Visit Oregon's 7 Wonders

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Oregon's 7 Wonders of the world show the diversity and history of this state. While, a few are just areas and others attractions, it is worth visiting them all.

Oregon's 7 Wonders

The Oregon Coast

Stretching 363.1 miles, the coast has beautiful sandy beaches, rock beaches, towering rock walls or sand dunes. There are some areas that you can drive right onto the beach to hang out for the day and they are all dog friendly.

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Some of our favorite locations along this stretch are:

  • Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Dunes City
  • Thor's Well
  • The city of Yachats
  • South Beach State Park
  • The city of Pacific City
  • Tillamook Creamery
  • Cannon Beach
  • The city of Astoria

Mount Hood

Mount Hood is Oregon's highest mountain and is currently an active stratovolcano. It is also the only mountain that you will find people skiing 12 months out of the year. Their lift is open all year.

A couple areas to check out when exploring Mount Hood are:

  • Timberline Lodge
  • Clear Lake
  • White River West Sno Park

The Columbia River Gorge

This is one of the most beautiful places in Oregon. Even after its devastating first in 2016. Most of the gorge has been reopened but there are still places that remain closed and may remain closed for decades. The Columbia River Gorge runs along Hwy 84 in northern Oregon. There are many spots to stop along the way.

A few of our favorite spots:

  • Multnomah Falls
  • The city of Hood River
  • Latourell Falls
  • Bridal Falls

Crater Lake

Crate Lake is Oregon's only National Park. It was formed by a collapsed volcano named Mount Mazama. This collapse created the deepest lake in the United States.

This National Park is open all year for this view but most of it shuts down during the winter. Your best bet is to start your time at Crater Lake National Park at Rim Village. You can hike, take a boat to Wizard Island, camp or fish for Salmon or Trout.

Painted Hills - John Day Fossil Bends National Monument

Located in Central Oregon, this is in an area off grid. Created over 35 million years ago, it's colors show the different climates it survived.

There are four Units to this National Monument:

  1. Thomas Condon Paleontology Center - Best for Fossils
  2. Sheep Rock Unit - View Eroded Claystone
  3. Painted Hills Unit - The Most Popular
  4. Clarno Unit - Cliffs

There are limited services in this area as mentioned that it is pretty off grid. If you Pack It In, then Pack It Out.

The Wallowas

This mountain range is located in north east Oregon. Most of the range is in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, which is part of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. This area has the best hiking and back country camping in the state.

Our two favorite hikes to do in the area that are great day hikes are:

  • Maxwell Lake - 8 miles RT with 2,450' in elevation gain.
  • Ice Lake - 15.5 miles RT with 3,356' in elevation gain. This lake is the most popular in the area.

Smith Rock State Park

Rock climbers are happy with this next Wonder as it has some of the best rock climbing in the state. It has thousands of potential climbs. Aside from that, trail runners, hikers and wildlife views are all happy with this one.

Misery Ridge is the most popular trail here. Get to the highest point and on a clear day see central Oregon for miles. Some of the best fun is sitting near the river and watching the river otter play.

Traditional Land of the Northern Paiute.

Have you been to any of Oregon's 7 wonders?

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