Crater Lake, Oregon
Beach in Oregon
Bridge in Oregon
Oceanic to the west and continental to the east, the climate of this vast state in the American West reflects its landscapes: extremely varied. 300 miles of coastline along the Pacific Ocean offers huge beaches, breathtaking cliffs and romantic dunes. The eastern part of the state, drier and more desert, is lost in mountains and gorges, offering a discovery of the great outdoors of the Far West. Oregon's plurality gives access to an incredible range of cultural and sporting activities.
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The West Coast, characterized by its famous Cannon Beach where Lewis & Clark explorers arrived, but also by its nine magnificent lighthouses. You can visit charming seaside towns such as Florence or Newport, not to mention its whale migration observation points.
Surrounded by mountains, rivers and vineyards, Portland, the economic capital, is both a highly industrialized city and a sports and cultural center. It offers a diversity of museums, festivals and charming boutiques.
One-hour northeast of Portland are Mount Hood and Columbia River, a mountain region where intensive mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, climbing and camping are practiced. Located on the banks of the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington State, The Dalles is one of the most important cities in the region. Outdoor festivals, tasting days, fairs, etc. are organized here.
The Willamette Valley is the heart of Oregon's agriculture and wine growing. In spring and summer, small farmers' markets hatch throughout the valley. A valley also very famous for its vineyards and its famous Pinot Noir vines. Tastings are organized throughout the year. From September onwards, it is also possible to participate in the harvest. The temperate climate is very popular in summer with cyclists and hikers. History in the Willamette Valley is omnipresent. There are Victorian influences in this region, especially in Albany where you can walk through more than 700 historic buildings and shop at antique dealers. While crossing the Wine Route, you can take a break at the Evergreen Aviation Museum where Howard Hughes' planes and Fly Boat are displayed in the middle of the vineyards. It is also home to the capital, Salem, and its famous Bush House Museum & Rose Garden. The other major city in the valley is called Eugene, with a young and dynamic population.
Very popular in summer, the south of the state offers a wide variety of sporting and cultural activities: fishing, rafting, kayaking, but also mountain biking or hiking. Caving is the specialty of the South because of its preserved caves, considered as true historical monuments. The region also has one of the most beautiful parks in the United States, Crater Lake National Park with its ancient volcano and lake region, including the deepest in North America: 1000 feet of abyss! Throughout the summer, South Oregon organizes various festivals: music such as the Britt Festival in Jacksonville, or theater at the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. The Umpqua Valley will make you appreciate its wine route. The region's spectacular diversity of landscapes, alternating mountains, waterfalls, lakes and rivers, will be remembered.
The center is the driest region in the state. There are about 300 days of sunshine per year, which makes it a paradise for athletes, winter and summer alike. Between desert and mountain, the choice is wide: individual sports (mountain biking, fishing, hiking) or team sports (kayaking, rafting). A sparsely populated region, it offers calm and tranquility. You can spend your holidays there by staying on a ranch for an unusual experience. Mount Bachelor, which stands at 7,500 feet, offers the opportunity to practice winter sports. During the summer in Bend there are beer fairs and barbecues.
Eastern Oregon, referred to as the "Far West", was once occupied by four tribes of Amerindians. The Americans in this area are therefore very typical. All summer long, rodeos and Pow Wows attract crowds. The most famous is Pendleton, which ranks third among the largest rodeos in North America. It is by definition the ranch region. Extreme sports such as river sports and climbing can also be practiced. Curious Indian art lovers will find their happiness there.