearl District where you’ll find chic shops, restaurants( like the Oven and Shaker which showcases the talents of six-time James Beard Award-nominated chef Cathy Whims), and galleries. Drop into Powell’s Books, the world’s largest independent bookstore, and be sure to grab donuts from the world-famous Voodo Donut.
Did you know Portland is called the City of Roses? Washington Park, which includes the Portland Japanese Garden and the International Rose Test Garden (home to over 10,000 roses), both of which have stunning views of the city. Take a leisurely, romantic stroll through the Lan Su Chinese Garden (don’t forget to visit the teahouse)which takes up an entire city block and is one of the country's only authentic Chinese gardens. Don’t forget to take photos at the Keep Portland Weird mural and at the iconic Portland stag sign!
If you're up for a hike, visit one of the Columbia River Gorge's many spectacular waterfalls just outside of the city. This set of waterfalls includes the beautiful Multnomah Falls, and are some of the best waterfalls in Portland. Visit Pittock Mansion for hiking trails as well one of the most spectacular views in town. Pittock Mansion's viewpoint, nestled high in the West Hills, offers a 1,000-foot-high view of Portland's skyline. Enjoy views of five Cascade Mountains on a clear day: Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, and Mount Jefferson.
A visit to Oregon wine country is a must for anyone who enjoys food, wine, nature, and scenic views. With its lush rolling hills and gorgeous scenery, Willamette Valley offers visitors a "taste of France." You'll have a trip to remember with over 500 wineries, world-renowned Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, a growing restaurant scene, unforgettable views, and charming historic downtown districts. The valley features a thriving culinary scene with a diverse selection of restaurants, a luxury resort, a high-end inn, and quaint B&Bs.
Spend the day exploring the picturesque countryside and indulge in a personalized sommelier curated private wine experience with Dirty Radish. While wineries are the main attraction for wine tourists, there are also other things to see and do, such as visiting an art gallery, biking, hiking, or floating above wine country in a hot air balloon.
A drive along the coast here is simply one of the must-see scenic drives in the United States. Seaside resort towns, rugged cliffs high above the crashing surf, and spectacular views of the open ocean are all highlights. Cannon Beach is consistently ranked as a top romantic getaway destination and was named one of America's ten most romantic coastal destinations by USA
Today. Take long walks on the beach as you watch the sunset over the ocean and afterward, settle down to a roaring fire. Be sure to bring a bottle of wine and supplies for making S’mores.
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