OREGON – Best Summer Destination for Outdoor Activities
When the Pioneers made the long, hard journey over the Oregon Trail to the Pacific Northwest, they discovered a land with unsurpassed natural beauty. Almost 200 years later, America is still in love with the incredible Cascade Mountains, thick green forests and fertile valleys. Oregon is a land of rivers, lakes, waterfalls and a magnificent Pacific coastline. Travelers who love adventure, outdoor activities and expansive, wide open unspoiled spaces plan their vacations in Oregon. Whether it is hiking, biking fishing, camping or exploring that strikes your fancy; you will find all of these outdoor activities in Oregon.
There is no better place in the world if you like to hike. Thousands of trails all across the state provide ample opportunity to see and explore the natural beauty of the northwest United States. It rains a lot in this section of the country and that keeps all the trees and foliage looking green. Hikers have their choice of walking short easy trails or longer, more difficult trails. There are numerous trails suitable for families and others that are for more experienced hikers. Choices of hikes range from a climb through the Cascade Mountains to a walk around Crater Lake or a pleasant excursion on an easy to walk Portland trail. A few ideas are shown below
Ten Falls Canyon Trail in Silver Falls State Park
Make a trip to Salem and you can take a leisurely hike through the largest state park over a 10 mile trail. Plan for a half day to walk through an awesome canyon and see 10 beautiful waterfalls. The Park is very well maintained and there are plenty of benches and places to rest.
Crater Lake – Garfield Peak
A shorter but more challenging hike is the 3.5 mile trail that takes you around the ridge of Crater Lake and then asks you to climb a substantial incline to reach the 8,060 foot summit that is Garfield Peak. You can expect to spend a few hours up here taking in the incredible panoramic views of Crater Lake. The trail is located right by the Crater Lake Lodge where you can stay the night if you choose.
Washington Park – Green Hills
Located just outside of Portland, this is a great little trail that is perfect for the whole family. You’ll walk the Woodland Trail and have the opportunity to visit other attractions including a nice zoo and a beautiful Japanese Garden. When you get to the Pittock Mansion look down a thousand feet and you’ll get a great view of the city of Portland. Click here for more information about Hiking in Oregon.
Oregonians are really in to bike riding and you can join them when you spend your summer vacation in Oregon. Bicycling Magazine rated Portland as the number-one biking city in the United States. Portland also has the distinction of having the highest percentage (7%) of bike commuters who go to work and travel around the city routinely on their two-wheel, non-polluting vehicles. Outside of Portland there are wonderful back roads and scenic trails to ride. Trails range from short and easy to long and demanding. No matter what your level of fitness and biking experience, you can enjoy the great outdoors by getting on a bike and letting the breeze blow through your hair.
People come from all over the world to experience the fantastic fly fishing that is one of the “reel” selling points for travel to Oregon. One particularly nice area to go fly fishing is the Deschutes River. Starting from Little Lava Lake in the Cascades, the River runs north some 250 miles before it empties out into the Columbia River. Fly fishing was given national exposure in the 1992 Hollywood movie “A River Runs Through It” and has always been popular among those who love to fish. Catching Rainbow Trout involves a personal battle as the fish fight back, twisting, turning and jumping out of the water trying to avoid capture. Steelhead and Redband trout are favorite catches for the Oregon fly fisherman.
From coastal campgrounds to campgrounds along a river or deep in the woods, there are great spaces and places to spend a night or maybe more under the stars. While there are plenty of campgrounds where you can park your RV and enjoy all of the modern conveniences like air-conditioning and television that is not real camping. Instead, bring your tent and sleeping bag and camp out like any good Boy Scout would do. Make sure you are prepared like every good scout should be and bring a flashlight, compass, sunscreen, first aid kit and even your cell phone when you get in touch with nature in the great outdoors.
Now you can understand why so many people are in love with this special place. In Oregon, all outdoor activities are possible. We have only scratched the surface of the many things there are to see and do. Follow our blog for further adventures in Oregon.
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