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Oregon

10647186_10152353090721546_7480551629012408304_nThis Pacific Northwest state has so much more to explore than the city of Portland! Despite only having one national park (Crater Lake), Oregon has tons of unique and strikingly beautiful natural areas across the state.

Photo: Latourell Falls, Columbia Gorge

Cascade Lakes: Located just outside of the resort city of Bend, this series of lakes has stunning mountain views and amazing hiking and boating opportunities. Read more.

Columbia Gorge: The stretch of the mighty Columbia River just east of Portland has a high concentration of waterfalls and some of the best hiking in Oregon. Read more.

Crater Lake National Park: Oregon’s only national park showcases the deepest lake in the U.S. which formed in a caldera after a volcano explosion. The stunning dark blue color of the water and its iconic hat-shaped Wizard Island make for spectacular scenery. Read more.

Oregon Coast: Oregon’s coastline is devoid of large cities and instead features dozens upon dozens of cute small towns and quiet beaches. Read more.

Painted Hills: Located in a section of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, this unique and remote natural feature exposes the changing colors of geology. Read more.

Silver Falls State Park: The premier hike in this tranquil park takes you past 10 waterfalls in only 7 easy miles. Read more.

Smith Rock State Park: Dramatic rock formations formed next to stunning river bends make this park just north of the resort city of Bend a must-see. Read more.

 

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